CBS News’ Steve Kroft, whose 60 Minutes interview with President Barack Obama was selectively withheld from view, recently denied there had been any attempt by the media to cover up for Obama on the Benghazi attacks.
Kroft told an audience in Dallas, TX on Friday:
“I’m not aware of anything the mainstream media is covering up. … We know what happened, and it was not good for the Obama administration. The mainstream media doesn’t feel there’s enough real factual information to say … It’s very hard to find credible witnesses. … I think there’s been less than full disclosure, but no information that anything’s being covered up.”
Kroft made that statement with full knowledge that a critical portion of his Sep. 12 interview with the president had not been released–namely, a portion in which Obama confirmed that he had not called the Benghazi attack terrorism, and in which he refused to acknowledge explicitly that the attack had been an act of terror. Obama would later claim that he had, in fact, called the attack an act of terror on Sep. 12 in his Rose Garden speech. The new video–released with only two days left before the election–suggests otherwise.
Another portion of the CBS interview had also been released belatedly in which Obama acknowledged that the Benghazi attack had been different in character from the violent demonstrations at the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt–thus suggesting Obama’s early knowledge of the premeditated, terrorist nature of the Benghazi attack.
The only way to know the truth of what the president knew, what he acknowledged knowing, and what he refused to acknowledge is to present the full, unedited 60 Minutes interview. But CBS News has not done so.
Kroft expects the public to believe there is “no information that anything’s being covered up.”
He’s sitting on it.