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“Who the president called and did not call on that night matters, not only to Fox News hosts.”

posted at 10:22 am on February 11, 2013 by

The Washington Post media critic concedes there may be a story here after all. First, Eric Wemple notes CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s attempts to get answers from the White House, which were repeatedly rebuffed. But Sen. Kelly Ayotte was able to take up the torch at Benghazi hearings, questioning Sec. Leon Panetta directly:

Ayotte coaxed these admissions out of Panetta:

AYOTTE: Did you have any other further communications? Did he ever call you that night to say how are things going, what’s going on, where is the consulate?
PANETTA: No.
AYOTTE: Did you communicate with anyone else at the White House that night?
PANETTA: No.
AYOTTE: No one else called you to say, what, how are things going?
PANETTA: No.

Fox News sees significance behind the revelations. Sean Hannity last night tilted at the possibility that the president had done “AWOL” on Benghazi. Today the network has produced various follow-ups on the story. The rest of the media? Not a lot there, if searches of Google and Nexis are any indication. The confirmation hearing of CIA director nominee John O. Brennan, the case of Christopher J. Dorner and a Northeastern snowstorm have buried the Panetta story.

Well, yes, the Benghazi story has often been buried as other stories continue to take precedence, and I suspect it’s not always because said stories are more important. Wemple’s conclusion is one I hope shows up on the WaPo editorial page or will become evident in its reporting, which is right now focusing on whether it’s “appropriate” for Sen. Lindsey Graham to hold up nominations to force answers on Benghazi:

The call for greater and greater detail on just what the president was doing on the night of Sept. 11 has strong footing: The United States, after all, lost an ambassador and three other personnel to terrorists on the anniversary of Sept. 11. Precisely who the president called and did not call on that night matters, not only to media critics and Fox News hosts, but also to the American public and the families of the Benghazi fallen. Even if the details may not expose a full-on scandal.

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Nah it’s all good HotAir…

Bambi needed a nap and to go to crisis center at Las Vegas with agents Jay Z and Beyonce…

harlekwin15 on February 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I am astounded at the lack of media interest. I have yet to hear anyone ask why Amb. Stevens was even there, especially with a lack of security that he had been complaining about. I hope that all nominees will be held up but I am not hopeful.

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

I am astounded at the lack of media interest. I have yet to hear anyone ask why Amb. Stevens was even there, especially with a lack of security that he had been complaining about. I hope that all nominees will be held up but I am not hopeful.

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

During the reign of Democrat administrations the LSM go into a self-imposed timeout.

antipc on February 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Where are the gay activists demanding justice for Ambassador Stevens?

conservative pilgrim on February 11, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Precisely who the president called and did not call on that night matters, not only to media critics and Fox News hosts, but also to the American public and the families of the Benghazi fallen. Even if the details may not expose a full-on scandal.

The better question for the LSM would be: Does it matter, even if the details DO expose a full-on scandal?

Somebody ask the writer that.

Dirty Creature on February 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Glenn Beck put this up early yesterday, along with a video.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/02/10/source-new-info-on-benghazi-is-going-to-come-out-people-will-be-amazed-shocked/

Interesting to say the least. Hope more will come out.

bluefox on February 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Go read this and this, then make up your own mind.

belad on February 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

AYOTTE: Did you have any other further communications? Did he ever call you that night to say how are things going, what’s going on, where is the consulate?
PANETTA: No.
AYOTTE: Did you communicate with anyone else at the White House that night?
PANETTA: No.
AYOTTE: No one else called you to say, what, how are things going?
PANETTA: No.


What part of President “Present” or, the far more accurate, SCOAMF
is everyone missing? It’s right there in black and white.

The SCOAMF is responsible for nothing.
The SCOAMF is accountable to no one.
And the Kneepad Media will do everything in its power to preserve this status quo.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

During the reign of Democrat administrations the LSM go into a self-imposed timeout.

antipc on February 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

But I’ve never seen it this egregious. 4 dead Americans and the media does everything it can(even interject themselves into the middle of a Presidential debate and lie on behalf of Obama) to bury this story. And it’s not even about a potential scandal or harming Barry. If we want to avoid any future attacks on embassies and compounds and save American lives, we need to know what happened and why. The fact that the Democrat/media complex can’t even get onboard with that even after they paved the way for Obama’s reelection tells me there is something devastating they’re trying to hide here.

Doughboy on February 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

belad on February 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I had not heard the October Surprise theory but I have read the kidnapping/exchange for the Blind Sheik scenario. Only in Obama’s world is incompetence a plus.

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM

In my best Hilary screech…

“WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE???”

Benghazi is probably just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lack of concern for foreign policy and national security by this administration.

fight like a girl on February 11, 2013 at 1:11 PM

It may not be a scandal in the same way that a New Jersey Senator apparently likes little girls, but it speaks volumes about the complete and utter lack of leadership among the top democrats in the US, and the naive approach to foreign policy that led to this tragedy in the first place.

As a Marine veteran, I still do my best to exhibit the 14 Marine Corps leadership traits I learned as a PFC; and yet if you asked our CiC what JJDIDTIEBUCKLE meant, $20 says he wouldn’t have a clue. Nor could he express an accurate definition for each initial.

BKeyser on February 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

BKeyser on February 11, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Because I didn’t know, I looked it up:

Judgement Justice Dependability Integrity Decisiveness Tact Initiative Endurance Bearing Unselfishness Courage Knowledge Loyalty Enthusiasm

I suppose a case could be made whether Obama embodies any of these traits. . ..

Mallard T. Drake on February 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Some one should check to find out if the White Sox were playing that night – I think the Pennant races were heating up at that time. Just saying……….

ordi on February 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

We are talking to the wrong people and expecting to solve this problem. Obama left the scene because someone else was ‘handling’ it. Try John Brennan. Ask him the questions.

BetseyRoss on February 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Not a peep after the 5pm briefing to the WH. Certainly corraborates Hillary’s callous “What difference does it make?” comment. This is sickening.

jake49 on February 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

In the words of Bruc Willis, with the most snarc possible….

The call for greater and greater detail on just what the president was doing on the night of Sept. 11 has strong footing: The United States, after all, lost an ambassador and three other personnel to terrorists on the anniversary of Sept. 11. Precisely who the president called and did not call on that night matters, not only to media critics and Fox News hosts, but also to the American public and the families of the Benghazi fallen. Even if the details may not expose a full-on scandal.

WELCOME TO THE PARTY, PALLL!!!!!

itsspideyman on February 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM