Media Hits And Misses Covering Benghazi Press Conference

On April 22, the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) released a report on the findings of its months-long search for the truth behind the Benghazi attacks of September 11, 2012. It has made its report public on its website.

New revelations in the case of Benghazi, Libya have made their rounds in the conservative media, but the mainstream media have failed to pay attention to this new information. The New York Times and the Washington Post were invited to the media roundtable press briefing, but they declined to send reporters. CNN sent a camera and a producer, but failed to cover these revelations. You can now watch the press conference online. Part one is opening comments by the panelists; part two is Q&A.

National Press Club – April 22, 2012
Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi
Press conference comments

National Press Club – April 22, 2012
Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi
Press conference Q&A

But Townhall, Diana West, World Magazine, the Daily Mail, PJ Media, Front Page Magazine, Newsmax, WND, Renew America, LiveTradingNews, the Drudge Report, and, yes, even Russia Today are asking questions about Benghazi that the mainstream media apparently find less compelling. “And yet if you had been watching CNN or your network nightly news, you wouldn’t have the faintest idea,” writes Scottie Hughes for Townhall. “If you were waiting for feckless Republicans on Capitol Hill to comment, let alone do something, you’d still be waiting.”

Among other things, the report found that “Muammar Qaddafi expressed his willingness to abdicate shortly after the beginning of the 2011 Libyan revolt…” and “The U.S. facilitated the delivery of weapons and military support to al Qa’eda-linked rebels in Libya.”

“Thousands of guns and weapons were handed over to the enemy, and now we are supposed to feign surprise and shock that the September 11th, 2012 attacks in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans were killed,” observes Hughes.

Diana West dug further into this story, interviewing CCB source Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic, who, she writes, “relayed to the U.S. AFRICOM headquarters Qaddafi’s interest in truce talks.” As we’ve reported, these talks were scuttled by someone above AFRICOM at the beginning of the Libyan revolution. “The question becomes, who in the Obama administration scuttled these truce talks that might have resulted in Qaddafi handing over powers without the bloodshed and destruction that left Libya a failed state and led to Benghazi?” West asks.

Despite the favorable reception of some media to our briefing, and the fact that the press does seem interested in demanding answers, we must correct some errors that exist in the record. Firstly, the CCB objects to the provision of weapons to the Transitional National Council (TNC), the government-in-waiting established in the early days of the Libyan revolution in February 2011. The leadership of the TNC comprised the leadership of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood, and the al-Qa’eda militias operated under their command.

The TNC had jihadi ties, but the core of the story lies in the fact that half of these weapons were skimmed off the top and sold to Qaddafi’s forces to pay for and extend the war.

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