Carney on Benghazi edits: Need I remind you that a certain Mr. Mitt Romney tried to make political hay of the attack?

posted at 6:01 pm on May 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via NRO, here’s what the White House has been reduced to in order to downplay a scoop that even some liberal mags are now grudgingly admitting isn’t nothing.

This wasn’t the lowlight of the briefing either. The lowlight was Carney mumbling about the White House having made “stylistic” changes to the CIA’s talking points when the entire world now knows, per ABC’s story this morning, that they weren’t merely stylistic. It took 12 edits to eliminate multiple references to terror groups plus, at State’s request, the excision of an entire paragraph noting that CIA had warned before about jihadis operating in Benghazi before Rice got the memo. Petraeus, according to Steve Hayes, was stunned at the revisions. And meanwhile we still don’t have an answer as to why Rice went out the next day and told Tapper that the Benghazi attack was a “direct result” of the Mohammed video. But if you’re dissatisfied with all that, find a mirror and look long and hard into it knowing this: Mitt Romney was dissatisfied too. How do you feel now? Not so good, huh?

Incidentally, a State Department spokesman was asked today what Victoria Nuland meant when she said of the first revisions to the talking points, “These changes don’t resolve all of my issues or those of my buildings leadership.” Who in State’s “leadership” was unhappy with the CIA’s first take? No answer. But a happy side effect of having Carney stand there today and essentially blame CIA, as head of the interagency group that drafted the final talking points that ended up in Rice’s hands, is that we might get even more disgruntled whistleblowers to come forward, this time from the intelligence community. Keep ‘em coming.


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It is going to be fun watching this turd eat a sh!t sandwich.

DanMan on May 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

It is going to be fun watching this turd eat a sh!t sandwich.

DanMan on May 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

We are in America,
we eat Shitacos, comprende ?
:D :D

burrata on May 10, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Where’s trolls? Haven’t seen a single one in any of these threads today about breaking news.

I peeked in over a Kos. It was about 10 to 1 bluster about nothing vs worry about impacts. Whenever a reservation was uttered the 9 bluster bombers pounced. And the worryers go deep. Toss Hillary aside and save the king was pretty typical.

DanMan on May 10, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The Benghazi Four were put in Hillary’s famous witness “protection” program.

Just ask James MacDougal and Vince Foster should you disagree.

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 7:13 PM

si

DanMan on May 10, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Carney is to gravitas as helium is to boat anchors. He’s forty-something years old, but he still looks like that uber-nerd who tried to sell you space for political ads on his grocery-sack book covers back in high school.

Humphrey on May 10, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Seriously? Mitt Romney is at fault? Jeebus. If that comment doesn’t state clearly that the obaka Administration is drowning with this story, nothing does…

And EFF.YOU.CANDY.CROWLEY.HAG.

ladyingray on May 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

Bears repeating. That cow has a lot to answer for.

But Mitt Romney did wimp out, let’s face it. I voted for him, but he was too nice a guy to run against these thugs.

Naturally Curly on May 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

In WestTexas, they pretty much trust everybody they meet… until you get caught in a lie. They have no use for a liar and will not associate with you.

Mr Carney, if you find your sorry ass west of Abilene, and find your sorry ass is on fire, don’t count of anyone pissing on your sorry ass.

WestTexasBirdDog on May 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

This is like the scene out of Austin Powers where he is trying to deny his use of a Swedish-made “male part” enlarger.

Media: We’ve got this memo naming Al Qaeda as the source of the attack.

Carney: It was a video.

Media: We’ve got a series of e-mails from Victoria Nuland saying that it was Al Qaeda but why bring that up since Congress would be critical.

Carney: I’m telling you we thought it was the video.

Media: We’ve got twelve versions of the talking points that gradually eliminate all mention of Al Qaeda or radical Islam.

Carney: I don’t even know what you’re talking about.

Media: We have Multiple clips of Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Obama mentioning that video but nothing in the talking points does and this doesn’t track with the CIA assessment. Who made the decision to blame this on that video.

Carney: All we did was make a single stylistic change. The rest of the story speaks for itself. Thank you that’s all for today.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Mr Carney, if you find your sorry ass west of Abilene, and find your sorry ass is on fire, don’t count of anyone pissing on your sorry ass.

WestTexasBirdDog on May 10, 2013 at 7:31 PM

As if. If it ain’t NY, Boston, or DC Carney can be found in LA or with the royals in Hawaii. Seattle, maybe, if the shaved Yeti is in the mood for King Crab. But West Texas…. Not even on a bet. Spending time in the DFW area is slumming it.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:45 PM

But Mitt Romney did wimp out, let’s face it. I voted for him, but he was too nice a guy to run against these thugs.

Naturally Curly on May 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I don’t think he wimped out. He made the odd decision to try and run an honorable campaign (i.e. on the issues) instead of running the kind of campaign you need to deal with a street thug who thinks nothing of accusing you of giving a woman cancer.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM

But Mitt Romney did wimp out, let’s face it. I voted for him, but he was too nice a guy to run against these thugs.

Naturally Curly on May 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I agree.

A GOP candidate needs to be ruthless, have go for the jugular killer instincts, and a take no prisoners attitude to run against today’s American socialists. That is how they operate. However, a Republican must do it with some humor.

Socialist candidates can get away with being basically humorless and with making “mean spirited and divisive” comments — usually disguised as “jokes”. The media, including the Hollywood, TV, and Tinseltown celebrity crowd, will protect them.

Romney was not equipped by personality or temperament to deal with this.

farsighted on May 10, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I peeked in over a Kos. It was about 10 to 1 bluster about nothing vs worry about impacts.

DanMan on May 10, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The panel on Special Report tonight commented that Carney did real damage to whatever the administration is trying to do by his lies and mischaracterizations (a nuance I have yet to fully understand). The fact of the matter is the administration can’t really defend this and is scrambling to find a scapegoat. That they are blaming Mitt Romney shows just how caught they know they are.

I fully expect the rat-eared coward to sign out an executive order legalizing gay marriage or something. Anything to change the subject.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM

And EFF.YOU.CANDY.CROWLEY.HAG.

ladyingray on May 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The Laughing Cow is Baby-Bel’s cheese trademark.

The Lying Cow is CNN’s.

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I don’t think he wimped out. He made the odd decision to try and run an honorable campaign (i.e. on the issues) instead of running the kind of campaign you need to deal with a street thug who thinks nothing of accusing you of giving a woman cancer.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Yeah, he didn’t wimp out. It was a deliberate decision. But I also think it suited his personality.

farsighted on May 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Folks, there is nothing to see here. Just swamp gas from a weather baloon reflecting off the planet Venus. Just move along.

Johnnyreb on May 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

The Laughing Cow is Baby-Bel’s cheese trademark.

The Lying Cow is CNN’s.

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I don’t know about that. Rachael Madcow is on NBC and she is certainly a contender if not her colleage Mika.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Yeah, he didn’t wimp out. It was a deliberate decision. But I also think it suited his personality.

farsighted on May 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Agree completely. Which is why the GOP needs to include a winner-take-all knife fight in their primary process. You can’t win with nice when your opponent is somebody like the rat-eared coward.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 8:02 PM

If you seek Candy Crowley just follow the trail of miniature donuts.

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Imagine….just imagine if we had a Legacy Media that actually did its job. Obama and this whole administration would be getting skewered day in and day out, for the past 5 years. Pathetic.

visions on May 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

If we had a media that actually did its job, Obama never would have made it past the primary much less the general election.

hopeful on May 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

d meanwhile we still don’t have an answer as to why Rice went out the next day and told Tapper that the Benghazi attack was a “direct result” of the Mohammed video.

We know.

CW on May 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Inhofe, the “i” word.

ritewhit on May 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Obama go binders full of benghazi edits.

can_con on May 10, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Got

can_con on May 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM

farsighted on May 10, 2013 at 7:51 PM

well said

cmsinaz on May 10, 2013 at 8:42 PM

If you seek Candy Crowley just follow the trail of miniature donuts.

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Take it easy on The Craw. If the democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge George Soros offered you a bribe of a lifetime supply of Popeye’s Fried Chicken, you might fold like a cheap pantsuit too.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

mischaracterizations (a nuance I have yet to fully understand).

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Weasel-wordings.

PersonFromPorlock on May 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Go hump a cactus, Carney.

Bruce MacMahon on May 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM

First off, Carney is a mere slapd!ck…Barry and Mooch are SMF’s and i’m sure the Mooch has a bigger d!ck than Barry…however neither of them have 2 balls to rub between them…Hill should be burned at the stake…it is the most heinous crime I’ve ever seen, ever…I pray everyday for my brothers and sisters in the military…and I thank God for their service.

OldWeaselKeeper on May 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

@ RWM on May 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM

I always appreciate you and others that bring facts and clarity to the issues we see here on HA…I may only be what y’all call a lurker, but i have enjoyed reading the news and comments here for over 6 years.,..stay the good fight and God bless you all.

OldWeaselKeeper on May 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

It is going to be fun watching this turd eat a sh!t sandwich.

DanMan on May 10, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Me thinks that is cannibalism !!!!

hamradio on May 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

Kurtzz3: “Mr. Carney! Kurtzz3 here from HotAir. A question: After you leave this room do you run to the Men’s restroom and just scrub your hands in the sink for, like 30 minutes?”

kurtzz3 on May 10, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Carney: “I can’t go in there. The sign says, ‘Men.’”

Admittedly, that quote presumes an alternative dimensional world wherein Carney occasionally gives an honest answer.

MrKleenexMuscles on May 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM

Benghazi is so far away, also.

I mean, it’s across the big, scary ocean.

And the people there speak a strange language Carney can’t understand.

How could he or Obama be expected to keep track of such a distant, foreign, frightening place with an entire ocean – full of sharks and stuff- in between them?

profitsbeard on May 11, 2013 at 12:55 AM

There is no way that I could be a White House reporter. I would be laughing every day at this guy. Seriously, I can’t believe that they don’t laugh this guy out of the room at this point.

Theophile on May 11, 2013 at 4:07 AM

Like everything else the liberal Mitt touched he blew it with this issue. Instead of attacking on this issue relentlessly he backed off and forgot about it at the first sign of push back by the left/MSM. He wasn’t secure in the attack, didn’t know the issue well enough and thought it wasn’t helping him politically. He did the same thing with the economy and obamacare and it’s why he lost.

unseen on May 11, 2013 at 7:28 AM

Seriously, I can’t believe that they don’t laugh this guy out of the room at this point.

Theophile on May 11, 2013 at 4:07 AM

you have to have a willful disregard for the truth to be a WH reporter nowadays. there is two types of “truth” in DC. the offical line of truth and the real truth. The WH reporters in order to gain “sources” will report the offical line of truth over real truth 9/10 times. Only when it is a direct threat to their reputation will they insert the real truth over the offical truth and this is true for any admin not just Obama.

unseen on May 11, 2013 at 7:30 AM

And? Your point being, Mr. Carney?

He wasn’t able to pin your squiggly, squirming reptilian eminence to the wall because you were going to extreme lying lengths to hide the truth?

So who does this tell us a good deal about? Him or you?

Limpet6 on May 10, 2013 at 6:09 PM

the point he was trying to make is this whole thing is “politcal” if the WH can make the issue a dem vs rep issue instead of the truth vs lies issue they win since the MSM is all dems they will simply stop reporting it. If however they can’t make it a politcal issue they lose since then the MSM will be forced to cover the scandal as gov run amuck.

unseen on May 11, 2013 at 7:34 AM

OldWeaselKeeper on May 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

One more post like that and I am going to demand a search of your basement.

IlikedAUH2O on May 11, 2013 at 8:37 AM

But Mitt Romney did wimp out, let’s face it. I voted for him, but he was too nice a guy to run against these thugs.

Naturally Curly on May 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I don’t know but I think the candidate hierarchy of the GOP has to grow a pear.

Newt was all we had with any personal force and agressiveness.

I did say “was”.

IlikedAUH2O on May 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Take it easy on The Craw. If the democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge George Soros offered you a bribe of a lifetime supply of Popeye’s Fried Chicken, you might fold like a cheap pantsuit too.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Pantsuit? Hillary around here?

IlikedAUH2O on May 11, 2013 at 8:43 AM

If we had a media that actually did its job, Obama never would have made it past the primary much less the general election.

hopeful on May 10, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Best single sentence on our current poison I have ever read.

BTW, the scare is the worry that the media will remember the RATINGS and AD REVENUE of a nice trial or crisis of the presidency.

If Comcast has anybody in strategic planning who has the OJ, Watergate or other scandal records for their potential $$$$, it will be

Katie bar the door — we gonna save the nation from them thar liars!

IlikedAUH2O on May 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

I used to sneeringly refer to Ron Ziegler as the worst Presidential Press Secretary in history.

The honor now belongs to Mr. James (Jay) Carney. Putz!!!

patch on May 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Why did Hillary send people into harms way in Benghazi to set up a diplomatic “Outpost”.? Did Stephens go because it was such hazardous duty and he took it on himself rather than send a person under him? Whydid we have a General and Admiral leave (retire) at this time? Did they refuse to stand down when ordered to do so?

Herb on May 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Why did Hillary send people into harms way in Benghazi to set up a diplomatic “Outpost”.? Did Stephens go because it was such hazardous duty and he took it on himself rather than send a person under him? Whydid we have a General and Admiral leave (retire) at this time? Did they refuse to stand down when ordered to do so?

Herb on May 11, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I’m no Hillary fan, but the weapons-running under the table to Syria was likely a CIA program, not State. Still, why was Stevens involved in a CIA program if that’s what it was?

More questions, pointing out that we still don’t know what the h we were doing in Benghazi.

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Is it just me, or is this a replay from the clintons?

Molonlabe2004 on May 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

So because it came up during a debate peoples lives arent important and wrongdoing can prosper?

johnnyU on May 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Is it just me, or is this a replay from the clintons?

Molonlabe2004 on May 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

I don’t hold this conclusion but some writers have suggested that Hillary actually hates the military and entire books were written on the anti-military and security issues of the early Bill Clinton administration.

Her “…what difference does it make…” applies to either US guys dying or foreigners, it makes no difference to her at all, the argument goes. So she can look families in the eye and lie just like hubby looked the American people in the eye and lied about having sex — even while under oath.

I can’t wait to use my “Ten reasons to prefer Mrs. Obama as a candidate to Hillary” list.

IlikedAUH2O on May 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Oh the irony, I guess the lying Carney and the lying WH really are perfecting the art of smoke and mirrors! It looks as though Carney was blowing so much smoke they had to evacuate the WH press room!

Liberty or Death on May 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Hey, the IRS apologized, guys, geeeze.

/oops, wrong scandal. Sorry ’bout that.

Bob's Kid on May 11, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Maybe I’ve missed it, but I’m amazed I haven’t seen anyone make this point yet:

Carney was flat out incorrect about Romney putting out a press release on Benghazi hours after the attacks in order to take political advantage. Romney’s press release had nothing to do with Benghazi. It called out our embassy in Egypt for practically apologizing for our 1st Amendment and saying that an American had abused it by criticizing Mohammed in a YouTube video.

Remember, the YouTube video, which had been posted for months, was circulated in Egypt by several leaders of the “religion of peace” who had whipped up a mob that was protesting at the U.S. embassy in Egypt and had replaced our flag there with the Al-Qaeda flag. The embassy staff posted an apology for the YouTube Video on its website, and that was what Romney responded to, saying we should never apologize for freedom of speech, especially in the face of a mob defacing our embassy.

Benghazi was was on the same day but was a totally separate attack that happened AFTER Romney’s statement about Egypt.

willamettevalley on May 12, 2013 at 4:18 AM

Keep that narrative out there williamettevalley. Thanks for detailed reminder.

DanMan on May 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM

This was a desperate, pathetic amateurish move by an administration fully under the microscope, feeling the heat of scrutiny for its growing mountain of controvertial failures. If I were President & Carney had said this on his own – without being told to ay this – I would have fired him as soon as the Press Conference ended.

Besides looking incredibly moronic for repeating LIES, like ‘there was no ‘off the record’ meeting with the press before this press conference’, this pathetic/petty comment just makes the administration look like it is full death spiral. One can only hope….

o $875 Billion ‘Stimulus’ Bill consisting of 7,000+ pieces of pork
o Record-setting deficit-spending
o Nearly $6 trillion in debt in only 4 years
o 1st U.S. Credit Downgrade
o Arming Mexican Drug Cartels
— Holder perpetrates 3 Felony counts of Perjury
o Ft Hood Terrorist attack labeled ‘workplace violence’
o Orders No illegals arrested/snetenced for crimes less than Felony
o Aiding Al Qaeda-backed Rebels take over Libya
o Aiding Terrorist Group Muslim Brotherhood take over Egypt
o Obamacare passed in the early morning hours against U.S. will
o 20 US Embassies overrun/attacked on 9/11/12
— Marines guarding overrun Cairo, Egypt Embassy ordered NOT to carry live ammo that day
o Benghazi: Massive failure to include 1st US Ambassador killed in 30+ years
o Obama uses IRS as ‘weapon’ against Tea Party, anyone for teaching the Constitution

…on the Bright side, Obama is the best Communist-tutored (Frank Marshall Davis), racist hate-spewing-pastor-mentored (Wright), socialist Community Organizer President we have ever had….

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 8:36 AM

The really tragic thing about it is that this clown will be given a job at ABC or NBC making a gazillion dollars a year for spending five years lieing his fanny off. Says something about our political system as well as our values. Pretty pathetic.

georgeofthedesert on May 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

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