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Brave mainstream media journalists are finally doing what they always should be doing: report the story and let readers and viewers decide the truth for themselves. Today, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl released their top story – the headline says it all: “Exclusive: Benghazi Talking Points Underwent 12 Revisions, Scrubbed of Terror Reference.”

Karl obtained from his sources 12 different versions of the talking points, which he writes “show they were extensively edited as they evolved from the drafts first written entirely by the CIA to the final version distributed to Congress and to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice before she appeared on five talk shows.” 

Reviewing White House e-mails, Karl reports that “the edits were made with extensive input from the States Department” and, most importantly, that there were discussions “that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well as CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack.” 

Karl reveals clearly how White House press chief Jay Carney lied to the media at his press conference. Karl writes:

That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November.

“Those talking points originated from the intelligence community. They reflect the IC’s best assessments of what they thought had happened,” Carney told reporters at the White House press briefing on November 28, 2012.  “The White House and the State Department have made clear that the single adjustment that was made to those talking points by either of those two institutions were changing the word ‘consulate’ to ‘diplomatic facility’ because ‘consulate’ was inaccurate.”

Next, Karl presents the most shocking e-mail released so far: one from State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, who lets others in her shop know why the truth must be kept under wraps. Karl writes:

Summaries of White House and State Department emails – some of which were first published by Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard — show that the State Department had extensive input into the editing of the talking points.

State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland raised specific objections to this paragraph drafted by the CIA in its earlier versions of the talking points:

“The Agency has produced numerous pieces on the threat of extremists linked to al-Qa’ida in Benghazi and eastern Libya. These noted that, since April, there have been at least five other attacks against foreign interests in Benghazi by unidentified assailants, including the June attack against the British Ambassador’s convoy. We cannot rule out the individuals has previously surveilled the U.S. facilities, also contributing to the efficacy of the attacks.”

In an email to officials at the White House and the intelligence agencies, State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland took issue with including that information because it “could be abused by members [of Congress] to beat up the State Department for not paying attention to warnings, so why would we want to feed that either?  Concerned …”

The paragraph was entirely deleted. (my emphasis)

Later, Nuland also told others not to name any terrorist groups, as the CIA reports had done, because “we don’t want to prejudice the investigation.” How, one wonders, is letting all the facts be presented prejudicial in any way to finding out what happened? When changes were made that did not satisfy her, Nuland referred to the latest version as not satisfying “my building’s leadership.”

Who ordered Nuland to excise these in order to protect the State Department’s reputation? How high did it go? Was it Hillary’s top aide, or the secretary of State herself? What individual in “leadership” gave Nuland her arguments? 

It is also brave of Karl to acknowledge the contribution to honest journalism of Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard. This is the first time to my recollection that a major TV network has praised the conservative journal and directly cited its top reporter. 

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I posted something similar to this later in the day Sept 12, 2012:

There are protocols in place since the Iranian hostage crisis that deals with attacks on diplomatic missions. The protocols are set up so that it is impossible for the CIC to not be informed in any situation more than 5 minutes of an attack. (hell, they probably had real-time video of the attack).

As this has played out, and what is plainly obvious from the pics published online from the British tabloids while the attack was still ongoing, the administration's first reaction was to lie.

Make no bones about it, obama, the vast majority of his administration, Hillary and her sycophant underlings, and a super majority of the diplomatic core is of the same ilk: They are radical communist revolutionaries of the Alinsky model of failure.

Of course they lied. I knew they were lying on day one. It is what they do. They have to. Their entire philosophy of governance is based on a big lie: communism.

As we speak, the machine is roiling. Tracks are being covered. F & F all over again. People are being transferred. Money is changing hands. Threats are a dime a dozen. The lawyers are throwing the F & F blanket of "security clearance" over anyone who fails to follow the narrative.

It is simply the way these pathological narcissist power hungry control freaks of dysfunction operate. The only way to stop them is to present them with the wrong end of a barrel of a gun. Nothing more, nothing less.

We tried the ballot box only to find out we just had the most fraudulent election in US history. The infiltration of the institutions of culture, media, education, medicine, and government is now complete. It will self propagate itself on its own now. The path of failed civilizations is now institutionalized in the USA. The crash is by design. It is what the left labors so hard for. In their sick minds it is better to have total control of a self inflicted disaster than to have some control where there is opposition.

And that is what this is all about: Control.
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I do appreciate honesty, sure.
But first they got their idol re-elected, then they got a bucket of honesty and re-painted themselves "journalists".
The damage is done. Serious damage.
Yes, they could be helpful now to get to the truth.
I would wait a while for the "kudos".

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The leftists are convinced the truth is 'hateful' and 'mean'. It is neither: it is TRUTH. Dr. FEELGOOD's ministrations via Jay Carney (he was once one of them so he 'knows' what makes them tick) has evoked that lovin' feelin' the WH press corps has for Dear Leader. They like him (Carney) and it shows. Long gone are the days of objective reporting to be replaced by subjective attitude reporting based on emotion aka feelings. Surely they aware of what's going on but, the sad fact is, they DO NOT CARE. A once great profession has kicked Integrity, Character and Credibility aside for what they consider to be in THEIR best interests. Spilth, the American people are spilth. (look it up. It is a word and more appropriate than the other S word) They believe what we write and utter, no biggie. Actually, the reporters are more concerned with accurate transcription from their steno pads. If done so with care and the correct attitude there's more intense ministrations to come.
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Aw, they just got tired of losing viewership and going in the tank for Obama causing them to lose the big bucks. After all, the bottom-line is always money.
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"Kudos to ABC News."

True in a sense. They were a solid member of the big team that kept the cover up on the Benghazi cover up to help ensure Prez Obama's reelection. Now they're teamed with Fox RINO to help engage the public on getting the truth about an event that can result in no substantive reform.

Also, the stgory will help distract the public from far bigger stories like national bankrupcy, the Global Warming (now Climate Change) fraud, the rewarding of 20 million illegal aliens with citizenship and $7 trillion in benefits for their crime, and more.

Also, it shores up the credibility it partially lost in sacrifice for the good of the election.

Yes, kudos to ABC News. It knows how to play both sides of the street, and that's all we ask.
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Think about what took place today - Friday - May 10, 2013. The Mastodon Media (at least some) breaks their conspiracy of silence to expose (at least for now) the low down lying filth seeping from the pores of this administration and the IRS apologizes for its persecution of anyone on the right who has joined adversarial groups to protest and dissent our fascistic overlords. In both instances the right has been claiming media bias and deliberate suppression by the most powerful federal agency. AND THEY WERE RIGHT. So let me put a spit shine on my tin foil hat. Because I have been for so long accused of wearing one I thought I might give in and make myself a doozy. It was picking up all the right signals. ALL ALONG.
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You have to understand one facet of the bureaucratic mindset; once you get within a level or two of political appointees, the most valuable skill is mind-reading. A lot of decisions get made by 'crats a level or two below the person with their name in the directory acting on what they think the boss wants or would do. The first thing most political level bosses want is to not have to make a decision that might involve risk or controversy. 'Crats know this, so they often make decision based on making sure the boss doesn't have to take a risk or court controversy.

I know most of the bad decisions my subordinates made was caused by their making a decision based on what they thought I'd want or do rather than just acting like a subordinate and asking me what I wanted done.
49 weeks ago
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Man! I wish I could attach a hose to ABC. I have a few projects that need some serious sucking.
My septic tank, for one. They'd love the garlic.
49 weeks ago
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I posted something similar to this later in the day Sept 12, 2012:

There are protocols in place since the Iranian hostage crisis that deals with attacks on diplomatic missions. The protocols are set up so that it is impossible for the CIC to not be informed in any situation more than 5 minutes of an attack. (hell, they probably had real-time video of the attack).

As this has played out, and what is plainly obvious from the pics published online from the British tabloids while the attack was still ongoing, the administration's first reaction was to lie.

Make no bones about it, obama, the vast majority of his administration, Hillary and her sycophant underlings, and a super majority of the diplomatic core is of the same ilk: They are radical communist revolutionaries of the Alinsky model of failure.

Of course they lied. I knew they were lying on day one. It is what they do. They have to. Their entire philosophy of governance is based on a big lie: communism.

As we speak, the machine is roiling. Tracks are being covered. F & F all over again. People are being transferred. Money is changing hands. Threats are a dime a dozen. The lawyers are throwing the F & F blanket of "security clearance" over anyone who fails to follow the narrative.

It is simply the way these pathological narcissist power hungry control freaks of dysfunction operate. The only way to stop them is to present them with the wrong end of a barrel of a gun. Nothing more, nothing less.

We tried the ballot box only to find out we just had the most fraudulent election in US history. The infiltration of the institutions of culture, media, education, medicine, and government is now complete. It will self propagate itself on its own now. The path of failed civilizations is now institutionalized in the USA. The crash is by design. It is what the left labors so hard for. In their sick minds it is better to have total control of a self inflicted disaster than to have some control where there is opposition.

And that is what this is all about: Control.
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Yup.
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It's a long way from proving a bunch of politicians tried to cover their asses to proving someone was responsible for an Ambassador's death. Definitely a step in the right direction, but will it be enough to keep Congress and the MSM interested?
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Jay Carney lied?!?!

I am SOOO disillusioned.
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Sharyl Attkisson should get a pulitzer for this. She was the ONLY one who kept this story alive of the big 3. Even fox was lack-luster on this story.
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Pulitzer? Eh, not so much. Maybe a good nights sleep from having a clear conscience.
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