Attkisson: WH Strategy Is to Paint Benghazi As 'Delusional' Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory
The White House, along with Democrats, continued this weekend to downplay the significance of the new documents that have come out in the Benghazi scandal. Former CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who has said her previous employer was not interested in pursuing the Benghazi story, analyzed the media coverage and the arguments by Democrats on Fox and Friends this morning.
The hosts showed a clip from ABC's "This Week" in which Laura Ingraham got into it with former Obama adviser David Plouffe, who was one of the recipients of the Sept. 2012 Ben Rhodes email about prepping Susan Rice for the Sunday talk shows. Plouffe claims Republicans are motivated by politics, and a "loud, delusional minority" is trying to convince the American people of a Benghazi "conspiracy."
Attkisson took issue with Plouffe for the words he chose, saying the White House has a "well orchestrated" strategy to keep painting the Benghazi scandal as a wild conspiracy theory.
"The key words they use, such as 'conspiracy' and 'delusional' are in my opinion clearly designed to try to controversialize a legitimate news story and a legitimate area of journalistic inquiry," she said.
She went on to explain that her colleagues, including Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporters, are also "raising red flags" about the Obama administration's restrictions on press freedom. Attkisson vowed to stay on stories like Benghazi, despite attacks from the Left.
"If I were influenced by the left-wing blogs and the people who are trying to steer public opinion a certain way, I would be left covering pretty much nothing but the weather now," said Attkisson.
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In the clip below, the discussion turned to Media Matters and how much influence the left-wing blog has on what the mainstream media covers. She described the organization as "almost a de facto spokesman for the administration" that has the ability to say things that the White House may not want to say itself.
She called out some in the mainstream media for treating Media Matters like a "neutral" party instead of as a "clearly partisan blog." Attkisson pointed out that there are organizations on the right that operate similarly to Media Matters, but no one in the media "takes the right-wing questions and asks them as if they're legitimate questions."