ABC’s Jake Tapper: Obama running out the clock on Benghazi questions

With the election only days away and the Big Bird and binders jokes played out, the mainstream media seems willing at last to mention the word “Benghazi.” Eli Lake of Newsweek and the Daily Beast today passed along his sources’ claim that the State Department never requested military backup, and now ABC’s Jake Tapper has penned a blog post called “The Benghazi Drip-Drip-Drip.” Strange, really, considering that as a part of ABC News, Tapper is better positioned than most to open that tap and let the information flow.

Some help from the president would be appreciated, though. Tapper begins by recounting how the president either didn’t hear or flat out ignored a question shouted last night by ABC News’s Mary Bruce “about when he would begin to provide answers to the numerous questions building up about what exactly what went wrong in Benghazi, Libya.”

To a public hungry for any sort of answers on Benghazi, what little recap Tapper does provide is greatly appreciated. Too little, too late, perhaps, but it’s something. Um, thanks?

Staying quiet until after the election? Oh, you think so?

Tapper has managed to rally quite a cheerleading section from just one blog post. Just imagine what a few specific questions directed toward the administration could do.

Tapper might not be the only one finally tuning in to Benghazi. ABC’s Devin Dwyer today asked Jay Carney about the president’s involvement in the investigation.

On Air Force One today, White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked by ABC News how closely the President is reading and following the media reports about what went wrong in Benghazi.

“Is he engaged in the investigation and receiving updates on the investigation, or is he waiting until it’s complete?” ABC News’ Devin Dwyer asked.

Carney noted that since the “investigations are being conducted by both the FBI and the Accountability Review Board” the president himself “is not participating in the investigation. He is anticipating results that show us exactly what happened, who was responsible and what lessons we can learn from it in terms of how we ensure that it never happens again.”

With Election Day so close, more and more voters seem to be learning how they can ensure this sort of debacle never happens again under a second Obama term.

  • freeinaz

    Guess the lies being put out by Obama, Hillary, and Panetta are becoming so hard to follow they keep stumbling over each other. It’s too late for the media to regain any type of integrity due to their facilitating the continued lies from these incompetent fools.

    • smmy33

      What’s wrong with them, how does the media justify ignoring this because it will hurt Obama, their not in the busniess of reporting the news , getting to the facts, where ever it leads them, demanding answers from those we intrust with power, there now in the busniess of protecting the powerful.

      • KansasGirl

        The media is Obama.

  • Jd Crow

    The Carney statement makes it sound like the President was completely out of the loop on this. You would think an Investigation by the FBI and ARB would include interviews of the President…After All, he said he issued 3 orders when he was informed of the attack.

    • vetgal1970

      Seriously. As Commander in Chief, you’d think HE would be the one asking who defied his ‘orders’, and he would have been doing it on Sept 12 instead of blaming a video and then jetting off to Vegas to campaign.

      • KansasGirl

        How can the CIC ask who defied his orders, when he gave none.
        This was all intentional.

        • vetgal1970

          I know it. He is a snake and is completely unfit to be CiC.

    • Donna Jackson

      There are 2 different groups investigating the situation. And yet, Senators that have been writing letters almost daily, know nothing about this investigation. I find what he said to be another load of garbage.

  • John Schulenburg

    Fake Tapper is not the “fair” journalist so many on the right think he is.

    Most missed this nugget: “Republicans operatives are fanning flames and creating suspicions where there’s no evidence of wrongdoing, trafficking in false rumors and idle speculation. “

    • Ben Bollman

      Yeah, but anyone in the MSM even just willing to listen and not be completely on Obama’s jock is appreciated.

    • LochGates44

      Who told him there’s no evidence of wrong doing? The White House or ihs ABC pal Brian Ross. He’s the one from that station that knows what’s going on.

  • Jack Deth

    Praying hard for a loudly shouted ‘Romney FEMA Question Moment’ directed at Obama from the Press Corps about Benghazi as he’s coming down the steps of AF-1.

    The look on his shocked face would be priceless!

    It would also spell the beginning of the end for the half-wit Messiah.

  • SAndrews

    I can remember when ABC’s Nightline started out as a nightly show about the hostage crisis in Iran. Something like Americans held hostage – Day 27, until the days kept going up and they renamed it. The show remains, but the spirit which created it is long gone.

  • dave lewis

    Mr. Tapper and ABC are getting hit hard.

    Unfortunately, it will be like water off of a duck.

    • Tony0920

      I’m reading major support for Jake and the whole story. Do I misunderstand you with “getting hit hard”?

  • Tony0920

    “what lessons we can learn from it” (Carney) are that this President is not qualified for the job. He was never even rightly vetted. Conspiracy theories aside, the proper decisions were not made, and learning the ropes of leadership should not come at the cost of lives, when help and salvation were clearly available. Mistakes happen, even with the best leadership. Mr. Obama had his chance. Kudos to Jake Tapper, Eli Lake and the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the needed, possibly too late exposure to this debauchery. No second chance on this and the many other failures of this entire administration!

  • Cosmic Girl

    MSM losing viewers ’cause of bias…and as the viewers go, so will the money. But the MSM loves Obama more than their integrity, jobs, paychecks, network, or America. They’re willing to lose it all for their ‘Master’. What fools!

  • orringtonmom (D)

    so they are going to report it finally, probably with the look of “guess what we have to tell you guys” on their faces.

    • Kevin Krom

      The press is running out the clock too, which makes sense as they’re just the Democrats’ PR wing. If they get dragged into actually reporting on the story, at least half the coverage will be about how it’s Republicans’ fault, how they’re making mountains out of molehills, and/or some sort of false moral equivalence intended to make the GOP look like hypocrites for talking about it.

  • nc

    Think Abu Ghraib, Valerie Plame, even Romney’s “gaffes” – we know they can do it if they want to.

    • TugboatPhil

      Thank you! They don’t even need to act like this happened to a Republican President to do some real reporting. Just have them act like a Republican was in office and a non-scandal happened. We’d know the names of every American in all of north Africa by now.

  • Brent Guthrie

    How is Obama NOT participating in the FBI “investigation” when he was in the Situation Room at some point during the terrorist attack? He was involved at some point, so he is a part of this.

    • Kevin Krom

      Either he made the decision himself, which proves his unfitness for the job, or someone else made the call while he was there, which proves his unfitness for the job.

      You can see then why stalling the answer is the only thing he can do, because both answers look bad for him.

    • G.

      I don’t wear a tinfoil hat, close observation of recent ME events makes one inclined to believe that our Ambassador was sacrificed by 0bama, Clinton, et al. Look at all the involvement the US has had under Obamas’ lead in the overthrow of seemingly stable governments (some loyal to us) in the Middle East and then consider the acknowledgement and friendship of this administration to the Muslim Brotherhood (ref WH visitor logs). Something very, very wrong has happened here…as obama may have intended.

  • rbtpowell

    Really Jake, isn’t running out the clock part and parcel of a cover-up?…..Nice of you to finally join those of us hanging out in reality…….

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  • Lidsamy

    Meh, ABC, and all of them should be holding Obama’s feet to the fire. if this was a republican POTUS, this would be the one and only question facing the president and failure to answer would not be tolerated

  • Guest

    ABC’s ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos , is produced by Ian Cameron (EP), who is married to Ambassador the the UN, Susan Rice. You know, the one who trumpeted (over and over) the film as the cause of the Ambassador, and his security detail’s death. There has been speculation that Ian Cmaeron left ABC a couple years ago, but I can’t find much about it. The point is, there is a large network of these people who are undermining the Constitution, and the Media is run by them, as obviously they don’t report anything negative about Obama.

  • Donna Jackson

    IMO, they are talking about it now because they know their man is losing. This gives them a way to CYA and blame Benghazi at the same time. “Hey..We’re about to look really stupid. Let’s jump ship and act like we know why he lost”

  • denbren52

    So happy to see someone at one of the 3 networks paying attention to this coverup. Unfortunately it means that Jake Tapper will be looking for work before too long and will probably end up adding to the incredible line-up at Fox News. We just need one brave soul at each network to help break this coverup wide open. How about 2 journalists playing a little Woodward and Bernstein on this story?

  • Rashied Rushing

    They’re about 6 steps behind on the story but they’ll piece it together. Better late than never.

  • Gord Higham

    What’s the difference between Jake Tapper and a crack addicted hooker?

    One works for ABC News.

  • ConcernedOne

    Why don’t they escort Commie Geraldo from Fox and replace with Tapper?