Paging Candy Crowley: Jay Carney repeats debunked Benghazi lie from presidential debates

Attention Candy Crowley: you’re needed for a “fact check” in the White House press briefing room. Once again, someone from the White House is claiming that President Barack Obama described the “spontaneous demonstration” in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11 as a terrorist attack the following day. Obama himself made that claim during the presidential debates and was backed up by “moderator” Candy Crowley who just wanted to “move things along.” Obama thanked Crowley for running interference and encouraged people to check the transcript; those who did, however, learned that Mitt Romney’s claim was correct. But that happened a long time ago; what difference, at this point, do the facts make?

At the risk of testing Mr. Carney’s dwindling patience, how does that explain the president then blaming the video for weeks afterward, both at the U.N. and during an appearance on David Letterman’s show?

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Obama was for calling it an act of terror, before he was against it, before he was for it again………. then he just gave up and decided to let the press decide what it was during a “deep background” press briefing…….

    • angeleyez

      Did you notice that stain on Carney’s blue tie ?
      ▲ YES
      ▼ NO

      • sameolbs

        Now I’ll have to go take a look. He just rolled out of bed?

      • RightFinShark

        No, But I did notice his lips turning brown.

      • Paul

        Yes more proof that even diehard liberals are beginning to have a hard time swallowing everything that spews out of Obama

    • sameolbs

      He’s better at f…ing around.

    • EverybodyTalks

      Why is Jay Carney bringing up the Rose Garden?…..”it was a long time ago.”

  • Rena

    It was interesting watching this, as he was obviously getting stressed about having to repeat the spin on words so much he started grasping at straws and getting flustered. If let to keep ramble he would have eventually told the truth…. The more he rambled them more he started to trip up a bit…

    • Brett McMicken

      you would think that, being a member of the mainstream media, he would be used to lying through his teeth

  • $27534774

    I bet carney has a big mess in his panties after this press conference

    • Junie3

      LOL, had to laugh.


    A weak press allows for the corruption, lies & deceit to continue…

  • tjp77

    The administration feels entirely comfortable lying because they know that whatever they say, the media will simply accept it and move on, without even a hint of criticism. Jay Carney could stand at that podium and say that the sun is purple and dogs can fly, and the media will just nod their heads and write it down.

    • Brian H (wackobird)


    • nc

      And make fun of us wackobirds for questioning it.

    • art

      You are exactly right. I don’t know why Republicans don’t say that every time they appear on the morning shows.

  • RblDiver

    ‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

  • DavidKramer

    “That was a long time ago.” So you can forgive Carney Barker for repeating another lie promulgated by the Obama admin.

  • Wiki David

    OK Candy Crowley. You gonna come out in everybody’s face and clear this up again for us with the same coverage you got in the debate? You remember.. that bs you told us at the debate? Come on…. the thing that got you the job you have now?

    • chevalmarin

      I NEVER forgot the little “get the transcript” comment from that debate. I watched her show on Sunday to see if she would come clean. HA! She had some Ambassador on claiming help was too far away and she agreed. Two hours away is not too far away. What a sad bunch we have in charge.

  • yourmamatoo

    Poor Carney.
    Even he is staring to doubt his own lies. You can see it on his face.

  • ObamaFail

    That pathetic lapdog is a lying sleaze. I hope once his job is over once Obama leaves office, I hope Carney can’t find any work. Then he’ll know how some of us real Americans have been feeling because of his bosses policies.

    • Mandy in SC

      You know they’ve got a spot already reserved for him over at MSNBC. He’ll fit right in.

  • Paula A. R. DeAngelis, PhD

    Carney keeps using the word, “Extremist” interchangeably with the word “Terrorist”. Its a deliberate attempt to equate the two words so that the White House can cover-up their lie when the Benghazi attack first happened and they blamed “Extremists” upset over an internet video virtually nobody saw.

    Just so we’re clear:
    An “Extremist” throws a FIT to support his position.
    A “Terrorist” throws a BOMB to support his position.

    Are we all clear now, Mr. Carney?

    • © Sponge

      He interchanges those words because he and the dems continually refer to the TEA Party and Conservatives as Extremists. The more he can tie the right to being terrorists, the happier they are.

      As LONG as it fits the NARRATIVE.

      • nc

        And they are always very deliberate with their words.

      • Paul

        yeah, too bad for them all the wacko shooters and bombers we’ve had in the US lately have been Bobo voters.

  • Jeremy

    Carney’s nose is getting longer.

  • poljunkie♪

    Somewhere else they just referred to this petty little man as a crap weasel. I was thinking Carney when I typed this, but actually it’s more fitting for Pres 0.
    They lie like rugs.

  • Lori

    Don’t be too hard on Carney. He gets all his facts from Wikipedia.

    • Sharkteeth

      He would be more safe fishing for crab in Alaska

  • detroit19

    I cannot express my contempt for this pos potus, which is only slightly more than the contempt in which I hold my ‘fellow’ American citizens. Richard Nixon resigned over what was a BENIGN, victimless crime; breaking/entering/spying on the competition (NO ONE died). Bill ‘BJ’ Clinton LIED under oath re: a benign (in the sense that ‘no one’ died, irrespective of the argument that may, rightfully, be brought that Monica’s soul died), crime which did NOT KILL ANYONE, and now, we have president obama (lower case intentional) pretending like he never knew about Fast & Furious (RIP Brian Terry), Benghazi when we ALL know he knew full well what was going on in both instances and LIED about it to save his ‘political’ bacon. But IF he didn’t know, why the HELL not? Is he the potus, or not?

    • Lisa Dean

      Thank you @facebook-1447278325:disqus! I think he’s the potus when it comes to rap stars, their wives, golf and family vacations.

  • Sharkteeth

    You got to have one hell of a memory to keep the lie about a lie and the try to fit that half truth aww hell I am confused

  • Canadian in USA
    • Sharkteeth

      This situation is serious but LMAO

  • Jack Deth


    Desperate times call for infantile, futile, desperate action!

    Talk about “Beating to fit and painting to match”!!!

    I need to get hold of Mr. Peabody, Sherman and The Way Back Machine.

  • John

    The only Terror in the rose garden was Obama

  • r_coplin2001

    Ok who told Jay Carney to say this as he is just the mouthpiece for the current administration

  • nc

    Note that Carney’s boss is perfectly comfortable sending his stooge out to twist in the wind for him. Disgusting.

    • Rena

      Thats because Obama wont be able to answer any of the questions put forth without a teleprompter to aid him….

  • camnpat

    Let’s give Carney the hypothetical. Let’s imagine for a second that in an alternate reality Obama condemned Benghazi as a terrorist attack that next morning. To quote Hilary, “What difference does it make?”. After that the talking point was that this was just a protest over a friggin’ video. Even Obama kept using that same line for days, and he even went in front of the UN where he condemned the violence of the “protest” but all but apologized for the “irresponsibility” (paraphrasing here) of those making things like the famous video. Carney may want to twist this around however he wants, but in the end the same result comes up.

  • bicentennialguy

    Could you imagine getting paid to spew the biggest falsehoods you could possibly dream up? What a friggin’ tool.

  • Hanoverfist

    Everyone has it wrong. He was calling killing Bin Laden an act of terror. /s

  • Brian Watts

    The Whitehouse revised it 12 times in 24 hours. That is 1/2 lie per hour.

    • TocksNedlog

      It was the weekend — they were slacking.

  • NotaLemming

    WHERE WAS OBAMA DURING THE FIREFIGHT? NO but NO one asked that question today? WHERE WAS OBAMA WHILE ALL THIS WAS GOING ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sharkteeth

    Steve Hayes is the man. Serve that dish cold Steve.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    Uh…if the Rose Garden statement (and yes, we all know Obama DID NOT attribute the Benghazi attack to terrorism in that speech- but let’s play along with Jay Carney) represents your definitive “truth”, then why was our tiny, lying, petty king in front of the fuc#ing UN ASSEMBLY two weeks later declaring in his speech, quote: And that is what we saw play out in the last two weeks, where a crude and disgusting video sparked outrage throughout the Muslim world. Now, I have made it clear that the United States government had nothing to do with this video, and I believe its message must be rejected by all who respect our common humanity. It is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well.

    Square that circle Carney.

    You lying little toad of a man.

  • JR48

    1. POTUS did not refer to Benghazi in the Rose Garden.
    2. He and ALL of his minions, including the Sec of State, blamed it on a YouTube video. To the point where both the POTUS and the SOS created PSA videos to run on tv in Pakistan, to APOLOGIZE FOR THE VIDEO. Yes, this also includes Asst SOS Rice who repeated the BS on every Sunday talk show on the planet. And where SOS Clinton literally stood in front of the dead bodies of the people that were killed and spoke about the video.


    4.. Jay Carney is lying through his teeth and sweating for literally the first time in five years.

    • neoface

      Hope Carney was also peeing in his pants.

  • Zefal

    Sep 14, 2012

    CARNEY: Jake, let’s be clear. This — these protests were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region –

    TAPPER: At Benghazi?

    CARNEY: We certainly don’t know; we don’t know otherwise. You know, we have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack. The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that Muslims, many Muslims find offensive. And while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified, it is not a reaction to the 9/11 anniversary that we know of or to U.S. policy.

    TAPPER: The group around the Benghazi post was well-armed, it was a well-coordinated attack. Do you think it was a spontaneous protest against a movie?

    CARNEY: Look, this is obviously under investigation, and I don’t have — but I answered the question.

    ANOTHER REPORTER: But your operating assumptions — your operating assumption is that that was — that was in response to the video, in Benghazi? I just want to clear that up. That’s the framework; that’s the operating assumption?

    CARNEY: It’s not an assumption –

    TAPPER: Administration officials have said that it looks like this was something other than –

    CARNEY: I think there have been misreports on this, Jake, even in the press, which some of it has been speculative. What I’m telling you is this is under investigation. The unrest around the region has been in response to this video. We do not, at this moment, have information to suggest or to tell you that would indicate that any of this unrest was preplanned.

    What is true about Libya is that — a couple of things. One is it’s one of the more pro-American countries in the region. Two, it is a very new government. It is a country that has just come out of a revolution and a lot of turmoil, and there are certainly a lot of armed groups. So the fact that there are weapons in the region and the new government is not — you know, is still building up its capacities in terms of security and its — and its ability to ensure the security of facilities is not necessarily reflective of anything except for the remarkable transformation that’s been going on in the region.

    TAPPER: My last question, it was said that what happened at 9/11 was a failure of imagination, failure of American policymakers and counterterrorism officials to anticipate the kind of attack that could have taken place. This would seem to be the exact opposite. Was this a failure by the Obama administration? Did the president and his administration mess up in any way?

    CARNEY: Jake, again, what we have seen is unrest around the region in response to a video that Muslims find offensive, many Muslims find offensive. We have seen incidents like this in the past in reaction to other actions, cartoons, and other actions that have been taken that have been — have led to protests and violence in the region.

    And we have managed those situations, and we are working to ensure that our diplomatic personnel and our diplomatic facilities are secure as we deal with the response to this video, which we believe is offensive and disgusting….I think you have to understand what is happening currently in the region and what it is a response to. This is not — this has been in –

    TAPPER: No, I don’t need to understand that, I think the people who protect the embassies need to understand it.

    MR. CARNEY: The cause of the unrest was a video, and that continues today, as you know, as we anticipated. And it may continue for sometime. We are working with governments around the region to remind them of their responsibilities to provide security to diplomatic personnel and facilities, and we are ensuring that more resources are put in place to protect our embassies and consulates and our personnel in these parts of the world where unrest is occurring.

  • tops116

    Carney just forgot because “it was a long time ago.”

  • Zefal

    Midnight at the Benghazi
    Send your ambassador to bed
    With 50 terrorists to attend him
    They’ll all shred him
    And laugh at his beck and calling to hillary
    You won’t need no security
    When I’m your Secretary of State
    You won’t need no C130 gunship
    When your hearse takes you for a ride!
    Come on! obama is your friend
    He’ll point out a youtube video
    To blame for your fiery end

  • PrincessofSnark

    If this wasn’t so tragic it would be funny watching Carney squirm and lie. But, IT DOES MATTER that four brave men are dead because of the inept people in the Administration, starting from the President down.

  • JohnnyTwoDog

    In the Rose Garden Obama blames Benghazi on the video, calling it a “shameless attack” about religion. He later calls 9/11 an act of terror.

    See for yourself

  • stillinthe60s

    Remember, the press secretary is POTUS’s spokesman. He fronts for POTUS so if he’s a lying POS he has the approval of Prezi. It is obvious he’s doing the job Obama wants because if he wasn’t, he’d be resigning tomorrow. So when you see Carney up there you should really be seeing Obama.

  • ralphwylie

    As I watch Hillary and Carney and Obama (in absentia and by proxy) lie boldly to the American people, I can’t help but wonder if they think the American people are really that stupid. I guess I answered my own question!

    • neoface

      They reelected Obama for the second term, that might be a blatant clue. Nuff said! Unless Obama is impeach, we all have to suffer for three and half more years. Sick!!!

  • TocksNedlog

    Candy . . . her parents must have been psychic.

  • TocksNedlog

    And then he goes home and tells Claire Shipman, “All night long, baby!”

  • neoface

    Carney is a real lying weasel, he should be in jail for blatantly lying to the press and the American people. Hello Carney, the truth is out!!

  • el_polacko

    i’ve gotta give carney a break, he’s just doing his job and it’s increasingly more difficult to defend this administration with each passing day. i’m suprised that the poor guy doesn’t just say ‘eff’ it and walk off.

  • larrymwalkerjr

    Uh, did Benghazi even have internet service in September 2012? I doubt anyone there ever saw the infamous YouTube video? / Libya has the slowest internet speeds in the world… 52% of the country has an internet speed of less than 256 kilobytes per second (kbps)… At present only 5.5% of the population in Libya have internet access and this is one of the lowest penetration rates in the Middle East and North Africa (Tripoli, 16 July 2012:).

  • Rick

    Obama’s presidency has been an act of terror.

  • Mark81150

    I get the feeling Carney is near a meltdown, tired of tracking Obama’s lies and not keeping up..

    Either he’ll grow a conscience and resign, or his head will explode, either one works..

    He can hire Cher to do his briefings, she’s a moron, but a zealous moron.

  • Paul C.

    Good grief these are the people running the country. Does anyone feel proud?

  • Brett McMicken

    i have a feeling jay will be taking time off to “be with his family” before long

  • James Neal

    What we now know is that the terrorist was in the Rose Garden…

  • josh

    yeah what difference do facts make anyway? i mean we can’t agree on what a man said in front of how many cameras? and the people who are so “religiously concerned with the debt” are the ones who can’t listen to a recording of what he said and move about their business instead costing how much for hearings and investigations?

  • toreilly

    I’ve got news for you. The words “terrorist attack” have never crossed obama’s pinched little lips…

  • NedReader

    Just hours after Obama left the Rose garden the day after the Benghazi attacks where Obama referred to “acts of terror” but did not call the attacks an act of terror, CBS on “60 Minutes” asked him point blank if it was an act of terror. The following was not released by CBS until two days before the election and only on the CBS web site. So yes, Obama lied during the debate and continues to lie about this.

    KROFT: Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word terrorism in connection with the Libya Attack, do you believe that this was a terrorism attack?

    OBAMA: Well it’s too early to tell exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.

    KROFT: It’s been described as a mob action, but there are reports that they were very heavily armed with grenades, that doesn’t sound like your normal demonstration.

    OBAMA: As I said, we’re still investigating exactly what happened, I don’t want to jump the gun on this. But your right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. And my suspicion is there are folks involved in this. Who were looking to target Americans from the start. So we’re gonna make sure that our first priority is to get our folks out safe, make sure our embassies are secured around the world and then we are going to go after those folks who carried this out.

    KROFT: There have been reports, obviously this isn’t the first time…there have been attacks on the consulate before. There was an attack against the British ambassador. Do you…this occurred on Sept. 11. Can you tell me why the ambassador was in Benghazi yesterday? Was it to evaluate security at the consulate?

  • kbrockm

    The only “act of terror” in the Rose Garden was Obama lying about Benghazi!