“Very loud, delusional minority”: Democrats hit the Sunday shows to downplay new Benghazi reports

On Tuesday, Judicial Watch released emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show then-White House deputy strategic communications adviser Ben Rhodes collaborated with other senior White House officials to shield President Obama from criticism following the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. In the emails, Rhodes explained the “goal” is “to underscore that these protests are rooted in [an] Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”

As TheBlaze reported, several top White House staffers, including political strategist David Plouffe and press secretary Jay Carney, were involved in these emails, some of which were circulated just a day before then-United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on television to blame the attacks on a YouTube video.

Over the weekend, prominent Democrats, including Plouffe, made the rounds on the Sunday morning shows to downplay the significance of emails. On radio this morning, Glenn lambasted the sad state of the American media when it comes to actually reporting on the issues that matter.

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ON CNN’s State of the Union, Gwen Ifill of PBS News Hour ran through a list of stories she believes deserve greater coverage than Benghazi.

“If this weren’t about politics, we would be talking about the two-hundred-plus missing girls in Nigeria,” Ifill said. “We’d be talking about the outbreak of war in South Sudan. There are so many important issues around the world which involves people’s lives, helpless people’s lives, that could use a little attention.”

“That involve people’s lives,” Glenn asked. “Not the unbelievable slaughter of innocents in Libya, not the slaughter in Syria because we helped run guns to al-Qaeda then the guns were shipped over to Syria. It’s just important things like Nigeria and the Sudan, not Libya and Syria. That’s not important.”

Over on ABC News’ This Week, Laura Ingraham was forced to respond to Plouffe, Van Jones, and Cokie Roberts after she disagreed with Ploffe’s assertion that a “very loud, delusional minority” is driving the Republican Party to politicize Benghazi.

Watch the exchange below:


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“This is [Cass Sunstein] full throttle,” Glenn said of Plouffe’s attempt to marginalize the issue. “Cass Sunstein said make sure you call it a conspiracy theory. Even if you know it to be true, label it a conspiracy theory.”

While Ingraham holds her own against the progressive power players, the jury is stacked against her. As soon has Plouffe seems to be at a loss, Jones and Roberts are there to rescue him.

“She jumps right in and says, ‘Let’s not have a prosecution here,’” Pat said of Roberts. “What are you talking about? That’s what your whole show is about!”

The Sunday shows should be a roundtable to Washington analysts who can offer a deeper look and perspective on the biggest issues of the week. Instead, week after week these shows prove to be nothing more than a political game.

“That’s what it’s supposed to be about. You are supposed to bring the newsmakers on and hold them accountable for what happened,” Glenn said. “But this is what it looks like after a White House Correspondents Dinner. You do a dinner for 100 years and this is what you get: ‘Whoa, hold on, outsider. I don’t think you know how this is played. We’re in this together. We’ll take a pound of his flesh and he’ll take a fund of ours, but we’ll all go away happy and have dinner together.’”

“You see that played out every single Sunday on every one of these shows,” Pat concluded. “Then when you get someone like Laura Ingraham, who is not part of the inside ring, it’s a blood bath.”

  • landofaahs

    There must be a lot of there, there, if they scream this loudly. Me thinks they dost protest too much. But as the NSA would say “If you have nothing to hide, what are you worried about?”.

  • Sea Rock

    … “very loud, delusional minority” …

    … I’m reminded of …

    Their Final Journey (9/11 Jumpers) As posted at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTnrCkN8rfs

    Reporter Lara Logan brings ominous news from Middle East
    As posted at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8WVp6nUwew

    As posted at: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=809_1395163651

  • Anonymous

    Nixon had the good grace and sense to resign over far, far less than this. With Watergate, nobody died. With Benghazi this administration lied and lied and people died. Impeach. Just reprehensible.

  • Wulf

    Why can’t these right-wing jerks, like, focus on important stuff like the Malaysian plane, private recorded conversations, and banana throwing athletes. I mean, like, this Bengazee thing was like 2 years ago dude.

    My bro Tommy Vietor and I are having a pajama party to drink hot chocolate and talk about ObamaCare! Drop by dudes, it’ll be gnarly!

    Whoa, gotta get to my White House spokesman interview. Later dudes..

  • Deckard426

    I thought it was racist to refer to minorities as delusional.

  • Anonymous

    The “theory” is that Obama lies about his accomplishments for political expediency. Using his administration to do so, makes it a “conspiracy” by definition. This is not UFO’s or Bigfoot, this so-called “conspiracy theory” is demonstrably accurate. Embrace the label, the left is simply using name calling as a red herring.

  • Scientific Theory

    I’m just trying to figure out what we are trying to get here on Benghazi, and people comparisons to Watergate. The most we are going to get is that Obama mislead the american people to help himself politically to win an election. So lets say we do that. Then what? Lying is not a crime last time I checked. Is this so we can find out if Hillary Clinton lied to hurt her in 2016? As long as the CIA reports even had a smidgen of a mention of a video, and a protest, then the administration can play plausible deniability for years. Yes Obama knew it was a terror attack, yes he knew that spinning the video would help him politically, so what? He’s not up for re-election and he’s got 40% of the electorate that will never turn against him.

  • Scientific Theory

    There is a difference, his lying didn’t actually cause the deaths of those people. The lying came after they were already dead. You said “lied and people died” Instead you should say “People died and Obama lied”. Big difference.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Thousands of Americans were sacrificed on Bataan and Corregidor it was a military decision. Four Americans were killed in Benghazi and every armchair general thinks they can second guess what the President and his staff decided.

    There is plenty to attack this President for particularly what is unfolding in Ukraine.

    I don’t see Benghazi as an issue.

  • tho_as

    When the main stream news wakes up and does their job, like, getting the facts instead of licking the whitehouse deserts, this will be a better nation. They did their job in watergate. Have they gone scared now ?

  • Anonymous

    If this happened the way Van Jones and others said it happened, they should have considered it an act of war. They let those men die to cover up gun running.

  • shashiznick

    Makes me wanna scream.

  • Anonymous

    We knew this was coming but many just wouldn’t believe it.

    The whole tone of this scandal is just like the Hawaiian Birth Certificate but on steroids. Denial, accusations of craziness, stonewalling until a birth certificate was finally released. I suspect that episode weighs heavily on Mr. Obama’s mind. He still “jokes” about it. He isn’t joking and he intends to make everyone pay for forcing out that birth certificate.

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  • Anonymous

    I can’t help but go back to the ’08 election and why after all these years would Scotland release Magrahi? If Gaddafi was in fact an economic risk, he certainly would have cratered the Russian oil market. Afterall, their biggest client is the EU. What if the open mic moment with Obama and Medvedev was about this stuff happening in the Ukraine? And the crisis hurts the economy of Europe. Who wins when the crisis erupts further? Why would Putin back off now? His port in Syria is safe because Obama abandoned the cause. Ukraine saw how ineffective the WH is on international matters. And the one country silent in all of this is,,,,,IRAN! Slowly churning away on a nuclear bomb while the chess pieces move.

    That woman said in the last story in For The Record that we were woefully caught off guard when the attacks took a new turn. I suspect we are dangerously unprepared for something greater to happen?

  • Jim

    I don’t know if they’re scared(they might be), but BO is their guy. They’ve backed him for the last 6 years. If they don’t support him now, they might have to admit they were wrong. The same happened with Clinton. There was a credible accusation of rape, but the press ignored and downplayed it because BC was their guy. Watergate was different. Nixon wasn’t “their guy” so he was open game.

  • Anonymous

    They were in the room and watched the real time video and did nothing.

  • Anonymous

    They were refused security and left to die.

  • Anonymous

    They were refused security and left to die. Do you not get the significance.

  • Anonymous

    Now there is NSA spying and IRS agents taking the 5th amendment.

  • Mike Nelson

    This splitting of hairs ignores all of the events that took place over the last 5 years.

    Context matters.

  • Dave S

    So you think that an American Presidency can just Blame Americans for the actions of terrorists.. Lets get to the bottom dollar here. Obama Hillary Susan Rice Made up a story that blamed Americans for the deaths of these 4 .Hillary looked into the eyes of the parents of those murdered and promised that an American would pay dearly for causing these murders. These are intentional acts… Its not like they said we dont have a clue what happened.. They came out and Blamed AMERICANS … They put these Americans lives at risk .. The muslims have called for the deaths of all involved with the film…… AFTER Obama went to the UN and blamed the attacks on Americans. after susan rice blamed the attacks on Americans and have shrillary blamed the attacks on Americans… Benghazi is not an issue OK fine….. The cover up of Benghazi is criminal …

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    Couldn’t the same be said about “the Battling Bastards of Bataan?”

    We left thousands to their fate. I don’t recall that decision being so politicized as four embassy officials.

    It was a military decision that Obama didn’t make alone. A lot of armchair generals think they can second guess the guy who ultimately bears the responsibility.

    Would you have tried to rescue the hostages in Iran like Jimmy Carter?

    I don’t recall the “loyal opposition” doing anything but try to pin responsibility on Carter.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    If Obama had conceded that the Benghazi attack was some kind of organized terrorist attack Fox News and the right wing media would have made that the sole issue to attack Obama in the final weeks of the election.

    So what is the outcome? Has Al Queda had a resurgence and is America and it’s assets overseas under attack? No.

    This is all about nothing.

    Barack Obama is a company man. He serves the interests of American Empire. He bolsters illegitimate repressive regimes such as Honduras and Haiti. He abets the meddling in dangerous foreign adventures like Ukraine, Libya and Syria.

    The real contest between the Republicans and the Democrats isn’t about ideology, but rather how either of them sells the kleptocracy and which faction of wealthy thieves gets to carve the fatted cow of America.

  • tho_as

    Obama’s boys found they would get away with fooling the American people in the IRS trampling on conservative Americans free speech. They did so well a job on that and it helped his election. The Benghazi was happening in the last throes of campaigning for 2012. Certainly they could cover that up as well as the IRS brown shirt brigade’s activities; also tied to the election. Their cajones were swelling with deceitful confidence by the Benghazi tragedy. All this worked, the election went off smoothly, at the price of usurping people’s free speech for political gain and demeaning American heroes deaths by saying “a video did this” because if otherwise it may have hurt the election for them.

  • Lucas Forde

    Let the Dems channel there inner Carl Albert. House Dems seem to have no spines.

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  • mspatdev

    obammy has gotten all of the demo’s to say that the Benghaki is a witch hunt by the GOP. They could help find the whole truth instead of lying. How about the parents and their families of the four men that died. Don’t they deserve the truth? Hell yes they do and the American citizens. This administration has told so many lies on everything that is wrong and their IRS, and many more things. This is a very dishonest government. If they don’t get this resolved, then it will go on and on. Instead of lying about it in the first place, they should have manned up to the truth. I have to be in there shoes when they die and God will ask them why they didn’t tell the truth. God already knows the truth. He knows everything that the obammy administration is doing.

  • mspatdev

    Nixon is more honorable then obammy ever, ever will be.

  • mspatdev

    obammy’s lies did cause the deaths of those people. Then to tell the world that it was a movie. The world knew that he was lying.

  • mspatdev

    We aren’t unprepared as a lot of the USA people knew what was going on. The only people that didn’t know what to do was obammy and his mineons.

  • mspatdev

    h. clinton could look at anybody and tell lies as she and hubby killed a lot of people. This was no big thing. obammy can do the same thing. WE THE AMERICANS ARE NOT TO BE THE BLAME. obammy is always blaming people for what he has done. The Benghaki murders was a botched up killing that they were trying to do because of the ALMIGHT VOTE. How true that the cover up of Benghazi is criminal and obammy is trying to have the demo’s saying that the GOP is telling the lies.

  • mspatdev

    Very good. Thank-you.

  • mspatdev

    Thank-you……..Very, very good.

  • Anonymous

    “…his lying didn’t actually cause the deaths of those people…” Really? That jury is still out, hidden behind all the hidden documents conveniently classified “Top Secret,” the trademark of the ‘most transparent administration ever. Maybe they are. Anyone who bothers to look can see right through them. Unlike Presidents, ambassadors aren’t allowed to go willy-nilly anywhere, anytime they want to play golf like the Great Impostor. Stevens was sent across Libya from the safety of his Embassy to that Benghazi hellhole.
    Is ‘Scientific Theory’ an alias for Jay Blarney? Can you really be that mushy-headed?
    Steve-o-rino could never have been accused of being conservative.

    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/494799._Dumbth_

    What happens when a filthy-rich revolutionary; an unpunished, unrepentant bank-robber grows up to inherit a media fortune?
    Has Political Correctness halted connection of the dots?
    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it!

  • Anonymous

    Watergate was 40 years ago. Who owned them then? Who owns them now? Hint: “Symbionese…”
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  • Todd A Scheller

    Al-Qaeda has in fact had a resurgence. Thus why the attack happened in Libya.

    In March, they launched a English Language Web-Magazine.

    Al-Qaeda is taking over parts of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Even the CHINESE see them as resurging.

    Obama has done absolutely NOTHING about the Ukraine and Syria. You seem to vastly misunderstand current events.

  • Todd A Scheller

    Since when did the US Ambassador become a soldier?
    Bataan and Corregidor were fought by SOLDIERS.

  • Todd A Scheller

    Were the Battling Bastards of Bataan not Soliders? Did many of them not go into the jungles and still fight the Japanese after the battle?
    Lacking a fundamental knowledge of the difference between these tow incidents?
    During the attack on Benghazi, they were REFUSED troops that could have gotten there during the SEVEN hour assault.
    Japan threatened the entire Pacific Ocean, on September 11, 2012, only that Consulate was threatened. Still missing the difference here?

  • Anonymous

    Like the trolls Scientific and Thorstein, socialist APES [American Public Educators] infesting our schools have poisoned the minds of two generations of American kids, filling our nation with human ‘worker bees,’ replacing honor, personal responsibility, respect, charity, shame and other facets of Integrity that once chacterized American Leadership, with greed, hatred, lust, selfishness, sloth and other facets of Dumbth, steadily and rapidly bringing the Free World to its knees. Recreational drugs like opium have dulled Asia, as alcohol, tobacco and hemp have dulled everyone else.

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  • Anonymous

    If I recall correctly, the President wanted to respond to chemical weapons attacks in Syria with military force and people such as Glenn Beck and much of the Republican Party vehemently objected.

    Benghazi is the dumbest fake scandal I don’t even…

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  • Anonymous

    Bravo, sir!

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    There were U.S. 343 civilians and 78 Army nurses in the Philippines on Dec 8, 1941.

    Doubtless if Fox News, Glenn Beck and Darrell Issa were around during the Second World War no risk would be too much, no number of lives expended would matter

    to satisfy the Armchair Generals.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    I absolutely loath Hillary Clinton and have no intention of voting for her if she runs for President.

    Those Americans were in a dangerous place and their deaths were unfortunate. I’m not prepared to be an armchair general on what the President and the military should have done. I don’t think you would refrain from your attacks if there had been another Blackhawk Down scenario weeks before an election. I doubt it.

    The worst that can be said is the President assessing the situation in the context of the upcoming election made a cautious decision not to risk lives in a rescue operation and his reelection on the questionable possibility that his actions could have saved lives.

    Now let’s revisit the cover up of the murder of Pat Tillman….

  • Todd A Scheller

    Your memory needs refinement.

  • Todd A Scheller

    ARMY NURSES. Not too smart are you.
    Murdoch was 14 at the time of the END of WWII. So no, Fox News did not exist then. Kennedy was dead by the time Beck was born. Issa was born eight years after WWII.
    Bataan was an act of WAR by a belligerent country. Who did Benghazi again? Still want to stick comparing Apples and Oranges?

  • Yuri Ivanovich

    If those murdered were family members of democrats they might attempt to co-operate. But since they insist that there is nothing to see in this case, it proves they’re hiding something really bad.

  • Yuri Ivanovich

    The US had spent $5 billion to get an illegal government put in place in the Ukraine. Yes the US/EU are behind this murderous uprising. Not Russia.

  • Yuri Ivanovich

    It’s also against federal law to aid radicals with taxpayer money. Although the US is doing it again with the Ukraine.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    What exactly are you afraid of that you can neither address me directly in a response or respond specifically to something I said rather than denigrate me in a series of slurs?

    I am an American just as you. If you can’t carry on a discussion without resorting to insults you have conceded your point.

  • Bill Tilghman

    You are off topic, however I have this to say to you, Yuri.

    There is no rational justification for the presence of Spetznaz agitators in Ukraine and their continued efforts to destabilize the country amount to an invasion of sovereign territory. Let the Russians withdraw and de-mobilize by retreating from the proximal territory they occupy on the Ukraine border, and do it post haste. Allow the real citizens of Ukraine to determine their own future and tell the Russians to stay out of their business.

    Anyone who has been injured or killed during this “murderous uprising” has the head of the former KGB to credit with that. The US is not occupying Ukraine – that is Russian troops masquerading as “national guard” in unmarked Russian military uniforms, using Russian weapons and tactics to steal Ukraine’s citizens rights and land.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Then you are a blind man, Thorstein. We do not leave our people to face hostile attackers without some means of either fighting back or evacuation. This deal stinks on ice. It is a dereliction of duty on the part of The President and his Secretary of State. They were nowhere to be found in this country’s hour of need. and that is a national disgrace as well as criminal negligence.

  • Bill Tilghman

    You are not qualified to armchair or otherwise general this situation. You lack the requisite experience and compassion to do the job. Those men died because the people in authority failed to act, or worse, they had no intention of acting.

    The select committee will determine which is the case. This article isn’t about discussing this issue anyway, it is about liberals making an attempt to downplay and distract the people from asking questions that may have answers that will implicate the two main authorities in this deal do not want to have made public. They have done everything to turn this into a public relations deal so they can squirm out from under the spotlight and escape prosecution. They will fail. This event has it’s own unfailing momentum and it will be resolved. The democrats do not want that to happen because it will mean an end to liberal political power.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Off topic again and not even close to reality.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Not even close, and it was the Battling Bastards of Bastogne. Bataan was known as the Bataan Death March and was not even in the same hemisphere. Your knowledge of history is abysmal.

  • Bill Tilghman

    You are an idiot, Thorstein.

  • Bill Tilghman

    If you lie to the wrong people it is most certainly a crime. Perhaps you need to go back for some remedial morals training.

    We are going to find out the truth, even if they continue to lie.

  • Bill Tilghman

    if, if, if.

    You keep on proving you have no business claiming to be able to reason there, Thorstein. Stupid looks real good on you.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Speaking of the dumbest fake – here you are.

  • Bill Tilghman

    This person will not get the significance of a ball peen hammer even if hit in the head with it.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Only on wednesdays.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Big indifference. He failed to do his duty as Commander in Chief. He is officially a criminal due to his own negligence.

  • Anonymous

    Irony of ironies. If you remember, it was very briefly mentions where Syriagot the wmds from (hint: the same pols wanting to aid the AQ rebels in sSyria, were claiming those wmds didn’t exist in the country where Assad got them from.)
    Anyway, you go to YouTubeand find dozens of videos of someone firing chem weapons in Syria, but it was the FSA, not Assad.

  • Monet

    What about the families of the 5,000 dead soldiers we lost in Iraq over GOP lies ?

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