Benghazi Blackout: How the Big Three Networks Have Censored or Spun Obama's Deadly Foreign Policy Failure

On April 23 The Washington Times reported that “House Republicans have concluded that the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies bear no blame for failing to halt the terrorist assault” in Benghazi but that “President Obama and the State Department set up the military for failure.” The report ultimately found, according to the Times’ Stephen Dinan, that “Mr. Obama’s team lied about the attacks afterward, first blaming mob violence spawned by an anti-Muslim video, and then wrongly saying it had misled the public because it was trying to protect an FBI investigation.”

Both NBC and ABC skipped the findings of this report. CBS offered two full reports on the April 23 CBS Evening News and April 24 CBS This Morning. On the April 23 Evening News CBS’s Nancy Cordes relayed the seriousness of the findings: “The congressional report cites a State Department cable from April 2012; five months before the Benghazi attacks. The cable acknowledges the U.S. ambassador's request for additional security, but instead according to the report, ‘Articulated a plan to scale back security assets for the U.S. mission in Libya, including the Benghazi Mission.’ Republicans who viewed the cable say it bears Secretary Clinton’s signature which they claim contradicts this assertion she made in a hearing this January.”

Total Big Three Network stories/briefs: 2 (CBS 2 stories, ABC 0, NBC 0)