Today’s Narrative Battle: Drudge’s Facts vs. Politico’s Obama-Shilling

Last night Drudge threw up one of his rare sirens with a link to “The Independent,” a British newspaper reporting what we already pretty much knew: That the threats against our foreign service personnel in Libya were well-known and that these very same foreign service personnel, including Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens, were left unprotected.

“The Independent” deepens the mystery:

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.

Mr Stevens had been on a visit to Germany, Austria and Sweden and had just returned to Libya when the Benghazi trip took place with the US embassy’s security staff deciding that the trip could be undertaken safely.

Eight Americans, some from the military, were wounded in the attack which claimed the lives of Mr Stevens, Sean Smith, an information officer, and two US Marines.

What we also know is that al-Queda made direct threats against Americans in Libya just hours before the attacks and that no Marines were stationed outside a consulate that doesn’t even have bullet-proof windows.

Last night, I watched the mainstream media on Twitter as Drudge released this information which means I watched as the mainstream media ignored it entirely as they continued to play with their new toy from NBC News — polls that show Romney losing badly in three crucial swing states.

What the media was all waiting for came within hours from the Obama campaign’s unquestioning talking points distributor — Politico:

The Obama administration is flatly denying a blaring British newspaper report that the U.S. diplomats in Libya were killed as a result of a “continuing security breach,” and that “credible information” about possible attacks had been ignored.

Though all evidence is to the contrary, it doesn’t matter. The Narrative is set: Until the election, Obama cannot be allowed to do anything wrong and Romney cannot be allowed to do anything right.

Politico ran the piece last night, this morning it’s buried on their front page, and the media is back to The Narrative pushing to disqualify Romney by portraying him as incompetent. 


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