Trying to defend the White House Benghazi argument

Posted on October 15, 2012 by

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MSNBC host Martin Bashir made an odd comparison today, trying to invalidate criticism of the White House handling of fallout from the tragedy at the U.S. Benghazi consulate. The U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three others were killed in the violence.

It was initially blamed on violent protesters but a Libyan official said a short time later that it was a premeditated attack by terrorists. Still, U.S. officials maintained for days that a protest (that never occurred) against an anti-Muslim video was responsible.

Bashir referred to a statement which falsely claimed that a majority of Iran and its people were returning to normalcy. He said that was similar to claims that the Obama administration covered up the cause of the fatal rampage.

We were lost on this one. From the reports so far, it appears that the defense of the President and Vice President Joe Biden is that they were never informed by the State Department that a request was made for more security at the consulate.

We’ll wait for the several investigations currently under way to reach conclusions to see if respect for the facts was missing in this episode.

To contact MSNBC’s communications director,

lauren.skowronski@nbcuni.com