Administration's Libya Story Keeps Changing, Media Keeps Yawning
As she did with Fast and Furious, Sharyl Attkisson over at CBS News continues the unheralded work of digging into the Obama Administration's scandals -- this time being the non-stop flow of misinformation and double-talk surrounding Libya.
Apparently, we're now playing a game of pin the tail on whoever's responsible for editing Susan Rice's talking points:
Who within the Obama administration deleted mention of "terrorism" and "al-Qaeda" from the CIA's talking points on the deadly Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi?
It isn't the only unanswered question in the wake of the tragedy, but it's proven to be one of the most confounding.
The question was first raised 12 days ago when former CIA Director General David Petraeus told members of Congress that his original talking points cleared for public dissemination included the likely involvement by terrorists and an al-Qaeda affiliate. Petraeus said somebody removed the references before they were used to inform the public.
The Obama administration has declined to directly answer who made the edits. And the nation's top intelligence officials appear either confused or not forthcoming about the journey their own intelligence took.
On Fri. Nov. 16, Petraeus told members of Congress that it wasn't the CIA that changed the talking points.
The White House and the State Department said it wasn't them.
The CIA then told CBS News that the edits were made at a "senior level in the interagency process." Intelligence officials said the references were dropped so as not to tip off al Qaeda as to what the U.S. knew, and to protect sources and methods.
Soon thereafter, another reason was given. A source from the Office of the Director for National Intelligence (ODNI) told CBS News' Margaret Brennan that ODNI made the edits as part of the interagency process because the links to al Qaeda were deemed too "tenuous" to make public.
To the overall media, none of this matters -- no one cares, no one's interested, no one's pushing for the truth, no one's making Obama pay a political price for refusing to come clean...
For obvious reasons, just before his reelection bid, the White House with the help of the media misled the American people about what really happened in Libya. Neither he nor the media wanted to risk dealing with a successful terror attack occurring just a few days after Obama assured the world at his nominating convention that al-Qaeda was on the ropes. And so a cover up began that the White House neer would've gotten away with without the media is as co-conspirators.
Now the media's allowing him to get away with the cover up of the cover up.
And here's why.