The Obama administration on Saturday lashed out at CNN for disclosing information found in a journal belonging to the late U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.
Cloaking itself in a guise of piety, the State Dept. claimed it was upset with CNN for reporting on the contents of Stevens' journal before returning it to his family. But, of course, the real cause of the administration's concern was the fact that the contents of Steven's journal raises questions about why the administration didn't do more to protect him and other US personnel in Libya.
Mr Stevens, in his journal, expressed concerns about the continuous security threats in Benghazi, Libya, including a rise in Islamic extremism and a growing al Qaeda presence in the country. He also mentioned that he was on an al Qaeda hit list.
Additionally, CNN reported that, after an attack in June on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Mr. Stevens emailed a journalist and told him, "maybe you should head east to Benghazi to check out the situation there which appears to be heating up."
CNN questioned why the ambassador's warnings went unheeded and why he was provided with only a light security detail, and whether the lack of proper security led to his death.
CNN also reported that, about a month prior to the fatal attack that took his life, Mr. Stevens was seen entering a hotel in Tripoli without ANY security.
The CNN report, a rare departure from the Liberal news network's typically biased and slanted reporting - which routinely adheres strictly to President Obama's twisted talking points - contradicted the President's narrative on the situation in Libya and the events preceding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Eager to report a worthy scoop, CNN took a sharp and anomalistic detour from its usual slanted news coverage, and in doing so, put President Obama in an uncomfortable position, which prompted the State Department on Saturday to issue a rare rebuke to the administration's mouthpiece over at CNN.
CNN responded in kind by saying as follows:
"We felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting, which we did. We think the public had a right to know what CNN had learned from multiple sources about the fears and warnings of a terror threat before the Benghazi attack which are now raising questions about why the State Department didn't do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other US personnel. Perhaps the real question here is why is the State Department now attacking the messenger.
"The reason CNN ultimately reported Friday on the existence of the journal was because leaks to media organizations incorrectly suggested CNN had not quickly returned the journal, which we did. We reached out to the family of Ambassador Stevens within hours of retrieving the journal and returned it through a third party, within less than 24 hours from the time we found it."
Conclusion: While CNN - in a shockingly rare departure from its typically biased news coverage - reported the facts, and did so, without disclosing any private or personal matters from Mr. Stevens' journal, it nevertheless violated an unstated code of conduct of CNN and the Liberal mainstream media not to report anything that might tarnish the reputation of President Obama or his colleagues on the Left.
Instead of keeping the contents of the journal secret and playing along with the President's phony narrative of the tragic events that occurred in Libya, CNN, in its eagerness to report a newsworthy scoop, chose to breach not only its own dubious and unscrupulous ethical standards, but also its tacit oath of allegiance to Mr. Obama. And, in doing so, CNN, typically a loyal and servile mouthpiece of the Obama administration, strayed from its true path, and is, thus, deserving of sharp rebuke and condemnation from the administration.
If CNN is to make amends for this breach of trust, it should issue a sincere and heartfelt apology to President Obama, forthwith!
Nevertheless, despite CNN's unflattering report, and all the other damning evidence that has been revealed about this tragic event [including four previous attacks in Benghazi - since June - and a previous attack at the U.S. Consulate], I have full confidence in the politician-in-chief's ability to glide over the facts, and in his proficiency at conveying a completely twisted narrative in his typically smooth and convincing manner.
That is, after all, what he does best.