***UPDATE: NBC’s senior White House correspondent joined the chorus Wednesday. On his MSNBC show, “The Daily Rundown,” Chuck Todd looked into the camera and said, “Attention White House: Release all the emails.” The headline has been updated to add NBC.
Assuming they are the ones who leaked to CNN an email written by Ben Rhoades (a Deputy National Security Advisor close to the President), the White House might have been too clever by half Tuesday. An act that was obviously meant to pour water on the Benghazi fire started by an ABC News report, has only ended up being gasoline. Now both CNN and ABC have joined conservative media in calling for the White House to release all the emails surrounding the editing of the CIA talking points.
Friday, in a bombshell report that blew the long-simmering Libya scandal wide open and right into the arms of the mainstream media, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reported that an email written by Rhoades specifically mentioned the State Department’s concerns about the CIA talking points. Here is how Karl transcribed the Rhoades’ email:
We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation. We thus will work through the talking points tomorrow morning at the Deputies Committee meeting.
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Imagine for a moment if the tables were turned and a Republican president had issued an order that permitted the killing of American citizens with drones.
The country would go gonzo.
Liberals would be screaming at the tops of their lungs about the president’s intentional violation of due process and civil rights.
Liberals would be demanding the president be charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Jesse Jackson and Al Not-So-Sharpton would be lisping their ebonic mumbo-jumbo that the policy and the president are racist and bigoted. They would organize protest marches in front of the White House, where they would burn effigies of the president.
The Huffington Post would run headlines such as: ”President wants to kill Americans” or “The butcher-in-chief.”
Red-faced with anger, Michael Moore would devour another dozen or so donuts, feign personal hygiene and then start his movie camera.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer would sling all kinds of slurs and disparaging remarks at the president and claim he is usurping his authority. They would encourage Americans to revolt.
The “99-percenter” crowd of intentionally unemployed Americans would move into Lafayette Park across the street from the White House, where they would pitch their tents and refrigerator boxes, ingest massive amounts of mind-altering chemicals and then try to storm the gates of the White House.
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MSNBC is not exactly the place you would expect to hear agreement on this statement about the Fiscal Cliff bill that President Obama will sign into law: “This is a bad bill that made a bad situation worse.”
Those were the words from Richard Haass on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” heard early on Wednesday morning. Oddly, there was virtually no disagreement with that statement. Haass, a career diplomat and the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, also went deeper on his criticism of the bill:
“You’ve got to ultimately deal with entitlements, this did nothing. You’ve got to deal with economic growth, this did nothing. The only thing it did was avoided sending a signal that we really are reckless and out of control.”
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In the immediate aftermath of the Connecticut elementary school shooting in Newtown, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell was quick to bring up gun control, lamenting that there doesn’t seem to be enough of it.
Before any facts of the shooting were known (such as what type of gun was used or even the mental state of the shooter), Mitchell rattled off gun control issues championed by the left:
“When we talk about gun violence in this country, we’re not talking about Second Amendment rights. We’re talking about…reasonable background checks, reasonable controls, automatic weaponry and ammo, the multiple rounds that cause the greatest amount of violence. … Gun violence has been epidemic in this country going back decades. And we go through temporary periods…where we have an assault weapon ban, and then it is permitted to expire, David.”
But in what might shock some, colleague David Gregory threw some cold water on her hot comments, cautioning her to wait until more information was available.
“We know the contours of this debate, and it will get heated after an appropriate period of mourning and absorbing this tragedy. But it is worth adding all sides of the debate,” he cautioned. “We don’t know what the motive is here. We don’t know more about the shooter. We don’t know about the weapon involved. What we know is this is another horrible case of gun violence.”
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