Media Blackout: Why Obama Dodged the Libya Question
President Obama ran into a buzzsaw yesterday while doing a round-robin of satellite interviews with local news outlets in crucial swing states -- and by "buzzsaw," I mean that rare form of species known as a "real reporter." Kyle Clark of Colorado's KUSA actually asked Obama about the latest revelations out of Libya. According to Fox News, the three requests for help made during the seven-hour attack on our consulate in Benghazi were met with orders from U.S. officials to "stand down." Wisely, Obama dodged this question entirely.
I say "wisely" because, as of right now, outside of a very few exceptions, the CorruptMedia has coordinated with the White House to create a complete blackout around this story. Not even yesterday's denial from the CIA that indirectly implicates the White House garnered any media attention.
In the closing days of a reelection campaign the CorruptMedia is desperate to see Obama win, it's glaringly obvious that nothing this potentially damaging to the president will be allowed to see the light of day -- at least not until after November 6.
Had Obama answered Clark's question yesterday, he would've violated this unspoken blackout agreement by making news. This would've forced the CorruptMedia to cover a story they're desperate to pretend doesn’t exist. Obama knows his Media Palace Guards are covering for him, and he knew that wouldn't have been possible had he done anything that nudged the story.
This is also why Obama filibustered his way through the rest of the interview with Clark. Reporters are only granted a few minutes with the president, and one way Obama controls uncomfortable interviews is to launch into absurdly long answers that run out the clock.
And "run out the clock" over these next 10 days regarding the Libyan scandal is exactly what Obama and his media allies are up to.
The White House itself is also being careful about not making news. This is why no statement was released denying the Fox News report. If the Administration issues a denial, the CorruptMedia will be forced to cover the denial, which in turn will call attention to the story.
You bet it's a big, fat naked conspiracy between the Obama campaign and the media. This is nothing more than a replay of the John Edwards scandal, where the media ignored an extra-marital affair until Edwards' chances at being elected president disappeared.
I could be wrong about one thing, though; my speculation that this is an "unspoken" conspiracy. After Fox News's Jennifer Griffin dropped her bombshell, it's not hard to imagine David Axelrod burning up a Bat Phone that connects directly to the JournOlist Hotline and denying the story completely -- off the record, of course -- you know, so that the denial won't…make news.
To be fair, it's entirely possible there's more to the story than what's being reported, or that the White House has a good answer. But there's no question the only response thus far has been a preventive-defense cone of silence. This is not an issue Obama or his media pals want to litigate now, not even with denials. But in a moral world, the media would be demanding this matter be cleared up before people cast their votes. We just don’t live in that world.
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