CNN’s reporting using Ambassador Chris Steven’s journal was correct [Darleen Click]
When the State Department is ratcheting up its rhetoric to eleven it’s time to take a look at why …
CNN reported on the personal journal of slain American ambassador Christopher Stevens over objections from his family, a State Department spokesman said Saturday.
The news channel, in a story posted online Saturday, said that it found a journal belonging to Stevens four days after he died in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Three other Americans also were killed.
CNN broke a pledge to the late ambassador’s family that it wouldn’t report on the diary, said State Department spokesman Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In a blistering statement, Reines called CNN’s actions “indefensible.”
The channel said in the story online that it took “newsworthy tips” from Stevens’ diary and confirmed them with other sources. Citing an unidentified source “familiar with Stevens’ thinking,” CNN said that the ambassador was concerned about security threats in Benghazi and a “rise in Islamic extremism.” [...]
The public has a right to know what CNN learned from “multiple sources” about fears and warnings of a terror threat before the Benghazi attack, the channel said, “which are now raising questions about why the State Department didn’t do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel.”
CNN’s reporting was not of salacious nor irrelevant gossip from a personal diary, but of seven pages of direct, work-related observations and opinions of Chris Stevens. Now Hillary’s advisor is blasting CNN “for the family”?
“Whose first instinct is to remove from a crime scene the diary of a man killed along with three other Americans serving our country, read it, transcribe it, email it around your newsroom for others to read” and then call the family?” Reines asked. [...]
In its online story, CNN said it found the journal on the “floor of the largely unsecured consulate compound where he was fatally wounded.”
Why is this described as a “crime scene”? This smacks of the same obscenity as describing Nidal Hasan’s jihadist murder of 13 Americans as “workplace violence.”
Since the area was not secure, should the person who stumbled across the journal left it there? Puh-leese.
Asked to comment on CNN’s report that Stevens was concerned about a “hit list,” Reines referred to a news conference last Thursday at which Clinton was asked about it.
“I have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there’s any basis for that,” Clinton had said.
Hillary is either lying or so incompetent in the running of her own department she needs to resign immediately. Not that she’ll be fired. Even people shown to be law-breakers get to keep their jobs under The One.
And that’s the motivation of the full-court press against CNN. The Obama administration will not be shown as the fools they are. CNN slipped the leash and must be punished.
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