Lindsey Graham Silent About Discredited ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report That He Hyped


Talking Points Memo has the article Lindsey Graham Silent About Discredited ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report That He Hyped.

He told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week that the report filed by CBS News correspondent Lara Logan proved that “the story told by the administration about what happened in Benghazi doesn’t have an ounce of truth in it.”


If you follow the above link to the CNN transcript, Interview With Sen. Lindsey Graham, you will see the following exchange between Graham and Wolf Blitzer:

BLITZER: So even someone like Janet Yellen who’s been nominated to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve, you would hold up her nomination, the important work she needs to do in order to try to put pressure on the administration to make these people available?

GRAHAM: Yes.

BLITZER: Is that right?

GRAHAM: Yes. Why? Why? Because I just think we can’t live in a country when something bad happens, when there’s a national security failure, and the “60 Minutes'” piece and Erin Burnett, the media has done — a pretty good job basically of explaining to the fact — to the American people that the story told by the administration about what happened in Benghazi doesn’t have an ounce of truth in it.

This is the strongest piece of evidence I have seen on how much Lindsey Graham depended on the false CBS report.

See my previous post “60 Minutes” issues apology about Benghazi report, to see CBS’s retraction.  This is not the last we will hear about the CBS retraction.  I smell a rat even in the retraction.  If the CBS source explained away the discrepancy between what he was telling them and what he told his bosses at the time, you would think that CBS would seek comment from his bosses.  Furthermore, you would expect for them to have sought corroboration of their source’s story from his coworkers in Lebanon at the time.

When your source is telling you that when you fact check his story you will find discrepancies, that ought not make you feel comfortable with his upfront honesty.  That ought to make you wary, and cause you to dig much deeper.

When the CBS source told them that his bosses prohibited him from going to the embassy to try to help, you would certainly wonder why CBS would not make a big deal out of this prohibition.  There is a lot of information we are not getting, and Lindsey Graham is not helping.  He just does not have the talent (and skepticism) to do the investigative journalism that CBS missed.

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