June 29, 2016

JOURNALISM: Flashback: ’60 Minutes’ edits Obama’s answer on Benghazi.

CBS News’ “60 Minutes” selectively edited an interview with President Obama in 2012 to omit his comment that it was unclear whether an assault on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, was the pre-meditated work of terrorists, or a random uprising.

Obama’s uncertainty in that interview, conducted one day after the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack, stands in sharp contrast to when he stated indignantly during an Oct. 16 presidential debate that he saw the assault as an act of terror from the get-go.

Part of the CBS interview first aired on Sept. 23. However, CBS withheld specific portions of the president’s sit-down from its original air date. Instead of running the president’s remarks on the attack, CBS released small snippets of his comments throughout the final days of the 2012 election.

All in all, the full Benghazi exchange between the president and Kroft wasn’t made available to American voters in its entirety until Nov. 4, a full 54 days after the attacks, and just two days before the election.

How about that?

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