Benghazi Hearings Plus Media Updates

The Live Feed of the Benghazi hearings can be watched here May 8, 2013 till 5pm EST when they end. Media stories and tweets follow the video (Refresh to update).

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While you are listening, take a look at what other media outlets are presenting about the Benghazi hearing:
Five Key Points from Today’s Benghazi Hearing (So Far)
1. Two “stand-down” orders were given while the Benghazi attacks were in progress.

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2. The “protest” about a YouTube video was a complete fabrication by the Obama administration.

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3. Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s lawyer at the State Department, told witnesses not to speak to House investigators.

4. The diplomatic personnel on the ground acted with incredible, unheralded heroism.

5. Democrats came to rebut the eyewitnesses with talking points.

Hillary said during her testimony, “What difference does it make?” Benghazi Whistleblower Eric Nordstrom chokes up during hearing and says, “It matters to me.”

Why is MSNBC not covering Benghazi? Doug Powers believes it’s because they think Obama can do no wrong.

On Morning Joe, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd auditioned for Jay Carney’s job explained why he thinks those investigating the Benghazi attack are pushing a conspiracy theory and laughed off any notion of it developing into a major scandal.

Here’s the video and transcript

From last night: Biden: “When [Susan Rice] speaks…no one wonders whether or not she’s speaking for the President”

Rep. Jackie Speier (D., Calif.) repeatedly asked Gregory Hicks Wednesday to verify his remarks that lawyers at the State Department told him not to be interviewed by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) about the Benghazi attacks.

Breitbart reports:

All Three Cable Nets Ignore Ongoing Libya Hearing To Cover Arias

Jodi Arias probably killed that guy and definitely killed the news-cycle for the Libya hearings. Even Fox News is ignoring the whistle-blower testimony in favor of hyping the upcoming Arias verdict.

The Apocalypse must be nigh.

The Real Benghazi Whistleblower Blocker – Cheryl Mills

Deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya Gregory Hicks testified Wednesday that he was told by the State Department not to meet with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), when he traveled to Libya to investigate the Benghazi attack.

During that trip, a lawyer from the State Department was excluded from a classified meeting because he did not have the appropriate security clearance. Following that meeting, State Department general counsel Cheryl Mills called Hicks angry, demanding a report about the meeting. “A phone call from that near a person is generally not considered to be good news,” Hicks said Wednesday.

Report: CBS News Bosses Irked by Correspondent’s Thorough Benghazi Reporting
The biggest Benghazi-related story that took place outside of the House Oversight Committee’s hearing room today is this item in Politico, regarding CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.  She’s the reporter who famously drew White House officials’ profane ire over her unapologetic pursuit of the Fast & Furious scandal story; now she’s apparently facing searing criticism from another source: Her own bosses.  Why?  Because she’s been covering the Benghazi story too aggressively.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you media bias:

“Attkisson, who holds a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, takes a fighting stance when she feels she’s being stonewalled. Which is exactly what she thinks the White House has done to her on Benghazi,” Farhi writes. But from where Attkisson is sitting, there are actually two Goliaths, one of which is almost entirely absent from the Post profile. The second Goliath is CBS News, which has grown increasingly frustrated with Attkisson’s Benghazi campaign. CBS News executives see Attkisson wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue, network sources have told POLITICO. Attkisson can’t get some of her stories on the air, and is thus left feeling marginalized and underutilized. That, in part, is why Attkisson is in talks to leave CBS ahead of contract, as POLITICO reported in April. Farhi mentions “internal conflicts” in the final paragraph, though he seems to dismiss them. The “internal conflicts” are indeed real — Attkisson is still eyeing an exit, according to sources — and provide important context for today’s piece. Today, CBS News is celebrating Attkisson’s commitment to the Benghazi story. It’s good press. But that support is an aberration.

Chaffetz slaps down Andrea Mitchell’s accusations:

Hillary knew Benghazi was an attack and not a protest at 2am. Katie Pavlich writes:

Testimony given Wednesday on Capitol Hill by Greg Hicks, Benghazi whistleblower and deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, exposed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a liar.

Hicks, who was on the ground in Libya on September 11, 2012, said Clinton called him around 2 a.m. from Washington to ask “what was going on.” Hicks responded by saying the consulate was under attack. He never told her about a protest outside the consulate because there wasn’t one.

“The only report that our mission made through every channel was that this was an attack,” Hicks said. “No protest.”

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