Sick: CNN admits concealing critical evidence in Ambassador Stevens’ murder

This morning CNN revealed that it scavenged Ambassador Chris Stevens’ diary from the U.S. consulate in Benghazi where he was murdered in a terrorist attack on Sept. 11.

Rather than immediately turning the journal over to authorities investigating the attack, CNN scoured it for “newsworthy tips” like TMZ breathlessly interpreting the hearts and doodles in Miley Cyrus’ diary.

Four days after he was killed, CNN found a journal belonging to late U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The journal was found on the floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded.

CNN notified Stevens’ family about the journal within hours after it was discovered and at the family’s request provided it to them via a third party.

For CNN, the ambassador’s writings served as tips about the situation in Libya, and in Benghazi in particular. CNN took the newsworthy tips and corroborated them with other sources.

Anderson Cooper also acknowledged the previously undisclosed source of CNN’s scoops on his Friday evening show.

CNN contributor David Frum continued his final descent into moral bankruptcy, calling his employer’s actions “noble” (which is likely just the response the tone-deaf news org was aiming for).

Noble? If by “noble” you mean “an unethical obstruction of justice.” CNN withheld evidence and cited the journal in news reports as “a source familiar with Ambassador Stevens’ thinking.”

After letting it sink in, Frum amended his tweet.

But what he still doesn’t seem to appreciate is that CNN removed evidence from the scene of a terrorist attack and, according to CNN’s own account, failed to hand it over to authorities.

What else did CNN swipe from the scene of a terrorism investigation?

Update:

The Wall Street Journal reports that CNN aired programming based on the journal against the wishes of Stevens’ family.

A State Department spokesman slammed CNN in a statement:

Given the truth of how this was handled, CNN patting themselves on the back is disgusting.

What they’re not owning up to is reading and transcribing Chris’s diary well before bothering to tell the family or anyone else that they took it from the site of the attack. Or that when they finally did tell them, they completely ignored the wishes of the family, and ultimately broke their pledge made to them only hours after they witnessed the return to the Unites States of Chris’s remains.

  • bnotestine

    CNN? Criminal Nefarious Network.

  • SunnyJS

    The one consistency I see in the current culture in this country, is the complete loss of ethical critical thinking and judgement. It’s missing in banking, government, medical, legal, journalism, you name it…you’lll see it. We’ve apparently raised and educated generations of would be citizens and professionals with an idealogy of “relativism” that exceeds all other oaths and commitments to ethical values. A republic requires individuals that hold themselves to ethical standards. What we have are individuals and groups that are able to excuse any behavior in themselves, adhere to the alchoholics ethoes…”you lie for me and I’ll lie for you” compact and simultaneously act with intellectual dishonesty as they express outrage and self righteous indignation as they assign their own behavior to someone else.
    Going to be awhile before this works its way out of our systems, private and public. Must start with return to accountability and rule of law, not cult of personality.

    • carla5731

      We’ve lost critical thinking and common sense.

      • heidioftherockies

        The scary part is will we get it back before it’s too late, if it isn’t already?

        SunnyJS was spot on with “cult of personality”……as in Mao?

    • John Fowler

      It amazes me three people so far have down voted SunnyJS’s post. I’m guessing those are people that don’t care for ethics and honesty. That’s a bold stance to take, because most people lie to themselves about it and try to rationalize their behavior. But essentially down voting integrity–who does that? Are Snidely Whiplash,. Emperor Palpatine, and Thulsa Doom members here?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/CQQVASNHUHM7X4M3LLN7WI74DA meru

        at least palpatine had class when he was the chancellor.

    • John Fowler

      It amazes me three people so far have down voted SunnyJS’s post. I’m guessing those are people that don’t care for ethics and honesty. That’s a bold stance to take, because most people lie to themselves about it and try to rationalize their behavior. But essentially down voting integrity–who does that? Are Snidely Whiplash,. Emperor Palpatine, and Thulsa Doom members here?

  • J. Cox

    Not shocked in the least.They are morally bankrupt,and if the news doesn’t fit their narrow agenda,they will bend or break whatever is needed to make it fit.I am just waiting for the day when these hacks finally get whats coming to them.

    • nc

      How long, oh Lord, how long?

  • NWFL Conservative

    Our worthless media in this country will stop at nothing to get a story, even if it means bringing even more grief and heartache to the bereaved family. What’s next? Urinating on the Ambassador’s grave?

    Two of life’s biggest oxymorons; jumbo shrimp and journalistic integrity. They are utterly beneath contempt.

    • nc

      At least jumbo shrimp has nutritional value and tastes good.

  • MikeR

    This is CNN! In my best James Earl Jones voice

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7BG44DBU5IHJQ5ZAYWNT3RSPBM Jack Offelday

    CNN withholds and tampers with crime scene evidence from a terrorist attack. Without a doubt, many personnel at CNN should be arrested. A new lower low for CNN (if that’s possible).

    • SpaceRacer423

      Fired? they should be f-ing arrested!!

      The people who should be FIRED are the ones in charge of securing the crime scene.
      How the hell did a CNN “journalist” end up with a journal that could contain national secrets?!?!
      Why was the compound STILL Largely Unsecured?

      REAL Journalists would be lighting a fire under Obama and Hillary’s asses over their COMPLETE and utter failure in ALL phases of this TERROR ATTACK.

    • heidioftherockies

      And not a word about this in the press, not even Fox. You’d think they’d be all over that one.

    • justlisa

      4 DAYS AFTER the assault…that’s when they found the journal.

      Not much of a crime scene, by then…

  • [email protected]

    The thing I find astounding is that these CNN idiots will then wonder why people are less and less interested in what they have to say. An American Ambassador is murdered tortured raped and they only care about getting their Supreme Leader re-elected. They don’t care about the country. They don’t care about our freedom. Hell I don’t think they really even care about their ratings. As a student of history, I cringe at what will happen if BHO is re-elected. Anyone who has ever studied, a Socialist take over knows that the first people who get shut down are the useful idiots in the media who have helped the Socialist gain power. They are participating in their own demise and they don’t even realize it. They don’t realize that news consumers are not looking for an outlet that heralds their personal point of view. That is the excuse they will give you for their abysmal ratings. It is the its not them it’s you routine. Pathetic! They are looking for a news outlet that they feel is reporting the basic truth of the issue. I know I am getting old, but I remember back to when news anchors could put their own political bend aside and report the new. Shame really! They are complaining about other cable news outlets and the internet, but that is not the reason so many people don’t watch them anymore. Have none of them read Orwell’s 1984. It is actual torture to have to listen to lies, dis-information, and propaganda 24-7. People just naturally shun information that they know is obviously false. Regardless, there will be no charges filed against them. They are one of the propaganda arms of the current regime

  • http://twitter.com/KaTetDihn2012 PrincessofSnark

    If CNN could get in there so quickly why is it taking the FBI so long?

  • nc

    Has anyone ever done a study of how much damage, in actual lives, socially, financially and any other way you can think of, has been done by these people?

    Why has no one been fired, at the very least? Don’t bother, it’s rhetorical.

  • Voting Female

    The Movie 2016: Obama’s America now at Youtube, full length.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDY6v8KdSYs

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYJYWPSBM353LCZZWANXHJ53UU fivebyfive

      gonebabygone it’s been taken down, much like Obama will be 11-6

    • Sam Brees

      There is a better Movie on November 6th… it’s called 2nd Term

  • Chip

    I blocked that so-called network from my cable the day it was connected.

    • WingedBishop

      Unfortunately that doesn’t block it from your bill.

      • Chip

        I think they call that “redistribution” or something…..

  • TRONRADIO

    CNN is going to enjoy segments from Bill O’Reilly, Hannity, Greta, Huckabee, Piro, etc..It’s going to be quite the deserved embarrassment.

    • Iacobus

      Can you imagine the apoplexy from liberals if it was Fox News that did it? And yet, it’s considered the worst of the news networks amongst liberals. lol

      Kidding aside, PrincessofSnark is right: The thought that some news org could come into a crime scene and scoop evidence is disconcerting. There’s more incompetence but not just from CNN. The system has failed us. Again.

      • SpaceRacer423

        Yes, yes I can imagine what it would be like if FNC had done it.

        These same ass hat networks tried their best to tie FNC to the News of the World phone hacking scandal just a few months ago.

        Dear CNN, Where the F**K do you get off!!?!?!?

      • Sam Brees

        There is a major flaw in your premise … FNC is not a news organization.

        • TexSizzle

          Au contraire, it is currently the *only* news organization we have in the US.

        • TocksNedlog

          Was “Major Flaw” your nickname in the army?

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          Right. FNC isn’t a news organization because they allow both sides of a topic into their reporting.

          Your real news organizations only go to Planned Parenthood for abortion stories, Brady Campaign for gun stories, Code Vagina for war stories, Sierra Club for energy stories.

          Now THAT is “real” news.

        • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

          Right. FNC isn’t a news organization because they allow both sides of a topic into their reporting.

          Your real news organizations only go to Planned Parenthood for abortion stories, Brady Campaign for gun stories, Code Vagina for war stories, Sierra Club for energy stories.

          Now THAT is “real” news.

  • dralfredbellows

    I’m not sure that “journalist” ever was as noble a profession as many make it out to have been in its “glory days.” Nevertheless, there was once an understanding that removing evidence from a crime scene was “frowned upon in this establishment.” Since CNN has been getting its arse handed to it on a nightly basis by Fox and anyone else, I guess the daily briefing has turned into a “scoop at any cost” mentality.

    Repugnant.

  • Michael Rice

    WHy was any news media allowed to rummage through the building while this type of stuff was still lying around?
    Why was thiss tuff still there?
    Shotty work all across the board and downright scary,.

  • d1comment

    Has the FBI made it to the “crime scene” yet..?

  • stillinthe60s

    You mean CNN isn’t a governmental agency?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    This is the same ” news ” organization that looked the other way of human rights violations and atrocities of the Saddam Hussein Iraq. Perhaps the family of the late Amb. Stevens should maybe sue them for damages and the FCC as well as Homeland Security notified of this heinous, and absolutely despicable act of ” yellow dog ” journalism. CNN, not on my TV watching list for anything.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P2YN5KQFRHKYGBLYDZKLAUE5XE Joe

    What reporter said years ago that if he knew of an ambush on American military, he would “not interfere” in it?

    • dave lewis

      Mike Wallace

  • DANEgerus

    After concealing it did they rape his corpse too?

  • DANEgerus

    CNN hasn’t behaved this poorly since the glory days of covering for Saddam’s atrocities… that is to say… they have always been Walter Durantys

  • http://twitter.com/ladyliberty01 Marissa Martinez

    When exactly did common sense and common decency become a super power?

  • cscape

    it would be great IF the worst thing about this was CNN’s reprehensible behavior in finding and USING this journal for their own nefarious ends….. what is worse, is that they will undoubtably use it to further their MEME regarding the “blameless” Obama Administration – THAT’S RIGHT… I SAID IT…. We have a media (and NOT just CNN) who is engaged in OUT and OUT LYING in (what i pray) is a futile attempt to rig the election for Obama

  • BOUDICA

    Not even debatable @CNN & other major “news” are arm of U.S. Government , They sold IRAQ Invasion w/ ” General News ” w/ every General , state Dept official they could get their hands on , hired Military Psyops in late 90s as ” interns ” , pushing Anti-Serb Propaganda , hire CIA analyst Fran Townsend as well has on CIA Baer , so are you getting the pattern . Wake Up it’s all PROPAGANDA AND get this , Former reporter Amber Lyon accuses CNN of ” censoring Bahrain Oppression ” a U.S. State puppet regime , so are you seeing the pattern of Deception ? It’s Obvious who they work for , U.S. government .

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    I know it’s a play on words, but there is a reason why I won’t call this a murder. To me, a murder is when you are a private citizen and you are killed by another private citizen.

    When a person is a public official and is killed for that reason alone and singled out, I call that an assassination.

    But when the public official is serving in a foreign country and is killed directly or as a result of a military style assault, I call that an execution and an act of war.

    If I were calling the shots, there would be no “crime scene” to investigate, but a “crime” wasn’t committed. I’d have sent a cruise missile to destroy the remains of our building as a starter, and then talked with the NSC about a 2nd step.

    • nc

      It isn’t, as they say, rocket science. You are 100% correct. Now why hasn’t BHO & Co. been able to figure this out? Or worse, if they have, why are they lying to us and pretending it’s something else?

  • CainCan

    Nope, Frum. Just another prurient action in a prurient media culture.

  • TRONRADIO

    CNN simply did a ‘Friday night document dump’ so as to dilute the story. Very D.C. of them. I will enjoy taking this story to my radio show next week. Nice job, CNN; you and MSNBC could certainly share anchors these days. You both have the same integrity problem.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZA4URXM4LMINT6Q5FDBZ7VY3FA republicandrinkingtea

      You’re right! Thankfully, we have Fox News!

  • http://profiles.google.com/danielmedicis Daniel Medicis

    Cancel your cable NOW. Man up and get a spine. Stop paying the enemy with YOUR money. Cancel your cable and get rid of them forever. Or, keep paying your monthly cable bill and shut your mouth when they tell you what fools your are.

  • Dorîn Anghelescu

    As I see it, Obama went to Vegas to party with Jay-Z and Beyonce while Ambassador Chris Stevens was running for his life! Now who should we support in 2012?
    Oh, the red stripes on the new Obama Flag look like dried blood smears of our Embassy staff!

  • justlisa

    Seems to me that “we” wouldn’t know that Ambassador Stevens believed he was “on Al Qaeda’hit list'” or that he was “concerned about security” or that he believed there was “a rise in islamist extremism”… if CNN had not “reported” what little it did.

    Does anyone, really, believe that his thoughts would have seen the light of day…for years…if ever??? Does anyone, really, believe that the state department WANTED this information out there?
    This is NOT “good” for the state department.

    Btw… WHY didn’t the state department have the site sealed and locked down 4 DAYS AFTER THE ASSAULT???

    The left is going after CNN…don’t fall for it.

  • TJ

    You can bet that the trash from the Romney’s houses does not even go to the dump any more but the news desks in New York. Not even the paparazzi would go into a unsecured burning embassy to dig in the trash. If they got the diary no wonder ALQ got the list of undercover agents working for the US. Someone on the attackers found the book from the dead ambassadors back pocket, but as it was not official print they tossed it on the floor.

  • RealityBitesBack

    Just more evidence that CNN doesn’t know what is “newsworthy”…

    nothing inside the diary would be more “newsworthy” than the fact that it was taken and used for media purposes before giving it to investigators.

  • http://twitter.com/MawMaw4Romney Donna

    Hope: that Ambassador Stevens family can sue the pants-on-fire off of CNN, – Change: whoever took that journal without giving it to the authorities should be fired immediately.

  • http://twitter.com/MawMaw4Romney Donna

    Hope: that Ambassador Stevens family can sue the pants-on-fire off of CNN, – Change: whoever took that journal without giving it to the authorities should be fired immediately.

  • Mike

    It will be very disturbing if the “reporter” involved isn’t charged with tampering with evidence. That is U.S. soil and a crime scene and if Holder doesn’t bring charges, which wouldn’t be surprising, it is one more example why he should resign or be fired.

  • Mike

    It will be very disturbing if the “reporter” involved isn’t charged with tampering with evidence. That is U.S. soil and a crime scene and if Holder doesn’t bring charges, which wouldn’t be surprising, it is one more example why he should resign or be fired.

  • Owen007

    Remember the days when CNN was considered respectable? Okay, probably not. How about the days when “at least they’re better than MSNBC, right?”

    Speaking of MSNBC, I’m sure CNN will respond to these developments with the same level professionalism – anonymous firings.

  • SheilaK

    These so called journalists just make my head explode. There is no excuse for this disgusting lack of ethics. I’m sure they were looking for some way to exonerate the Clown-in-chief, preemptively, that is

  • Pingston

    I’m not a CNN fan. In fact I’m a CNN critic. So much so I can’t watch the channel in recent years. HOWEVER, I believe some CNN people believed they owed it to Chris Stevens, abandoned by his President in his time of need, to tell the truth. I understand why the family would be upset. But his country was being lied to, and while his incompetently run country was unable to have a clue, CNN acquired the journal and realized it had content the American public was owed. They also saw that what was in the journal was the opposite of what the White House and State Department was saying publicly. As a result, CNN played a critical role in our democracy by revealing truths hidden from us. If this is the new CNN, they’re on the road to redemption and deserve kudos from Fox News (their direct competitor) and others. Few others would be up to recognizing CNN for making a sound news decision. I realize what I’m saying isn’t mainstream, but look at the facts: the President went to bed, knowing his Ambassador was under assault. He ignored the 3 a.m. phone call — as Hillary Clinton said he would. He knew — or would have known had he not missed his five previous security briefings — that there were Al-Qaeda threats against Ambassador Stevens. And Stevens paid the price for a distracted, disengaged President. CNN did good by doing bad.

  • DavidG

    Yeah? Then why was not the place secured and found by the teams that arrived the next day? I don’t think its bad to release only the facts/answered we all deserve to know! It’s not highly ” personal” stuff they published cos nobody can trust Obama/Hillary just like Fast and Furious and too many others. Screw the State Dept. The DOJ as too corrupt just like Arapaio proved. Read the Kesselor Secret Service book and see Billary refusing them bullets in the WH to protect them. No uniforms allowed in the WH says it all about them guarding even our embassies let alone here at home. The truth hurts and cuts both ways so deal with the facts instead of shooting every messengers that is ALL they can do. Serial liars and their deliberate omissions and outright lies being told by Obama’s ” women” so pick a name and see them all lying and bashing us men.

  • nauthizjane

    There was a time when the media was supported for investigative journalism. Less we forget, our government tried to sell us the completely bogus idea that these murders were caused from a spontaneous event. Our government misled and lied to us until the lies were exposed. Now there is proof to what we surmised, the embassy was not secure and they were worried about that. So, thanks CNN, We need more people reporting the truth and fewer media sychophants repeating the Obama/Hillary propaganda.