But I’d be willing to wager a gentleman’s bet that at some point Jake Tapper will stop enjoying being a tool of wingnuts unless, of course, those Drudge links are too tasty too ignore. Plus, it seems like Obama really has quit smoking, so you gotta find a scoop where you can. But then again, I have been wrong before, and who knows, maybe he really is angling for a job at his “sister” news organization, Fox News.
But let’s just remember when we talk non-stop about Benghazi and right-wing frames one little thing:
“Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in U.S.”
Look, it’s tragic that four people in a remote consulate were killed, but the idea that this is some sort of scandal is just absurd. Even worse, serious alleged journamalists pimping this bullshit for page views from wingnuts and for future tugjobs from Darrell Issa is just yet another nail in the coffin for allegedly respectable journalism. And let’s not even go into the wingnuts in Congress doing more damage than good.
A CIA security team rushed to the U.S. consulate in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi less than 25 minutes after receiving the first call that the mission was under attack, while a second squad was dispatched by air from the capital, Tripoli, according to a timeline released on Thursday by U.S. intelligence officials.
The timeline is the most detailed accounting to date of the U.S. response to the attack on the consulate and was released to rebut news reports that U.S. officials had delayed a rescue.
“The officials on the ground in Benghazi responded to the situation . . . as quickly and as effectively as possible,” said a senior intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “There were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.”
The timeline also revealed that a nearby CIA annex came under attack twice during the events, with the second assault coming more than seven hours after Islamist extremists first stormed the consulate.
The only October Surprise here is that I spent the last two years defending Tapper (in between flaming him when I thought he was right). At his core, he’s a hack.
But then again, I bet Drudge gets him more hits.