Preface: With the anniversary of the U.S. consulate attacks in Benghazi, Libya nearing, NewsBusters penned its year-long obsessive outrage in a broad ranging “special report” of everything that has occurred chronologically since the attacks, specifically detailing how the “big three” networks have covered (“or not covered“) the tragedy. Unsurprisingly, their interpretation of the facts (along with the rest of the right-wing media) have been nothing short of the same kind of deceptive propaganda the right-wing media has been dredging up to smear President Obama from the very moment the attacks took place.
In a September 9 special report, Geoffrey Dickens kicked off his lecture with a breakdown of everything that he finds outrageous about the “scandal” (emphasis mine):
From praising Hillary Clinton’s January testimony on Benghazi as a “fiery” “valedictory” to ignoring accusations of witness intimidation, the networks have, for the most part, operated as an arm of the White House PR machine. The only events that drew truly critical coverage were Gregory Hicks’ compelling testimony of the events of that tragic day and the release of e-mails that proved the administration had engaged in scrubbing CIA talking points. However these stories came in the midst of the intense but relatively brief period in May that the networks were forced to cover the myriad of scandals (IRS, AP, NSA) breaking all at once.
As you can see, there is already a defiant tone being set by Dickens, setting up an attack on then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, making false claims of intimidating witnesses who were planning to testify to Congress, and so on. Dickens also trumps the testimony of Gregory Hicks (who was a witness of the attacks, and worked at the consulate in Libya), including the dubious claim that emails were “scrubbed“.
Dickens also threw in a little tidbit about how “it was revealed, in July, that Benghazi survivors, State Department and CIA employees were being forced to sign non-disclosure agreements the Big Three networks responded with a yawn, offering not one single story.” Dickens obviously ignores the fact that anybody working for the federal government, particularly the CIA, is not allowed to disclose certain bits of information to the public or the media.
The rest of this 11-part report will carefully analyze and dissect Dickens’ deception, and demonstrate the way NewsBusters perpetuates dishonesty to help the right-wing score political points on President Obama and his administration. (full in-depth analysis after the jump)