Shameless liars

There does seem to be something going on here. The Washington Post’s fact checker in chief has for the second day in a row drawn attention to Obama White House lies, in this case in regard to the continuous denial that the attacks on the American embassies in Egypt and Libya were premeditated terrorist attacks rather than spontaneous demonstrations about some obscure film trailer shown on Youtube. He writes:

In any kind of confused overseas event, initial reports are often wrong. But the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed, including the ambassador, is a case study of how an administration can carefully keep the focus as long as possible on one storyline — and then turn on a dime when it is no longer tenable.

For political reasons, it certainly was in the White House’s interests to not portray the attack as a terrorist incident, especially one that took place on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Instead the administration kept the focus on what was ultimately a red herring — anger in the Arab world over anti-Muslim video posted on You Tube. With key phrases and message discipline, the administration was able to conflate an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Egypt — which apparently was prompted by the video — with the deadly assault in Benghazi.

Officials were also able to dismiss pointed questions by referring to an ongoing investigation.

Ultimately, when the head of the National Counterterrorism Center was asked pointblank on Capitol Hill whether it was a an act of terror — and he agreed — the administration talking points began to shift. (Tough news reporting — as well as statements by Libya’s president — also played a role.) Yet President Obama himself resisted using the ‘t’ word, even as late as Tuesday, while keeping the focus on the video in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

On Wednesday, however, White House spokesman Jay Carney acknowledged also that Obama himself believes the attack was terrorism — and so more than two weeks after the attack the Rubicon finally was crossed.

As a reader service, we have compiled a comprehensive timeline of administration statements, showing the evolution in talking points, with key phrases highlighted in bold. Many readers sent suggestions for this timeline, for which we are deeply grateful.

We will leave it to readers to reach their own conclusions on whether this is merely the result of the fog of war and diplomacy — or a deliberate effort to steer the storyline away from more politically damaging questions.

OK. Here’s this reader’s conclusion. They are shameless liars. I suspect there’s no one out there with a different conclusion.

Romney to Fact Check Obama’s Lies During Debates: This story now being reported begins:

Mitt Romney plans to turn himself into a one-man truth squad during the first presidential debate next week, casting President Barack Obama as someone who can’t be trusted to stick to the facts or keep his promises.

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19 Responses to Shameless liars

  1. Jarrah

    It’s funny how I can tell it’s a Steve Kates post by the title.

  2. Cold-Hands

    It is surprising that the WashPo is drawing attention to this; the MSM for the most part colluded with the White House in pushing the “Innocence of Muslims” cause despite credible evidence of prior warnings and obvious inadequate precautions by Obama’s administration.

  3. Someone remind me – how many Bouncing Bombs did it take before the Mohne dam blew? Wikipedia says five. (The Eder dam took two.)

    I can’t be sure, but if formerly friendly media outlets are starting to look askance at his doings, I think the dam wall is beginning to shift.

    And we’ve still got just over a month to go. Yes, I know that cuts both ways, but still… I like the new direction.

  4. Tom

    Once again, the real story is that the American public can’t trust the media to tell the truth. For two weeks, the liberal media aided and abetted a deliberate US government misinformation campaign.

  5. murph

    For some reason not even the centre right media can comprehend how deceitful these pinheads are. The WSJ was banging on about how it was scandalous that Bazza O didn’t know the national public debt figure. Pigs arse he didn’t. He also knows that he can bullshit all he wants and barely anybody will call him out on it.

  6. C.L.

    This is turning into a major scandal. When Bam cannot be protected by his guardians in the media – that is, in the debates, Romney should skewer the creep with a simple question: “Mr President, why did you lie?”

  7. Token

    That is the discredit lies Jarrah was peddling yesterday.

    All I say is I hope the WP continues to work with the White House to cover up on this matter, polls indicate the Republicans will control the congress in the next session and the relevant committees will go through this in detail.

  8. Ivan Denisovich

    By carefully calling into question the president’s veracity, Mr. Romney will have the opportunity to provide context: Mr. Obama doesn’t shoot straight because he can’t defend his record and has no agenda for the future except the status quo, stay the course.

    What exactly about the past four years do Americans like? And why would they want four more years like them? Mr. Obama knows how most Americans would answer these questions, which is why he is being so fast and loose with the truth. Mr. Romney’s job is to shine a light on this for voters.

  9. dover_beach

    Obama ought to lose the presidency simply on the weight of his performance on this issue. The lies, the narcissistic “It’s been a tough week”, all the way through to the graceless “bumps on the road”. Shameless, narcissistic, graceless liars, indeed.

  10. Alex Pundit

    Off-Topic but a really great new web site you should all check out, made by a guy sick of all the media spin and democrat-commissioned propaganda polls.

  11. dover_beach

    Wow, Alex. Looks like Romney will romp it in on those figures.

  12. Jarrah

    “The QStarNews poll works with the premise that the partisan makeup of the electorate 34.8 percent Republicans, 35.2 percent Democrats and 30.0 percent independent voters. Additionally, our model is based on the electorate including approximately 41.0 percent conservatives, 20.0 percent moderates and 39.0 percent liberals.

    Republicans are 89 percent conservative, 9 percent moderate and 2 percent liberal. Among Democrats, 3 percent are conservative, 23 percent are moderate and 74 percent are liberal. Independents include 33 percent conservatives, 49 percent moderates and 18 percent liberals.”

    Why are those more accurate than other polls’ assumptions?

  13. C.L.

    As Rove pointed out yesterday, both Obama and Romney are winning their bases and running even on that basis. The difference is that Romney is WAY in front with independents.

  14. Token

    Unskewed Polls explained:

    The problem is that the discussion (as happens only too often) is now being led by people who don’t understand the whole topic very well. So let’s just talk about this a bit. I promise to almost completely eliminate the math; believe it or not, people can learn to reason about statistics without learning the central limit theorem.

    …So what do you, as a lay reader, do? Well, you can work out a correction with algebra, but you’ll be pretty close if you assume that every percentage point you correct the distribution will change the results by one percentage point, too. So, if we have, say, Obama 53, Romney 45 and a D+8 sample, then we can look at a range of assumptions:

    D+ Obama 53 Romney 45
    D+8 53 45
    D+7 52 46
    D+6 51 47
    D+5 50 48
    D+4 49 49
    D+3 48 50
    D+2 47 51
    D+1 46 52
    even 45 53
    D-1 44 54

    Now, you’re ready to think for yourself. Do you really think turnout in Ohio will be 38 percent Democrat, 30 percent Republican? That was how it went in 2008, with the Lightworker in full cosmic wonder.

  15. Gab

    Vote for Me – I am The One Giving You the Free Phone

    Except it’s not free and not from The Big O.

    Shameless liars indeed.

  16. Token

    Truth & Obama, they’ve met but rarely cross paths:

    For example, Mr. Obama said at a Univision Town Hall on Sept. 20 that his biggest failure “is we haven’t gotten comprehensive immigration reform done.” The president then did what is second nature to him: He pinned the blame on Republicans. The problem with this excuse is that the Democrats controlled Congress by huge margins in the first two years of his presidency—and Mr. Obama never introduced an immigration bill or even provided the framework for one.

    In the same interview, Mr. Obama claimed that his Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning program was “begun under the previous administration.” This time it was ABC’s Jake Tapper correcting the record, pointing out, “it was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.

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