State Department denies link between YouTube video and Benghazi attack; freezes out Fox News

Facing a Congressional hearing Wednesday, the State Department on Tuesday sought to distance itself from the White House’s claim that protests over an anti-Muslim video led to the attack which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others.

State Department officials briefed reporters on their timeline of the Sept. 11 attack via conference call but excluded Fox News.

Greta van Susteren posted “very rough notes” from the conference call to her blog, also noting that the State Department had left Fox News off of the conference call but adding that the department has since apologized.

Brit Hume came out swinging, noting a lack of media interest despite the “strong scent of cover-up.”

The Associated Press reports:

But asked about the administration’s initial – and since retracted – explanation linking the violence to protests over an anti-Muslim video circulating on the Internet, one official said, “That was not our conclusion.” He called it a question for “others” to answer, without specifying. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter, and provided no evidence that might suggest a case of spontaneous violence or angry protests that went too far.

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice made the rounds of Sunday morning news shows Sept. 16 pushing the line that a YouTube video was to blame for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, even as Libya’s president was insisting it was a premeditated assault.

Later that week, the president himself continued to blame the video during appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The View.”

GOP chair Reince Priebus is asking the president for some answers on the Benghazi timeline — when he’s not so busy, that is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.creech.5 Bruce Creech

    Hillary did link the attack to the movie. She and Obama stood in front of the caskets of those four slain americans and blamed it on the movie.

    • Jim Cooper

      And the day before at the State Dept. conference with Morocco!

      • grais

        Yes! I hadn’t remembered that it was Morocco, but it was definitely before the slain Americans came home.

      • elijahzabmom

        Also at the UN?

    • $8930093

      Just like in “1984” where the “Ministry of Truth” continually revises history, which it can easily do since it controls all media. Didn’t everybody have to read this book in school? If not, they should make it mandatory reading.

      • Sharon Klaff

        Yes I did have to study it at school, and it frightened me then that we might face a time in which it materialised.

    • Sharon Klaff

      So she did, but then economics with truth is her line!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.creech.5 Bruce Creech

    Hillary did link the attack to the movie. She and Obama stood in front of the caskets of those four slain americans and blamed it on the movie.

  • rippersnort

    Big Bird is going to hold a presser tomorrow – stay tuned…

  • rippersnort

    Big Bird is going to hold a presser tomorrow – stay tuned…

  • http://twitter.com/KariOBrien12 Kari OBrien

    wow, I just can’t fathom the thinking, or lack of, from this Administration! What the hell is going on in this country???? Hillary…there is video evidence of you linking the deaths to a video. Unbelievable! ROMNEY RYAN to restore American respect and values!

    • stuart little

      Doesn’t the UN Ambassador report to State? Perhaps O did an end-run with her.

  • http://twitter.com/KariOBrien12 Kari OBrien

    wow, I just can’t fathom the thinking, or lack of, from this Administration! What the hell is going on in this country???? Hillary…there is video evidence of you linking the deaths to a video. Unbelievable! ROMNEY RYAN to restore American respect and values!

  • Danny Wheeler

    O-Bummer so doesn’t get it!

    • Pete Futz

      None of the libtards get it.

  • Danny Wheeler

    O-Bummer so doesn’t get it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.seeburger Charles Seeburger

    Yes…I distinctly remember State blaming the video BEFORE they said that it was Justice’s baby and they couldn’t talk about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.seeburger Charles Seeburger

    Yes…I distinctly remember State blaming the video BEFORE they said that it was Justice’s baby and they couldn’t talk about it.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    The most corrupt administration ever. Maybe Clooney could play the part of Obama in the theatrical release.

    • Guest

      It might prove difficult for him (Clooney) as his lips seem to be permanently attached to Obama’s ass.

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    The most corrupt administration ever. Maybe Clooney could play the part of Obama in the theatrical release.

  • Dan L

    Someone pull Obama’s video press statement out of the memory hole. Hillary was standing right next to him. Maybe there was a sniper trained on her?

  • Dan L

    Someone pull Obama’s video press statement out of the memory hole. Hillary was standing right next to him. Maybe there was a sniper trained on her?

  • Linda Ponzo

    Hillary turns total whistle blower against the administration and the Clinton’s get their revenge. Personally, I’d like to see Obama impeached (not enough time at this point) or forced to resign, which his ego wouldn’t accept. November 6th can’t get here soon enough.

  • Discontentwliars

    Just add it to the list. The MSM is just playing thier game with the American People. I wonder how they’d feel if a Republican did the same thing. I think it ought to be a new policy, that the ruling party determines which media outlets they allow into briefings. I know it would be just like a dictatorial government. Oh wait, that’s just what happened.

  • Clayton B

    if this country was a ship, Obama would be Joeseph Hazelwood…

  • stuart little

    Perhaps O had better get accustomed to being under the bus. I suspect the American electorate will be throwing him there.

  • $18912735

    Obama – part Carter, part Nixon. The worst parts of both.

  • HARP2

    And they think they can call Romney a liar ????

  • Bklynnygirl

    The State Dept couldn’t let Fox hear them conspiring with the press to spin this in Obama’s favor.

  • Love of Country

    The one network that has shown ANY interest in this scandal gets purposefully left in the dark while O’Commie also divulges national secrets to make a bin Laden movie while simultaneously sticking to his pathetic assertions that a video prompted the Benghazi attacks.

    Hey Mitt or Ryan … please ask Dinglebarry to explain these epic disconnects at your next debate in a way that it makes sense to everyone ….. thanks!

  • charrenee

    Obama and Hillary made a ad Paid for by tax payers apologizing for the anti islam video to be played in the middle east. Bunch of liars

  • TomJB

    Hillary can’t cover her A any more than Obama can, even less probably. Any request for additional security by an embassy or consulate would (or should) eventually make its way to her desk. As head of the Dept of State, that buck actually stops at her desk as it comes out of her budget.

  • Right Wired

    Hitlery is going to try to get in all the digs she can before she’s unemployed again.

  • Paul C.

    I smell executive privilege a comin.

  • Sharon Klaff

    Is this the moment for the Clintons to take revenge on Obama for ousting her from the race? What will Bill say now to protect the wife who must have a wealth of stuff on him? The soap drama Soap isn’t a patch on this!