RUSH: We've got more on Benghazi. In fact, if I understand what I have here correctly, CBS News actually... I don't know if I'll use the word "colluded," but, gee, it's close to it. They actually helped Obama promote the notion that it was a video that led to the Benghazi attack when Obama had told them during a Steve Kroft 60 Minutes interview on September 12th that it was a terror attack.
CBS had that video all this time and never used it until recently, until Friday night on the CBS Evening News a week ago. But they had it September 12th. Obama was not blaming the video. They had Obama talking about how it was a terror attack.
She had a great show last night. She had Trump on, and Rudy was great last night. Brit Hume was on the show last night. She asked him about the media, and Hume said (paraphrased), "Look, I was with the mainstream media for a long time, I was at ABC News, and they are not looking at this every day as, 'How can I help this candidate or how can I hurt that candidate?' They just look at Benghazi and they just don't see anything interesting there.
"They probably look at the Benghazi story and say, 'How does this relate to the campaign? It isn't any big deal,'" and I'm sitting there pulling my hair out. How do you say that? Don't they mean the same thing? If you're looking at the Benghazi story with the mainstream media and you don't see anything that relates to the campaign, are you not obviously in the tank for Obama? Or maybe not obviously, but where is this notion that we're not looking at stories that...?
I hate disagreeing with Brit Hume. I mean, he knows what he's talking about, he was part of 'em, but it was hard for me to digest. Now with the CBS stuff today, there's one other story in the Stack in here that indicates the media is doing what they can to help Obama. And what they can to hurt Romney. We had a Brian Williams interview with Obama and he doesn't even bring up Benghazi! I guess we would be told, "Well, they just don't think it's a story, Rush."
Here we are with two weeks to go in the campaign and they just don't see Benghazi as a story? Why? Why isn't at terrorist attack...?
RUSH: I watched Condoleezza Rice. Condoleezza Rice was on Greta last night. In ten minutes she didn't say anything. Perfect diplomacy! She didn't say a word. Greta gave her every opening. (paraphrased exchange) "Okay, you're a former secretary of state. How would it happen? You got the attack going on, you've got the video, people are watching it in real time, and...?"
"Well, you know, it would go through many different agencies and people, and it would go through very many timelines. Protocols would have to be followed. The protocols were followed and the agencies were looking at this, some really well-intentioned people in there. The State Department's made up of people that really care. They'll get to the bottom of this, but clearly there's a problem."
"Okay, well, do you think maybe there's something that could have been done to prevent the deaths of the ambassador and the others?"
"It's always bad when we lose ambassadors. It's really a shame when that happens. We always mourn the loss of Americans -- ambassadors or military or whatever. But the protocols were followed, or maybe they weren't in some cases. But we'd have to look at it protocols, look at the various agencies involved."
It went on for ten minutes. Now, she's a perfect diplomat. I mean, she spoke for ten minutes and didn't say anything. She stood by the overall integrity of the State Department writ large. She didn't rip anybody in there. Perfect, perfect diplomacy. The role of a diplomat is never to solve anything. If you solve something, then you got no job. It's also the role of a bureaucrat. The problem is never solved.
It's also the role of the race industry. The Reverend Jackson? The worst thing that could happen to him is if everybody's perception was that the race problem was fixed. That'd be the worst that could happen. Anyway, this is what I mean. We're all over the place on this program today, folks. It's a scatter-shot, shotgun approach. But this Colin Powell business is what it is now. (interruption)
The White House answered my show yesterday? What did the White House do? (interruption)Well... Oh, oh. Those e-mails? (interruption) Yeah, Hillary also... Did you hear what Hillary said? (paraphrased) "Well, you know, any terror group can go on Facebook and say that they did something. That doesn't mean that it happened. We need to look at the protocols and then at the various agencies and then we have to look at the timeline and then we have to examine the credibility of all the people.
"Just because it's on Facebook doesn't mean anything." But whatever's on YouTube, go with it! A YouTube video, by God, by golly, that's it. "But what's on Facebook? You can't trust that. Anybody can go on Facebook." That was Mrs. Clinton yesterday.
RUSH: Now, I mentioned at the top of the program, I watched Brit Hume last night on Greta. Brit was with ABC for a long time, part of the mainstream media, and he said reporters do not look at stories and say, "How can covering that or not covering that help or hurt a candidate." The Benghazi story, they just look at it, and they don't see how it relates, Greta, to the presidential race, the election two weeks from now. They don't see Benghazi as a big deal. It's not that they think they can protect Obama or hurt Romney. They just don't see it's a story. Okay, so he said that. I was scratching my head when he said it.
Then we've come to find out something very interesting about this Benghazi business. There was an interview, CBS did an interview with Obama on September the 12th, one day after Benghazi, and in that interview Obama acknowledged that it was a terror attack. But CBS kept that. In the interview that was broadcast, they edited that out, because all the while Obama was blaming a video. And so the thought is that CBS was helping Obama spread the notion that it was a video when they had him on tape saying it was a terror attack. The firestorm that has resulted in the second debate, Candy Crowley, as Obama's debate partner, discussing the fact that Obama had called it a terror attack, but as far as anybody knew, he hadn't. But he had.
So let's go to the audio sound bites. I mean, I think this is big, because as I said yesterday, watching the news media reporting on Benghazi has been akin to watching Woodward and Bernstein help Nixon cover up Watergate. That's the best analogy I can come up with. The fact that CBS edited out Obama's comments about the Benghazi attack, when their interview was done the day afterwards and the interview was aired when Benghazi was the biggest thing in the news, tells me that CBS was actively helping with the cover-up from the start.
Now, in the clip that CBS left out, when they aired the interview with Obama on 60 Minutes, Obama said to Steve Kroft, "You're right, this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. My suspicion is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start." Obama said this the next day. Now, leaving aside how bizarre it is for Obama to call these murderers "folks" -- have you noticed he does that? These folks, us folks, your folks. If I were Bill O'Reilly I'd sue him 'cause O'Reilly owns the "folks" term. But here's Obama appropriating it all over the place, even referring to the murderers as the folks.
Leaving aside how bizarre that is, it's clear he was saying this is a terror attack targeting Americans from the start. It was not like the spontaneous demonstrations against the embassy in Cairo. So he told CBS it was not a demonstration that went out of hand. They had that on tape and they didn't air that for over two weeks. So here's what we've got. Friday night, CBS Evening News. It's a portion of David Martin, the national security correspondent, report about what Obama said about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi and when he said it.
MARTIN: Shortly after he spoke to State Department employees about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, President Obama sat down with Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes for a previously scheduled interview.
OBAMA: How's it going, guys?
MARTIN: It had been about 14 hours since the attack, and the president told Kroft he did not believe it was due simply to mob violence.
OBAMA: You're right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt, and my suspicion is that there are folks involved in this who were looking to target Americans from the start.
RUSH: He told Kroft that in an interview on September 12th. They didn't air that. They edited that out of 60 Minutes. That did not air. Now, remember, Susan Rice from the regime's staff, UN ambassador, she went out and said that what happened in Benghazi was an offshoot of what happened in Cairo. The protests in Cairo started the protests in Benghazi, which got out of hand, which led to the four deaths. She said that a week later. Days before she said that, Obama told CBS News it wasn't that. It had nothing to do with Cairo. It was people targeting Americans. CBS sat on that. All the while Obama is out blaming this on a video. They had him on tape saying this, and they didn't air it. Here's what did air. September 12th, CBS 60 Minutes. This is from the website. They posted online portions of an interview between Steve Kroft and Obama, and during a discussion about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Kroft and Obama had this exchange.
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: Right. As I said, we're still investigating exactly what happened. I don't want to jump the gun on this, but you're right that this is not a situation that was exactly the same as what happened in Egypt. And my suspicion is is that 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 that our embassies are secured around the world, and then we are gonna go after those folks who carried this out.
RUSH: The folks, gonna go after the folks who carried this out. Are we making too big a deal out of this? I don't think so. He didn't once blame the video in the 60 Minutes interview, not in this section, anyway, with Steve Kroft. So my only question here is: "Why did CBS sit on it?" He's out there blaming the video for how many days? It was eight or nine days, and six different references to it in one speech at the UN, and they had him on tape. And then at the Candy Crowley debate it comes up and they still didn't reveal what they knew! I don't know why they revealed it Friday night. Their national security correspondent, David Martin.
That's how we know this happened. CBS eventually came clean with this, but it was last Friday (that's six days ago) on the CBS Evening News. If it weren't for CBS, we wouldn't know what CBS was told. It's very, very strange. By the way, this admission here comports with... Remember that McClatchy article that I mentioned last week?
It reported that a review of briefing transcripts and administration statements showed that immediately after the attack, "senior Obama [regime] officials strongly alluded to a terrorist assault and repeatedly declined to link it to an anti-Muslim video..." Remember that McClatchy story we had? This confirms that. You want to talk about deception, misdirection, protection, shielding and so forth? This has it all. Every bit of it.
RUSH: Now, folks... (chuckles) Here I am "folks." Ladies and gentlemen, there's one thing more about this. Obama been taking royal heat for having it assumed that he never called this a terror attack, when he did. Well, he didn't use the words, but he knew it wasn't the video, and he knew it was not a protest. Okay? He knew that. He admitted that to CBS on September 12th. But in the ensuing days, Jay Carney is out there blaming the video. Barack Obama is blaming the video. Susan Rice is blaming the video.
Meanwhile, Obama knows it ain't the video.
CBS knows it ain't the video.
Then the second debate comes up, and Obama then tries to say, "I always called it a terrorist attack," but nobody at CBS comes forth with this. In other words, Obama had the evidence that would have helped him refute the charge that he wasn't calling it terrorism. He had this; CBS had it. They coulda called on it at any time. They could have sunk Romney with this. They didn't. Why?
There is an answer.
And that's why you listen to me, because I, El Rushbo, have the answer. It is abundantly clear to me that this was, without question, a political calculation to pretend that this was not a terrorist attack until after the elections (for whatever convoluted political reasons), and I think it is related to Obama being the giant Al-Qaeda slayer. He took out bin Laden. It's one of his campaign themes: "Al-Qaeda's on the run!"
I think it was a political calculation that they weren't gonna reveal this was a terrorist attack until after the elections, if even then. They knew. They thought that with the help from their media friends, like CBS, they could get away with it. And they still might. I mean, even though CBS put it out there, I don't know to how many people this might matter to now because it's gotten so colluded.
But Jay Carney, on September the 14th, constantly said that the Benghazi attack had nothing to do with the Obama administration, or American policy or anything like that. It was strictly about the video! Carney was naked out there on this. So was Susan Rice and any number of administration people, including Obama himself. So it is clear to me a political calculation had been made that prior to Election Day in no way, shape, manner, or form was it going to be permitted to be concluded that this was terrorism.
This was a bunch of angry, decent Muslims who were worked into a frenzy over an American-made video. The political calculation was that there were votes to be had in that story, that there were gains to be made by Obama. But if it came out that it was terrorism, Obama would be hurt, because he'd supposedly ended terrorism. There wasn't any terrorism. And by the way, we were now loved.
Libya loved us! How could this happen? We couldn't allow a terrorist attack in Libya where we just got rid of Khadafy. They should love us now. If only they spent the same amount of time tracking down the people who did this and killed the ambassador instead of covering it up. You know, the energy they have expended covering this up, if they would have just used the same amount to track down the people who did it...
In fact, we know who did it. It's a former Gitmo resident who was let out! The guy is all over the Middle East on television doing appearances on their versions of the Oprah show over there and their versions of The View. This guy's all over Middle East television bragging about being the brains and the leader behind the terror attack.