State Department: “There Was NO Protest In Benghazi and We Never Linked Attack to Video”

Via the Flaming skull at AoSHQ,

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, two senior State Department officials gave a detailed accounting of the events that lead to the death of Amb. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. The officials said that prior to the massive attack on the Benghazi compound by dozens of militants carrying heavy weaponry, there was no unrest outside the walls of the compound and no protest that anyone inside the compound was aware of. In fact, Stevens hosted a series of meetings on the compound throughout the day, ending with a meeting with a Turkish diplomat that began at 7:30 in the evening, and all was quiet in the area.

Not invited to be in on the call was Fox News. Bret Baier told viewers on Special Report that FOX is usually included on such calls.

It’s likely the regime wanted to avoid awkward questions like this….

But asked about the administration’s initial – and since retracted – explanation linking the violence to protests over an anti-Muslim video circulating on the Internet, one official said, “That was not our conclusion.” He called it a question for “others” to answer, without specifying.

When asked about the initial but retracted explanation, “others” simply responded, “We’ve always been at war with Eastasia.”

“Others” can also be seen in this Heritage video by Ben Howe saying things initially that later had to be retracted.

The congressional hearing called by Chairman Darrell Issa to look into the Sept. 11 attack has turned into a partisan slugfest with each party reportedly accusing the other of “bad faith.”

Issa’s panel will hear testimony from three State Department officials involved with security procedure at U.S. diplomatic facilities, including Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy.

Lt. Colonel Andrew Wood of the Utah National Guard will also testify. Wood told ABC News that Stevens wanted a team of 16 Special Forces soldiers to stay with him in Libya past the scheduled end of their deployment date in August, but that the request was turned down by the State Deptartment. State has said it never received a request to extend that deadline and had other security teams in place to protect Stevens and other U.S. diplomats.

State Department officials held a classified briefing for House staffers from five committees on Tuesday regarding the Benghazi attack, according to congressional sources. The staffers came from the Appropriations, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

Issa’s committee was initially left off the invite list for the briefing, the congressional sources said.

But Issa did attend the session after speaking with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday and being told he could participate. Issa sharply questioned the State Department officials during the closed-door session, Hill sources said.

“Chairman Issa spoke on the phone with Secretary Clinton yesterday. Secretary Clinton told Chairman Issa about the briefing State officials would be giving today and said he was welcome to attend,” said Frederick Hill, Issa’s spokesman.

Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), an OGR member, said in an Oct. 2 letter that U.S. officials in Libya made “repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi” but were “denied these resources by officials in Washington.”

Now that it’s clear that the regime was engaging in a cover-up, a new American Crossroads ad asks, “what did the President know – and when did he know it?”:

The hearing on the security failures in Benghazi will begin at 12:00 est, and streamed live, here.

Witnesses

Ms. Charlene R. Lamb
Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Programs, Bureau of Diplomatic Security
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Eric Nordstrom
Regional Security Officer
U.S. Department of State

Lt. Col. Andrew Wood
Utah National Guard
U.S. Army

Ambassador Patrick Kennedy
Under Secretary for Management
U.S. Department of State

New Web Ad: There Are Two Paths

By the peerless Ben Howe for the Madison Action Fund:

In the words of Andrew Breitbart, “There are two paths,” which we must choose between in this election.

Which path will we choose? Will we choose individual freedom and the free market? Or will we choose socialism and a culture that expects government to take care of it? These are not pastel colors or shades of gray. These are two distinctly different choices with two distinct destinations.

Vote for America – Retire Obama.

Obama Camp Politicizes Big Bird in Over the Top Ad, PBS Says Knock it Off – Obama Staffer Says They’re “Reviewing Their Concerns”

The real news today is the pummeling Obama is taking in the polls — see Ace’s thunderdome for all the latest in  poll carnage that has ensued since last week’s debate, (which we now hear, Obama initially thought he won?!)..

Oh, and the election finance scandal now being picked up by the MSM, is another thing the Obama camp doesn’t want to talk about, as well as the Benghazi attack cover-up, not to mention  the pathetic news that the plant in Holland, MI that got $150M in taxpayer money to make Volt batteries has furloughed workers after failing to produce a single battery. The plant employed 200 workers who are now being placed on furlough. Two years after the ribbon cutting ceremony that Obama himself attended, (proclaiming how he was “putting GM back to work, and “saving Michigan”) the battery manufacturing is being shipped offshore to an LG plant in South Korea.

No, the big news today,  according to the Obama campaign is Mitt’s “War on Big Bird”. (Tee hee.)
This will come as a shock to Democrats, I’m sure – but there are more than a few of us out here, who have no use for Big Bird, or any of his muppet ilk, and never did. Yeah, I said it. I didn’t watch Sesame Street as a kid, and none of my six kids did, either. It wouldn’t bother any of us in the least to see Big Bird or his left-wing muppet gang go the way of the dodo. I also suspect that there are more than a few Sesame Street fans out there who have no problem with PBS being defunded. “Big Bird” is a 1 percenter – he’s part of a multi-million dollar industry and should be able to stand on his own without taxpayer help.
Surprisingly enough, while Team Obama pummels Romney for threatening to defund PBS, PBS isn’t playing along.

Via Michelle Fields, Sesame Street has asked that the video be taken down:

Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.

And via Sooper Mexican,  an Obama campaign staffer tweeted out this response:

It’s merely under consideration….because their pro-Big Bird stance is such a winner for them (and such an effective distraction from Obama’s colossal failures) they are willing to go against the wishes of the people they are ostensibly trying to defend.

It’s all part of Team Obama’s never-ending quest to secure the STUPID vote. That’s why President “Eye Candy” has gone out of his way to appear on Entertainment Tonight, The View, Letterman, etc…and now Nickelodeon, too.

(Mediaite) Nickelodeon’s news outfit Nick News is reportedly “disappointed” that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has declined to appear in the channel’s “Kids Pick the President” election special, which airs several weeks before the election.

“After numerous attempts by ‘Nick News’ to get former Governor Mitt Romney to participate in the special, his camp declined saying he was unable to fit it into his schedule,” Nickelodeon said in a press statement.

Last time I checked, “kids” can’t vote.

President Barack Obama will appear, however, having pre-taped his answers to kids’ questions at the White House. As a stand-in for official Romney responses to the kids’ queries, the channel will use archive video clips of the GOP candidate answering similar questions.

Kids can’t vote, but their parents can. And many of them will be watching with their kids.

His wife, for some reason, has practically become a permanent fixture over there – (“hey, mom! Michelle Obama’s on Nickelodeon, again!”) – just one more  reason to kick these shameless charlatans to the curb on Nov. 6.

(And Nickelodeon, too, unless they clean up their act.)

UPDATE:

The Right Scoop: Romney ZINGS Obama: You have to scratch your head when he spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: Side-splitting desperation: Obama runs attack ad starring Big Bird; Update: Axelrod beclowns himself

Linked by The Daley Gator, thanks!

Paul Ryan Calls Out Lib Reporter: Don’t “Stuff Words into Peoples’ Mouths” (Video)

Via Gateway Pundit, this is the kind of in your face bias our guys have to put up every day.

In an interview yesterday on ABC12 in Flint, Michigan, the reporter questioned Ryan about what he perceived to be the country’s “gun problem”.  Ryan answered him by saying this country has a “crime problem,” and proceeded to offer conservative solutions to inner city crime. The liberal reporter responded by sneering, “and you can do all that by cutting taxes?”

A slightly rattled Ryan replied, “those are yours (words) not mine.”

After his mic came off, Ryan said, “That’s kinda strange — trying to stuff words into people’s mouths.”

The reporter mumbled, “I don’t know if that’s strange….” and Ryan insisted, “you were trying to answer the question for me – I think that’s a little odd…” The reporter started stammering something in reply but was cut off.

It may seem odd to a fair minded person, but to the lib media it’s all in a days work.