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WaPo and CBS reporters: Yeah, actually, it makes a difference, Hillary

posted at 3:01 pm on January 23, 2013 by

“What difference does it make?” an angry Hillary Clinton retorted when Senator Ron Johnson pressed her on why the administration pushed the false narrative on Benghazi.  I’ve already responded, but in case that’s not enough, CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has a thought on that question:

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple explains why:

No matter your view of the media’s role in Benghazi; no matter your take on whether U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice leveled with the country on the Sept. 16 talk shows; no matter your view of Fox News’s Benghazi campaign, it surely does make a difference whether it was “because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans.” It makes a difference to the media, the public, the government, everyone.

The trustworthiness of the administration’s version of events — even the early one — makes a difference. Whether it was hard-core terrorism or a spontaneous attack or something else — that makes a difference too, with strong implications for intelligence accountability. Goodness gracious, in her very own statement, Clinton herself even seems to acknowledge that it makes a difference, when she says, “It is our job to figure out what happened …”

At one point in the proceedings, Clinton stated, “Maybe we didn’t do a good enough job of explaining that we didn’t have a good picture.” Yes, that would have helped.

National Review’s Eliana Johnson points out that it mattered to the White House — when they could blame it on a YouTube video:

Setting aside Clinton’s bizarre decision to assign varying weights to these matters, her response is uncharacteristically flippant for someone of her stature. Isn’t it essential why four Americans were murdered, and why this information wasn’t promptly or accurately conveyed to the American people? Wasn’t answering that question one of the central purposes of today’s hearing?

Clinton’s dismissal of the impetus behind the attack also stands in stark contrast to nearly everything senior officials of the Obama administration said publicly about it in the days that followed, including both the president and Clinton herself — that is, when the administration was blaming the attack on a YouTube video. In opening remarks for a strategic dialogue with Morocco — video below — which occurred four days after the Benghazi attack, Clinton said, “There is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. We condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms.”

The idea that the cause of the attack should now take a backseat to other concerns seems all too convenient.

And transparently so.

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A youtuber who is still in jail

DANEgerus on January 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

It makes a difference, Hillary, because with the Youtube meme being pushed by your state department, we actually began to have a national discussion about de facto blasphemy laws and a curtailing of the first amendment. As AllahPundit wrote back in OCT:

What I found significant about this wasn’t the “movie protest” versus “preplanned attack” element, it was the fact that Hillary’s promise of vengeance to the father of a fallen SEAL wasn’t that we’d get the jihadis who killed him but that we’d punish the filmmaker. That’s perverse, but in keeping with the fact that she decided to run ads on Pakistani TV apologizing for the film while Islamist cretins menaced American diplomats across the region. Even if you give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that she had no intention of prosecuting the filmmaker but was merely telling Woods something she thought would console him, why on earth would she zero in on the filmmaker as the target of blame instead of the degenerates who actually shot his son? She and O need to answer. Let’s see how much they really value free speech.

The answer, of course, is that they value the first amendment as much as they value the second. Which is why, contra Morgan, tyranny is always one “crisis” away from implementation. The government will let nothing stand in the way of targeting its own citizens, as Mrs. Clinton was quick to do to cover her own saggy butt.

Weight of Glory on January 23, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Hillary Clinton’s personal aide, Huma Abedin’s mother and older brother are high level Muslim Brotherhood officials, Al Qaeda is the Muslim Brotherhood’s violent militant wing.

Al Qaeda Jihadist killed American Ambassador Christopher Stevens while Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama refused to send the United States Military’s Fast Response team in to save him.

What difference does it make? The difference is between mere incompetence and Treason. That is what difference it makes.

SWalker on January 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

At one point in the proceedings, Clinton stated, “Maybe we didn’t do a good enough job of explaining that we didn’t have a good picture.”

How can you not have had a good picture?! There was direct comm with people at the compound at the time, the CIA annex was communicating, and you had a surveillance drone overhead shooting video to you!!!

Dexter_Alarius on January 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Gee, Wapo and CBS did you just wake up or what?

dogsoldier on January 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Nice to see that there are two real journalists left in the MSM. Actually, it’s depressing how few are willing to do their jobs. Attkisson has been magnificent though.

juliesa on January 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3sp3mg/

Caiwyn on January 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

“What difference does it make?”……..the remaining part that was not uttered, but thought, was…”we had an election to win”…

hillsoftx on January 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

it surely does make a difference whether it was “because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans.”

Especially when it wasn’t either of those reasons.

xblade on January 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

“What differernce does it make?”

What an asinine statement.

When you have the law on your side, pound the law. When you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. When you have neither, pound the table. She was pounding the table.

iurockhead on January 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

but they don’t have any foreign policy chops so who cares?

Lonetown on January 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

The arrogance of Hillary Clinton is beyond the pale.
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/hillary-not-doing-sunday-shows-after-benghazi-attack-there-are-other-things-i-prefer-do

onlineanalyst on January 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Attkisson can tweet all she wants but it also makes a difference that she will likely be nowhere near a CBS News camera tonight or any night soon.

Sacramento on January 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

I have a theory…

1) using the video excuse pushed the “dog ate my homework” into the second spot for the worst excuses ever.
2) the American people have been herded into getting their facts from “the View”, the Daily Kos, People magazine, etc.

My conclusion is that the “video” was simply a test of how much more they need to do.

teejk on January 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Makes me wonder how they are going to cover up the live video and the fact A president is always on tap to the info within minutes no matter where he is.

mixplix on January 23, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Ask Ambassador Stevens,you wallowing sow.

S. D. on January 23, 2013 at 7:35 PM

…when did Hillary get BJ’s nose?

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

As I’ve always said, the reason this administration had to peddle a false narrative on Benghazi was because events moved too quickly for Barack to get a chance to sleep on his decision.

Of course, they instinctively blame whoever best fits their agenda.

rwenger43 on January 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Yes, Madam Secretary, it does make a difference.

Your President sent our military into Benghazi to protect its people from Gadhafi in 2011, and they helped overthrow Gadhafi.

As Secretary of State, you are the head of American diplomacy around the world, and an Ambassador to Libya is your responsibility.

If you send an American Ambassador to a country where “guys out for a walk one night decide to kill Americans”, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure his protection.

And if four Americans were killed that night, two of whom fought bravely for SEVEN HOURS before being killed, and received no help from the American military which could have arrived in two hours, it does make a difference: Who gave the order to “stand down” and let them die?

Steve Z on January 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Compare/contrast the witch hunt Hillary pulled in trying to oust Nixon and her later soap boxing after the first 9/11 attack, and then look at the kid gloves she received in those hearings yesterday.
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/338611/what-goes-around-comes-around-lisa-schiffren

onlineanalyst on January 24, 2013 at 9:49 AM

We didn’t pursue Fast & Furious, what makes us think the GOP will pursue this treasonous act?

Mr. Arrogant on January 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

“What difference does it make?”
This quote is as big as bitter clingers, redistribute the wealth, and you didn’t build that. Will it make a difference in ’16? Probably not, the other quotes didn’t. If someone on our side who wants to lead the country doesn’t stand up and do it quickly, we’ll be saluting our first female prezzy on Jan 20, 2017. Unless of course, we’re totally broke by then.

Kissmygrits on January 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Kissmygrits on January 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Hillary!!! already has a closet full of Mao pantsuits.

onlineanalyst on January 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Aunt Hillary, as we have seen and heard, it damn sure makes a difference that you are Secretary of State.

philoise65 on January 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Yes, children were killed at Sandy Hook, but “What difference at this point does it make?”

Barack Obama lied when he allowed his book agent to say he was born in Kenya, but “What difference at this point does it make?”

The country is going bankrupt, but “What difference at this point does it make?”

J_Crater on January 24, 2013 at 11:42 AM

What difference does it make? Well, it makes Obama’s UN speech or lecture on freedom of speech seem almost incoherent in hindsight, given what we now know to be the truth. We know now, that on the anniversary of 9-11, the one thing the violence and the uprising was most certainly not about was the video.

STL_Vet on January 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I like how the choice has suddenly become between a video protest or a bunch of guys on a walk one night who decided to go [sack a consulate], and not the truth, the third option, which is that it was a deliberate, planned attack, against a target that had been probed with lesser attacks and asked for more security.

Clinton tried to make it sound like either of the two options she trots out still suit her narrative, which is that she and no one really had any idea this attack was coming. That’s part of the difference.

Sgt Steve on January 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

It makes a difference.

— Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) January 23, 2013

This one is going to find herself fired or at Fox or both.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

incompetent congressmen let her off the hook

burserker on January 24, 2013 at 1:49 PM

This is the quote that pretty much kills any political career she may have thought she had left.

Ellis on January 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

What difference does it make? Well, it makes Obama’s UN speech or lecture on freedom of speech seem almost incoherent in hindsight, given what we now know to be the truth. We know now, that on the anniversary of 9-11, the one thing the violence and the uprising was most certainly not about was the video.

STL_Vet on January 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

+eleventy

Paul-Cincy on January 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

It matters because the video story was meant to not only win an election and LIE to the American people, but it also provided ‘cover’ for what, exactly?

1. That this administration is in league with the MB and Islamists to expand the caliphate and a global order which keeps the serfs in line.
2. That they are actively fomenting, funding and arming terrorists, gun running – continually advancing extremist control throughout the ME and N. Africa. [Witness gift of four fighter planes to Egypt only yesterday, which of course doesn't include 1 billion of our money being sent to fund an established terror network.]
3. That to pin this on a Coptic Christian forwards the agenda on behalf of Islam.
4. That it had the added bonus of advancing their efforts to undermine our Constitutional rights.
5. That their intention is to destroy the U.S.

Evil. Pure evil. Any and all of us are expendable if we happen to be in the way of their larger agendas.

Opinionator on January 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

…when did Hillary get BJ’s nose?

KOOLAID2 on January 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

After she removed her puckered lips from Obummer’s azz…

Liberty or Death on January 24, 2013 at 4:46 PM