‘Proof the American Press Is Dishonest’: O’Reilly Slams Media for Failure to Cover Benghazi Memo
Bill O’Reilly said there’s no question that the White House misrepresented the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attack in Benghazi.
Five days after the attack, then-Ambassador Susan Rice told the world that the attack was not pre-planned and was a spontaneous reaction to a YouTube video.
“That was not true, that was not even close to being true,” O’Reilly said.
According to a White House memo obtained by Judicial Watch, Ben Rhodes sent an email to prep Rice about the attack, listing the following two goals:
"To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."
"To reinforce the President and Administration's strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges."
“So the truth is the president stood by while the United States of America misled the world about a terror attack. But even if Mr. Obama was not directly engaged in that deception, the moment he found out about it he should have corrected the record, but he did not, even when he had the chance with me to do so,” O’Reilly said.
The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe made no mention of the memo. The Washington Post ran it on page 17. Only USA Today put the story on its front page.
Meanwhile, MSNBC and CNN failed to cover this story in primetime last night, and only CBS This Morning mentioned the memo.
“That’s a scandal, a scandal,” O’Reilly said. “That is proof the American press is dishonest.”
According to O’Reilly, the sole reason for the media’s failure to tell the truth about Benghazi is to protect the president.
Watch the full Talking Points Memo above.