White House holds Benghazi briefing with reporters — off the record; Update: More whistleblowers coming? Update: “Deep background”

posted at 2:41 pm on May 10, 2013 by Allahpundit

If there’s one thing you want to do when accusations are flying about an attempted cover up and a disinterested, collusive media, it’s holding an off-the-record briefing.

Time for the team to huddle.

The White House held an off-the-record briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell POLITICO.

The meeting began around 12:45 p.m. and postponed the daily, on-the-record White House press briefing to 1:45 p.m. White House press secretary Jay Carney did not respond to a request for confirmation of the meeting.

The off-the-record session was announced to reporters in the wake of an ABC News report showing that White House and State Dept. officials were involved in revising the now-discredited CIA talking points about the attack on Benghazi.

Were they discussing troop movements or something? What reason could there be to go off the record, and why would the press agree to it? If there’s classified material involved, just redact the bits that can’t be publicized. Or maybe I have this wrong; maybe the reason Carney wanted to huddle is because Ron Fournier was onto something this morning in sensing that the White House is trying to point a finger at Hillary and the State Department for redacting the first draft of the CIA’s talking points. For obvious reasons, if Carney wants to steer them in that direction, he wouldn’t want to do it on the record. Then again, there’s no reason to task the White House press secretary with that; if Team O wants to push Hillary under the bus, they’ll do it the old-fashioned way, through anonymous leaks. So again, why is this briefing off the record?

Fun sidenote via Ari Fleischer:

While we’re on the subject of media collusion, what on earth does this mean?

“Scandal is a strong word,” Roberts replied, to which Scarborough asked, “What is a couple notches below a scandal? Kerfuffle? Four people are dead.”

“The first ambassador killed since 1979 — it is serious,” he continued. “You talk about overplaying your hand. If a lot of people on the far right hadn’t overplayed their hand on Benghazi and were screaming — before they knew what they were screaming about — I think we would all be much harder on the administration right now.”

What?

Because the “far right” was screaming about Benghazi, you couldn’t judge for yourself whether it was a bona fide scandal? Or is he saying that he could judge, but chose not to because any scandal that might potentially vindicate the “far right” isn’t worth exploring unless/until there’s been six-to-eight months of revelations?

I’ll leave you with this from loyal Clintonite water-carrier Paul Begala, the same hack troll who defended Harry Reid’s nasty conspiratorial smear about Mitt Romney’s tax returns last year: “I think the way [Hillary] has dealt with this has been admirable. And Republicans are treading awfully close to the tin foil hat.”

Update: Did this come up at the briefing? I guess we’ll never know.

Update: As if by magic, now that there’s been an outburst about it online and on Twitter, the “off the record” meeting has transformed into one that’s “deep background,” whatever that means. Dylan Byers explains:

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to the meeting as “off the record.” Though the existence of the meeting was off the record, it was conducted on “deep background.”

UPDATE (3:05 p.m.): I asked Earnest to explain the meaning of “deep background,” as defined by the White House, for my readers. He emails:

“Deep background means that the info presented by the briefers can be used in reporting but the briefers can’t be quoted.”


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And…in the midst of this “distraction,” Putin is going to go ahead and re-arm Assad…Assad is an ally, you know. Al-Qaeda is Russia’s enemy. Not so much, for the United States, under Obama.

David Cameron, was in Russia today…trying to talk Putin into changing Russian “policy” towards Syria. Apparently, Putin is not about to toss Assad to the wolves of Mohammedist jihad.

coldwarrior on May 10, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Yup, Putin is putting Obamaramadingdong’s ‘Bright Red Line’ in Syria to the absolutely real test of: hey, bozo, do you want to go to war with Russia over this?

And to think, Russia is pretty much the end-state of the place where the government police end up running the State. Not a typical ‘police state’ where a dictator puts a secret police and normal police out to destroy any opposition… but one where a corrupt national police puts its own people into power. If that sounds familiar, it is the road we are on.

ajacksonian on May 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

The ‘protest’ is a woman chained to the fence, supposedly something about Gitmo…

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

coldwarrior on May 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Yep, LOL. Carried me right back to 1968…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

When meeting the press is covered by Ex. Priv., both the press and the Ex. have a serious problem.

Jabberwock on May 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Thanks easyt65 :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Boehner needs to act, quickly.

farsighted on May 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Does Cincinnati John understand that he is only two people removed from the Presidency?

Move quickly…get public hearings going with all House committees with any connection whatsoever…Intel, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs…others…dispose of Obama and Biden…Constitutionally, of course…something Obama does not do.

Maytbe save this Republic?

Not going to wager on it, though…Boehner…no focus, less guts…too willing to compromise…principles.

coldwarrior on May 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

The dam is breaking, the deluge is coming.

Kiss 2016 and the rest of your career goodbye, Killary; it’s time to pay the fiddler and the fiddler wants his money.

Bishop on May 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

When do we see the redacted daily PDBs leading up to Sept 11. You know the ones that Obama vociferously consumed?

Waiting
Waiting
Waiting

can_con on May 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Obama has every intention of killing Hillary’s career to get even for her challenging him in 2008. He hates the Clintons. He knows he’s been handed a golden opportunity to stick this mess on her while expressing his “deep disappointment” or whatever other insincere emotion he has to fake to pull it off. I’m betting dollars to donuts this “deep background” or “off the record” meeting was the first punch in Hillary’s under-the-bus ticket.

natasha333 on May 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

The White House held an off-the-record briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell POLITICO.

Because nobody would have been concerned if such a meeting was held during the Watergate scandal. Nor would they have had any issues if Bush did such a thing. … and they’d have abided by that off the record thing for Bush. Yep, absolutely.

AZfederalist on May 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

coldwarrior on May 10, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Phuck Boehner, we need Gowdy and Chaffetz on this ASAP!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

When will the signed document showing cross border authority be distributed along with the verified receipt of said document by Africomm?

Waiting
Waiting
Waiting

can_con on May 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Deep b.s. is more like it…

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I’m betting dollars to donuts this “deep background” or “off the record” meeting was the first punch in Hillary’s under-the-bus ticket.

natasha333 on May 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Hillary won’t take one for the team.

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Oh, no….”deep background”…

Benghazi Jay..? Sounds appropriate.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

White House holds Benghazi briefing with reporters — off the record

Nothing surprising here, it’s so Obummer and his white house cronies can get their spin and talking points straight with the unbiased media propaganda arm of the Obummer Admin to shovel more BS to the low information voters (aka morons) in order to make this Benghazi thing go away!

Liberty or Death on May 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Ok, folks, here are your talking points. Now go out there and “report” them. Or else.

The Rogue Tomato on May 10, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Unfortunately Killery is probably the only one who could break this wide open… I can’t think of anyone else…

Tho perhaps someone in Hi Command in the Military…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 3:24 PM

It wasn’t her it was Robo Pen!!! /

So she never actually signed it! Can’t you hear that?! (:

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Maybe this will turn out to be a valuable lesson….when your signature is on a document, whether it is yours or some computer program you allowed to ‘pencil whip’ shi’ite, it is still on YOU!

Still doesn’t change the fact that Stevens reported the ATTACK, the CIA sent her the official report, that HER State Department helped ammend that report 12 times, that she KNEW during her rant the real story, & that she KNEW the real story as she continued to lie on 24 October, 2012!

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Let’s see if we can name any of the “journalists” summoned to the WH for “deep background”…?

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Off the record must have gone long…

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Wasn’t there an Admiral or General or both relieved of command that night? Where are they? When will they testify before Congress?

JAM on May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Benghazi Jay is on CNN right now…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

“Deep background means that the info presented by the briefers can be used in reporting but the briefers can’t be quoted.”

Ah….the normal leak channels can’t handle the velocity of mis-information required to deflect the brewing scandal, so they had to change to the direct assault methodology.

“Here…print this….and you don’t know me”

BobMbx on May 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

No it doesn’t, was just saying :-)

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

This will be a verrry interesting (thank you, Artie Johnson) Press Conference.

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Carney talking about IRS apology sheesh…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney need to pay for what they did to Valerie Plame!/

BoxHead1 on May 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Benghazi Jay: IRS is an independent agency…blah, blah, blah.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM

What happened the night before Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Here comes the white wash!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

“Deep background means that the info presented by the briefers can be used in reporting but the briefers can’t be quoted.”

So get ready for ” reports” like :

Mooch is a tranny in transition

Bush responsible for Obama’s middle name

Bill Clinton 2016

burrata on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

“deep background”

You mean to tell me Linda Lovelace is tied up in all this??!

squint on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Boehner needs to act, quickly.

farsighted on May 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

If you had the ability to say that where he could hear it, his response would most likely be:

“You’re right….I can get in a quick 9 before it gets dark….”

BobMbx on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

squint on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Posthumously.

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

This is worrisome. This smacks of further collusion between the MSM and the WH. I’m betting the farm that the Sunday morning talking head shows will all have the same talking points. The WH has been scrambling and has to give their lapdogs red meat.

Or perhaps since ABC has broken ranks Obama wanted to stress “off the record” that “nice little career you have there, shame if something was to happen to it” meme.

Either way, this seems ominous to me.

neyney on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

“Deep background means that the info presented by the briefers can be used in reporting but the briefers can’t be quoted.”

smells like a coverup to me!!!

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Booooosh! Carney sez head of IRS was appointed by “previous administration”

Brat on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Benghazi Jay: Did the WH make more than cosmetic changes to the talking points..? It was the CIA…they did it.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Deep THROAT background re Hillary.

LetsBfrank on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

During Watergate, we had “Deep Throat. With Benghazigate, we have “Deep Background”.

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Benghazi Jay: The acting deputy at the CIA brought the talking points Saturday morning and the WH and State was not involved in the changes…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

CIA did it!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Uh huh.

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Listening to Jay Carney blatantly LIE

djl130 on May 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Benghazi Jay continues to lie…

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Benghazi Jay: We must be careful not to give talking points that cannot be verified…
He said nothing about the Youtube video…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Fother Mucker!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

I wonder if anyone at the WH Presser will ask why no one called Italy. They could have either had tankers for our F-16′s out of Aviano air base, or Typhoons over Benghazi in less than a hour from Trapani Air Base.

Zaggs on May 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Maybe Obama will have some CIA go missing in the skirmish in Libya, as we write. Things are heating up over there, just in perfect time.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Have another shovel, Jay.

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Benghazi Jay: This was given months ago….

In a land far, far away…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

The White House held an off-the-record briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell POLITICO

And these “reporters” were thanked for doing their best
Sandra Fluke impersonations and Swallowing for the last
8 monthss 5 years

ToddPA on May 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM

So get ready for ” reports” like :

burrata on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

“Gregory Hicks is a transvestite”

“The entire Benghazi scenario is an attempt to cover up an incidence of workplace violence perpetrated by a deeply disturbed Ambassador..Mr. Stevens. We were simply trying to save his family the humiliation blah blah blah……”

“Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10, no, 20…20 years!”

“Janet’s real name is Jack…..wink wink”

BobMbx on May 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

You mean to tell me Linda Lovelace is tied up in all this??!

squint on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Linda lives in Cleveland???

[Too soon?] :-)

coldwarrior on May 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Benghazi Jay: Did the WH make more than cosmetic changes to the talking points..? It was the CIA…they did it.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

And in George Orwell-land…. Petraeus, head of the CIA, was shocked when he saw what the CIA did to the talking points, scrubbing them and all. But did nothing about it.

farsighted on May 10, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Benghazi Jay: We did not do anything other administrations have done…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Benghazi Jay: We did not do anything other administrations have done…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The He!! you say!

kingsjester on May 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Benghazi Jay: This is on going attempts to polticize by Republicans…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

What can come from an ‘off the record’ press briefing?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/an-alternative-explanation-for-the-benghazi-talking-points-bureaucratic-knife-fight/2013/05/10/22a8df5c-b98d-11e2-b94c-b684dda07add_blog.html

“Nobody was lying – they were just being bureaucrats.”

‘You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villian.’ applies to YOU, Bob Woodward

PolAgnostic on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Benghazi Jay says this is all standard operating procedure of administrations going back decades…

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Politicization… my azz…

Hate that damn smirk he has…

These reporters are not gonna ask shite. Just what they’ve been told to ask…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

1st question from a reporter to the daily press briefing was a direct shot in Carney’s face, basically calling him a LIAR…

Paraphrasing…”You said the WH only made stylistic changes to the CIA report…we now know that the WH & Statement made / helped make at least 12 changes – that is a lot more that just ‘a stylistic change’….

Carney sais, ‘Let’s look at this chronologically…” and started Bullshi’iting about the investigation, how it took a long time, etc…. What CR@P! He got busted lying & they are still sticking to ths story they didn’t really know what went on!

On the substantive issue of what we knew, not speculation, the modified talking points were correct…’
1) YOU LIED & said only a stylistic change was made & you just got called correctly a ‘LIAR’
2) The Obama administration/Carney is saying ‘FORGET THAT’ and focus on the LIE that we did not KNOW what happened in Benghazi until later (after the election, Jay/). Again – LIE — they knew within 12 hours!

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

The Evil Opie(Benghazi Jay) is looking a little uncomfortable…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Hillary won’t take one for the team.

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Agreed, but I don’t think that’s going to matter. All Obama has to do is to set his dogs on her, sit back and watch the show. Who do you think the lap dog press will obey? The first African-American President whose mythic awesomeness is their creation or a dumpy retired and tired looking woman pushing 70? He can easily claim he chose her for state for the “good of the party” or some other nonsense and without saying a word imply “even though she wasn’t qualified.” From there, it’s just a tiny step to “Benghazi was all Hillary’s fault.”
Obama no more wants her to be President than he wants to see Ted Nugent as Secretary of Defense. He wants to drive a nail in the coffin of the Clinton’s political ambitions because he is just that mean, small, petty and vindictive and because I would not be the least bit surprised if old Michelle has not told him that he’d better set her up as his successor.

natasha333 on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Deep background translates to deep shinola…

crazywater on May 10, 2013 at 3:44 PM

As we got more information we felt confident about we provided it to the Press…Congress…the American People – Benghazi Jay

Issa would like a word with you Jay.

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Benghazi Jay’s brow is furrowed and he is looking serious…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Obama no more wants her to be President than he wants to see Ted Nugent as Secretary of Defense.

natasha333 on May 10, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Nugent would be my pick for Secretary of State.

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

“Deep Background” ….huh?

That’s code for “we gonna bullsh!t you and you gonna like it!” right?

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Benghazi Jay: Disputes the emails that were released by ABC today…they don’t say what you think they say.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM

Deep Throat to Deep Background…..

Nixon was a piker compared to these guys.

4 DEAD AMERICANS.

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Benghazi Jay: Don’t believe your lying eyes concerning those emails. Let me tell you what they mean…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

The ummm…WH made minor changes…had little imput – Benghazi Jay

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 3:46 PM

So the WH is now pointing the finger at the CIA.

Time to subpoena Petraeus along with Pickering and Mullen.

farsighted on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

I can’t believe this guy could lie like this in front of the country.

Ta111 on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Deep Background is Reggie Love’s radio handle isn’t it???

ted c on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

How does this ferret-face look himself in the mirror every morning?

tru2tx on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Benghazi Jay: The Republicans tried to polticized this…this is what is going on.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

So didn’t Carney say that the White House got points form CIA and only made stylistic changes this morning? And now they got the whole thing from the CIA? I just can’t keep up, must be getting old.

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

PREZ did NOT say that you worm!

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

While I do not envy Carney having to go out there and face those reporters in light of what everyone now knows & having been caught red-handed LYING (as pointed out earlier) …

It is disgusting, pathetic, & embarrasing to this country watching him continue to push these LIES (which have already been debunked – by administration)…

Carney even pathetically tried to throw Mitt Romney under the bus as a distraction to the horse shi’ite he is spewing!

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Benghazi Jay: The POTUS himself referred to this as a terrorist attack in the Rose Garden…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Carney furiously passing out the ‘approved question list’ to the lackeys before the press event begins. Cant have anyone going off the reservation and asking unorchestrated questions.

Midas on May 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

CARNEY: “We made one minor change to the talking points” . . . He’s “still” saying it. Is he insinuating that it was State who removed al Qaeda and Ansar al Sharia from the talking points?

TarheelBen on May 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Benghazi Jay: We wanted hard concrete evidence before we put this out.
He said nothing about the Youtube video.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Remember Folks…

War is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM

While I do not envy Carney having to go out there and face those reporters in light of what everyone now knows & having been caught red-handed LYING (as pointed out earlier) …

It is disgusting, pathetic, & embarrasing to this country watching him continue to push these LIES (which have already been debunked – by administration)…

Carney even pathetically tried to throw Mitt Romney under the bus as a distraction to the horse shi’ite he is spewing!

easyt65 on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Meh; they know every day that he’s in there lying…

Midas on May 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

THEY KNEW!!!! Who was responsible cuz HICKS told Hills at 2am ph call who it was…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I can’t believe this guy could lie like this in front of the country.

Ta111 on May 10, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Where have you been the last four years? ;-)

squint on May 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Oh now the press meeting thay had prior to this wasn’t off the record?

Again it’s the repubs fault…

Scrumpy on May 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Benghazi Jay: We had to do deep background because the Republicans are polticize this…

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Booooosh! Carney sez head of IRS was appointed by “previous administration”

Brat on May 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Carney knows that was a “long time ago”, right?

gonnjos on May 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

So if the buck on this whole thing stopped anywhere else than the White House, why would Carney need to do anything?

oldroy on May 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Issa…dammit!

Subpoena Ben Rhodes.

Today!

coldwarrior on May 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Why such a big deal today deep background?

Republicans!!! – Benghazi Jay

workingclass artist on May 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Liberalism is a mental disorder.

Ta111 on May 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

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