CBS News Only Mainstream Media Outlet Sunday to Ignore Benghazi Whistleblower Podliska

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CNN actually reported on the latest Benghazi investigation shenanigans Sunday as Jake Tapper talked to Major Bradley Podliska about his new revelations. This was a big step forward for the mainstream media.

Unfortunately, CBS News did not follow suit, and Media Matters for America reports that while CNN, NBC, ABC – and even Fox News – all mentioned Podliska’s accusation that the Benghazi Probe “Has Become A Partisan Investigation,” CBS did not.

CBS talked to Donald Trump instead, and on their flagship show Face The Nation let the Republican frontrunner repeat the ultimately self-defeating lie that shutting down the government is an effective tactic and will bend Obama to their will.

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Here is the Sunday rundown:

  • CNN’s State of the Union treated the story as breaking news and opened with an exclusive television interview of Podliska. In his CNN interview, Podliska said that the Benghazi probe “has become a partisan investigation,” that has shifted its focus “to go after Hillary.”
  • On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace questioned Benghazi committee member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) about the accusations made by Podliska.
  • On NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd briefly mentioned Podliska’s accusations, noting that both Podliska and the Republicans on the committee “agree that Hillary Clinton was being targeted,” and asked, “doesn’t that hurt the committee?”
  • And on ABC’s This Week, Martha Raddatz asked Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) about Podliska’s statement that “he was fired from that committee because he was told to focus too much on Hillary Clinton instead of finding out answers about Benghazi.”

However, as Zachary Pleat of Media Matters points out,

“John Dickerson, the host of Face the Nation, failed to mention [Podliska] at all. The only mention of Benghazi came from panelist Ron Fournier, who also neglected to mention this news story, despite bringing up both Clinton and Benghazi”:

RON FOURNIER: Let me talk a little bit about emails if I could, which is her untrustworthy problem, and the Democrats are pointing at Republicans, and McCarthy is saying we just want to bring her down as mitigating for her. We have two sets of facts. One is, we know that the Republican Party did everything they could to destroy Hillary Clinton with Benghazi — hyper-partisan Republican Party. And they caught Hillary Clinton red handed creating a improper covert server that undermined the Freedom of Information Act, that subverted legislative oversight, and jeopardized U.S. secrets.

Both of those things can be true. As a matter of fact, both of those things are true, but the Democrats try to use the one thing to mitigate them, and the Republicans try to use the other to mitigate them. And meanwhile, both parties think that – most voters think that the leaders of the parties are lying to them, because they are.

How a news show could mention Benghazi and Clinton and somehow fail to mention the Podliska revelations deserves an investigation of its own. If you want scandal, look no further than CBS News.

Heck, even The New York Times was back to acting like a partisan political hack with its headline today, “Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry.” It would be a wonderful change of pace if actual facts became the focus of any Republican inquiry.

CBS’ own silence where facts are concerned can only be construed as willful, a conscious decision to avoid mention of Podliska. Why is anyone’s guess at this point, but it’s never a good thing when, by ignoring unpleasant facts, you let Fox News make you look like, well, Fox News.

13 Replies to “CBS News Only Mainstream Media Outlet Sunday to Ignore Benghazi Whistleblower Podliska”

  1. CBS is fox news lite. Tonight’s 60 Minutes interview with President Obama was revolting.

    Steve Kroft asked long-winded questions and didn’t let the President answer. I actually just turned it off after he told President Obama that “they” say he projects weakness as a leader. When President Obama asked him who “they” are he said “the Saudis, Israel, The Republicans…”
    President Obama

    Steve Kroft questions President Obama on topics including Russia’s incursion in Syria, ISIS and the 2016 presidential race
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/president-obama-60-minutes-syria-isis-2016-presidential-race/

  2. We keep talking about the Koch Bros etc., typically Republican, uber rich and their influence. We rant about Fox and CU and even occasionally the broader media being part of the vast right wing conspiracy.

    But clearly the disease is rampant and we need to all call them out every time they do this.

    Steve Kroft needs to get some mail.

  3. I did the same thing. For a long time I stopped wasting my time with 60 Minutes. Slowly I started watching some shows again. I like Madame Secretary very much. Good Wife’s new story lines and new actors/characters looks interesting. I record the Sunday night shows, CBS puts their better shows on Sunday and then totally screws up the schedule with the sports run over. I set the TiVo to do the whole night and delete what I can’t sit through.
    When the fall season starts I am full of optimism. Anything that looks the least bit hopeful I put on a season pass. I try to watch a couple before I delete the pass. I have already deleted at least half. Some I know are “iffy” I haven’t watched yet..when it all shakes out I have found with the exception of maybe half a dozen are all PBS or CBS.
    60 Minutes is next for the rubbish bin again. They are all the way out of their closet. The thin pretense is SO over for me. Thank goodness for Netflix.

  4. Why doesn’t this surprise me? CBS is part of U.S. mass media that are clearly in the tank for the GOP and their moneyed masters.

    What the American people must do – and this would include ALL Americans – is make CBS and other “news” channels obsolete. As long as Americans tune in, they’ll keep up their GOP-favoring modus operandi.

  5. The 60 minutes interview was CBS’s way of conducting a “stay in your place” like interrogation of a suspect at headquarters. Didn’t work for me CBS, Steve, Major’d President Obama, like that disrespectful plantation owner, Trey Gowdy. Wrong black man to out talk Steve? You should have known better.

  6. WHO in their RIGHT MIND….!!!!…????…Can watch ANY OF THESE FAKE ASS NEWS SHOWS on regular cable…!!!!!!….?????……Stupidity and Ignorance Are NOT MY CUP OF TEA…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……GO HILLARY…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wonder if Kroft questioned himself at length before he started an extramarital affair.

    But, as usual, President Obama is the best at handling any and all incoming idiots and Kroft ended up looking like a fool just like the republicans did in January 2010 when POTUS took questions from them at the GOP House Issues Conference.

    How awesome was that!!!

  8. From The New York Times:

    With the slow progress, members have engaged in social activities like a wine club nicknamed “Wine Wednesdays,” drinking from glasses imprinted with the words “Glacial Pace,” a dig at Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland and the committee’s ranking member, Major Podliska said. Mr. Cummings used the term to question the speed of the committee’s work.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/us/politics/clinton-emails-became-the-new-focus-of-benghazi-inquiry.html?_r=0

  9. CBS has been backing off political news stories for about six months now. I’ve noticed they are behind in most reporting of partisan politics, and instead stick to the social events occurring. I stopped leaving comments there after their monitors kicked me off for the third time. But so what, their loss.

  10. Back in the ’08 run, Millennials and Gen Zs were getting their news from pundits like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. A revolt against MSM.

    Nowadays we have a plethora of non-MSM sources. Plus we can catch as many different outlets as we want, whenever we want. We are free and no one has to rely on MSM anymore. Hallelujah!

    MSM media is still useful for delivering real time live stories. They’ve got the resources, after all. Otherwise watching, reading, listening to their BS is mostly an exercise in masochism.

    So hats off to folks like HH and Zachary Pleat of Media Matters, for monitoring the MSM so the rest of us don’t have to.

    Yes, truly, it’s a new world. Anybody have an idea for a slogan? Something catchy like:

    “Friends don’t let friends watch MSM unless they’re drunk.”

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