ABC’s Jonathan Karl and Fox News Try to Fool the Public with More Bogus Benghazi Emails

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The right is in high froth mode this afternoon because Jonathan Karl — who misled the American public by claiming he had Benghazi emails that implicated the Obama administration, when it turned out that he had actually relied upon notes taken by a Republican who misinformed him — is sure that this time he’s got President Obama. Wanna guess what he’s basing it on? Yep. Another “Benghazi email!!!” No kidding.

Watch his Daily Caller inspired performance aimed at White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during Wednesday’s presser:

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Per their description of the video, conservatives once again think they have the smoking gun that proves, “White House senior aide discussing preparing then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice to blame the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video.” However, the actual email is about violence in the region.

Jonathan Karl accused the White House of knowing that the Sunday shows were going to be “dominated by the attack in Benghazi, right?” Thus, this proves that the Rhodes email was only about Benghazi and thus it’s Benghazi prep.

The reason Karl tried so hard to make this case is because Fox News has been trying to revive the Republican Benghazi narrative recently and just yesterday released emails from Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes to national security aides, with the claim via Media Matters, “New Benghazi Documents Lead Directly To The White House”. But of course, the new documents reveal nothing new, and thus there is no smoking gun.

Jay Carney tried to explain to Jonathan Karl how to read an email, and Karl, whose email reading skills are historically so low as to require a Republican aide to interpret them for him, failed to understand what words mean.

Carney tried. He explained that the email addressed the situation in the Middle East. Rice used talking points from the CIA. (Remember those? Republicans tried to claim the White House edited the talking points but it was their hero, then the head of the CIA General David Petraeus.)

Carney explained that even ABC (Karl’s network) promo was, “As American embassies throughout the region remain under fire, did the US do enough to prevent the attacks in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen?” THROUGHOUT THE REGION. EGYPT AND YEMEN TOO. Ugh. This is tiresome.

Carney tried to explain to Karl how the White House prepares for the Sunday shows based on what they think they will be talking about. The email addresses the Sunday shows and yeah… “What’s happening abroad” and “continuing anti-American protests overseas”.

How does this lead us directly to the White House?

Jonathan Karl took us down this road before, and Jake Tapper busted him for it. When Karl leaked the Benghazi emails claiming that they implicated the White House, Tapper got his hands on the full emails and determined, “The actual email from then-Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes appears to show that whomever (sic) leaked it did so in a way that made it appear that the White House primarily concerned with the State Department’s desire to remove references and warnings about specific terrorist groups so as to not bring criticism to the department.”

Karl wasn’t alone in his gamesmanship. Guess who else mischaracterized the Benghazi emails? The Weekly Standard. Tapper noted that Karl at ABC and the Weekly Standard covered the leaked emails in such a way that they were “paraphrased” “inaccurately” and “inventing the notion” that the White House tried to protect the State Department.

Stephen Hayes, a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and a Fox News contributor, thought they had the President today too. So much excitement! Thus he tweeted to the official White House twitter account of Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President for Strategy and Communications Dan Pfieffer, “If the Rhodes prep email for Rice wasn’t #Benghazi specific, why was there a section labeled “Benghazi?” @pfeiffer44″

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz stepped in to reply…

“.@stephenfhayes you’re looking at a different document. The Rhodes email is pages14-18. @pfeiffer44”

Reading the wrong document? No wonder Republicans couldn’t find bin Laden. Here’s the right document.

Oh, yeah– a road leading directly to the White House!1!1!…..

…. And then taking yet another steep jump off of the reality cliff and dying a slow and painful death of conservative delusion.

It’s almost laughable that the same party that excused any and all abuses under the guise of “national security” has now been trying for a year to create a scandal out of how the White House and State Department chose to manage/handle a tragedy. If they had actually done what conservatives claim, it would be much less misleading than what the Bush administration did on a daily basis in the name of national security. This wouldn’t make it okay, but it would make it obvious hypocrisy on the part of big government Republicans.

But there is no “there” there. The only reason Fox is trying to revive Benghazi is because the fake IRS scandal they whipped up blew up in their face when it turned out that it was all designed to protect Karl Rove and big dark money types. Also, their big plan to run on ObamaScare isn’t working out too well, so Benghazi is all they have left.

So prepare to hear all about Benghazi yet again, as Fox News does its part to drive conservatives further into the fringe, which may result in more Karl Rove Ohio 2012 Fox News faces come this fall.

35 Replies to “ABC’s Jonathan Karl and Fox News Try to Fool the Public with More Bogus Benghazi Emails”

  1. Mr. Karl has been trying for years to find that something that will bring down the President. He should keep looking, this isn’t it…He is such a tool.

  2. “The right is in high froth mode”, Wow Spot-On Sarah Jones! Thanks for bringing this.
    They really are ramping up the propaganda! And media should point that out.

    Their vicious soul purpose…
    Creating another Swiftboat-type monster to weaken/destroy HRC.

  3. As an American..I mourned the four men that lost their lives in the Middle East (Bengazi) ….There was absolutely nothing we have can done as a country to avoid their demise..Yes, a video was involved and also the country was so violent that we as Americans were not prepared to knowingly recognized that a terrorist group would seize the moment!!! They did and we lost 3 special men and a an ambassador…My heart aches but I do not believe that the government was involved nor aware that this could happen////

  4. The email is about Behghazi. It mentions how we will find those who did harm to our people. The only people harmed at that time happened in Benghazi.
    Come on, folks. Wake up and smell the coffee. Obama had to sweep Benghazi under the rug because he campaigned that Al Qaeda was on the ropes. The attack was only weeks before his reelection and he had to make it disappear. Don’t you even care that our government is hiding this kind of stuff? If Bush were president, you progressives would be burning down every city in America in protest.

  5. Every time these jackass keep on talking about Benghazi the family who loss there love one at Benghazi should flied a lawsuit against them that would shut them up forgo

  6. If the president still hasn’t been able to complete his investigation, how in the world could the pebubs or the press be any more informed?
    Lets all just wait for the final report.

  7. probbins38 says “There was absolutely nothing we have can done as a country to avoid their demise” with such authority that it was almost presidential.

  8. “Nearly every accusation being issued about Benghazi could’ve been raised about the Bush-era attacks, yet these self-proclaimed truth-seekers refused to, in their words, “UNDERMINE THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF” while troops were in harm’s way (a line the GOP repeated over and over again during those years)”

    13 Benghazis That Occurred on Bush’s Watch Without a Peep from Fox News:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/13-benghazis-that-occurre_b_3246847.html?utm_hp_ref=conspiracy-theories

  9. Is this Issa trying to make something happen again? Doesn’t he have a history of leaking “damaging” information to ABC News?

  10. How is that even a THING? It doesn’t even rise to the level of minor scandal, even if it were true, which it ISN’T.

  11. Here’s what bothers me about this whole thing.

    Fox, Karl, Issa, etc., are only interested in tarnishing the President. They do not care about the people who died. It’s that simple. They are not doing all of this talking because they are appalled at the death of four Americans. They might mention “four dead Americans” but they don’t care about THEM.

    They want to bring the President, or at least someone (anyone) in his Administration, down.

    That’s their motivation and it is disgusting.

  12. I keep wondering if these nutjobs really see how pathetic their delusions are? 4 people died and not word from about those thousands who died under the bush/cheny war machine.Also 11 times similar incidents happened under bushi…NOT A WORD.In their delusional cult world they believe that this fake scandal will bring down Clinton and Obama.It is truly sad.

  13. Elephants straining at gnats. Unfortunately, they are doing it on our dime.

    The Executive Branch does not write Law. The Legislative Branch does that.

    Let’s try this question: “Name the 3 bills that you’ve introduced in your legislative body that you are most proud of. Explain how they were written for a great return on the tax dollars I gave you to invest for me.”

    Everything else they spout is hogwash and decoys.

  14. Your comprehension is seriously in doubt. There were violent protests taking place in Libya, Egypt, and Yemen. The security of our consulate was breached, as it has been many times in the past. Stop trying to find a scandal where none exists. Stop getting your talking points from Faux Noise.

  15. Obama haters, lying republican liars lying republican lies. Hateful, hate filled, hate mongering is what makes Karl, ABC and Fox Hates & Lies TV stations only reason for existence.

  16. HRC. On Libya.

    WE Came, We Saw, HE Died!
    (The Mad Colonel that is!)

    On Bengazhi.
    ‘At this Point, What Difference does it Make’

    Anyone seen the Russian Reset Button lately as
    Putin Marches On!

  17. Watch this golf shot. You covered your ass . Over 3000 people died. Over 50 people died on Bush watch at embassies. You are another member of the idiot brigade

  18. To: watch this Golf Shot

    Over 164 rounds of golf played:

    ~2,400 dead in Afghanistan under the
    Current National Command Authority!
    aka: GOLFTUS

  19. So are you now saying that bush wars were a mistake? I bet when you were swooning over his cod piece you was beating your chicken hawk chest in pure joy

  20. No the Wars were right. Just not carried out the right way.

    As we were getting ready for invasion of Iraq Saddams Scientists said that they were buliding a very crude 8 to 10 foot sphere that might go nuclear with 50-50 chance from every scrap of nuclear material they had produced over a dozen years. But luck or a Random God thought intervened.
    A F117 bomber carrying two 2,000lb bombs could not drop on his primary target, so he went to his secondary then on to the third, but all three were clouded in. The pilot then went back to a target list from days before and dropped on a building in Saddams Nuclear development complex on the way home eventho it had been removed from the future lists. By luck the device that would have needed a truck to deliever it to a target was destroyed.
    Question when Islamists get their first dozen weapons …. where will they be used?
    New York.
    Jerusalem?

  21. F.A.I.R. (Fair And Accuracy In Reporting) did an analysis on Jonathan Karl. His credentials are strictly a creation of right-wing think-tanks.

    Here is an Excerpt:

    A Right-Wing Mole At ABC

    Karl came to mainstream journalism via the Collegiate Network, an organization primarily devoted to promoting and supporting right-leaning newspapers on college campuses (Extra!, 9-10/91)—such as the Rutgers paper launched by the infamous James O’Keefe (Political Correction, 1/27/10). The network, founded in 1979, is one of several projects of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, which seeks to strengthen conservative ideology on college campuses. William F. Buckley was the ISI’s first president, and the current board chair is American Spectator publisher Alfred Regnery. Several leading right-wing pundits came out of Collegiate-affiliated papers, including Ann Coulter, Dinesh D’Souza, Michelle Malkin, Rich Lowry and Laura Ingraham (Washington Times, 11/28/04).

    Con’t
    http://fair

  22. Fake News & Karl are a$$holes who are at their best when fantasizing about Benghazi because they and the TeathugliKKKans got nothing else. We must rid our gov’t of these brainless & heartless obstructing b@stards or WE ARE DOOMED..WE MUST DUMP THIS GARBAGE AND BRING OUR COUNTRY BACK TO A CIVILIZED STATE.PLEASE URGE YOUR FRIENDS & RELATIVES TO VOTE MID-TERM AND HELP SAVE THIS ONCE GREAT COUNTRY.

  23. No Lie here is a version of the story. A second source is one of Tom Clancy’s non-fiction tomes
    Written with the Generals who served in the War.
    From google:

    Dr – Sreeramchaulia.net
    sreeramchaulia.net/publications/SADDAM.htm

    Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had long been under scrutiny for a ‘suspected secret … of Iraq’s relentless clandestine pursual of the atomic bomb, bringing back some of the … to all but Saddam’s closest confidants, a crash nuclear device (Beach Ball) was … However, a lucky strike by a F117 pilot on the very first day of Desert Storm …

  24. Ahh in 1992 the UN declared there was no nuclear program and they destroyed the chemical stocks.After the war that we were lied into there was no evidence of Any WMD programs. Iraq was surrounded by enemies on all sides and the sanctions were so crippling people were dying from lack of medicine. You are a idiot and offer no proof what so ever than some half ass opinion which the facts shred to pieces.

  25. Tom Clancy? Really? Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

  26. In 1995 the UN had Saddam’s son-in-law defect and bring trunks of documents that showed how Saddam had duped the inspectors. They found that what they thought was a program they had destroyed at least 90% of — well not quite, maybe they trashed 50%, oops! See PBS below!

    Hussein Kamel al-Majid – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussein_Kamel_al-Majid
    … ( 1954 – 23 February 1996) was the son-in-law and second cousin of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. He defected to Jordan and assisted United Nations Special …
    Analyses – A Defector’s Revelations | Spying On Saddam … – PBS
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/unscom/experts/defectors.html
    Hussein Kamel was Saddam Hussein’s son-in-law. In August 1995 , he … [ Hussein Kamel’s defection] added a definite sense of urgency…. Suddenly, Hussein …

  27. In 1995 the UN had Saddam’s son-in-law defect and bring trunks of documents that showed how Saddam had duped the inspectors. They found that what they thought was a program they had destroyed at least 90% of — well not quite, maybe they trashed 50%, oops! See PBS below!

    Hussein Kamel al-Majid – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hussein_Kamel_al-Majid
    … ( 1954 – 23 February 1996) was the son-in-law and second cousin of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. He defected to Jordan and assisted United Nations Special …
    Analyses – A Defector’s Revelations | Spying On Saddam … – PBS
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/unscom/experts/defectors.html
    Hussein Kamel was Saddam Hussein’s son-in-law. In August 1995 , he … [ Hussein Kamel’s defection] added a definite sense of urgency…. Suddenly, Hussein …

  28. Do you even read the links that you provide? I quote Initial promises of a wealth of information were not however fulfilled. According to U.S. and Jordanian officials, the intelligence provided by Hussein Kamel information on Iraqi secret weapon programs was of limited content and value.[4]

    Kamel confirmed what inspectors had been able to ascertain shortly before his defection, that Iraq had operated a biological warfare program prior to the Gulf War,
    Damn that was 3 minutes of my life I will never get back. You neo cons are truly idiots

  29. From CNN Library:

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/30/world/meast/iraq-weapons-inspections-fast-facts/
    The results of the defection, UN was working on stopping the Iraq inspection in 1995 but the son-in-laws Info continued the search.

    March 1995 – Iraq releases its second “Full, Final and Complete Disclosure” of biological and chemical weapons programs.
    April 14, 1995 – SCR 986 passes. The resolution allows Iraq to begin exporting oil in exchange for food and medicine.
    July 1, 1995 – Iraq admits the existence of its biological weapons program.
    August 1995 – Iraq releases the third “Full, Final and Complete Disclosure” relating to its biological weapons programs.
    November 1995 – Iraq delivers its second disclosure report on its missile programs.
    December 16, 1995 – UNSCOM has the Tigris River near Baghdad searched. They uncover over 200 missile parts, believed to have originated in Russia.
    May 1996 – Al-Hakam, a facility used for the production of biological weapons agents, i…

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