October 24th, 2012
11:38 PM ET

Doubts surface over e-mail on claim of responsibility for Benghazi attack

By CNN's Tim Lister and Paul Cruickshank

The often fiercely political debate over who knew what - and when - about the September 11 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi has taken another turn with the disclosure of a series of e-mails sent from the State Department on the night of the attack.

But the most explosive of the e-mails - which were released late Tuesday - may have been inaccurate, a "spot report" on a rapidly evolving and highly confusing situation.

The disclosure of the e-mail has given new life to the already fevered debate over when the Obama administration learned that the attack was more than a protest that turned deadly but was the work of terrorists.

The e-mail carried the subject line: "Update 2: Ansar al Sharia Claims Responsibility For Benghazi Attack." The message said: "Embassy Tripoli reports the group has claimed responsibility on Facebook and Twitter and has called for an attack on Embassy Tripoli."

That message was sent to a wide range of federal offices, including the FBI, from the State Department at 6:07 p.m. ET on September 11 - seven minutes into September 12 in Libya. At that time, the attack on the consulate was ongoing, and the subsequent assault on the annex building, in which two more Americans would be killed, had not begun.


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Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and two other Republicans in the Senate wrote Wednesday to Obama, saying: "These emails make clear that your Administration knew within two hours of the attack that it was a terrorist act and that Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan militant group with links to Al-Qaeda, had claimed responsibility for it."

However, an examination of the known Facebook and Twitter accounts of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi reveals no such claim of responsibility. Aaron Zelin, a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, tracks dozens of jihadist websites and archives much of what they say. He told CNN he was unaware of any such claim having been posted on the official Facebook page or Twitter feed of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi.

Zelin, who said his RSS feed sends him any new statement from the group, provided CNN with a copy of that feed. It shows no Facebook update between September 8 and September 12, when a posting late that afternoon first referenced the attack. Zelin notes that the posting referred to a news conference the group had held earlier that day in Benghazi in which it denied any role in the assault on the consulate, while sympathizing with the attackers.

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Accompanying a posting of the news conference on YouTube, a commentary says that the attack on the consulate was "a wave of rage for Allah and his Prophet, it came from the Muslim youths."

The posting continues: "Ansar al-Sharia brigade did not officially participate as a military body, nor received any orders directed from the brigade."

The group's Twitter feed tells the same story. The account, @anssarelshariea, bears the group's logo and a tweet on September 8 - and then nothing until four days later. And at no point is there a claim of involvement in or responsibility for the attack on the U.S. Consulate compound.

Perhaps the person who reported the claim of responsibility - and the threat against the consulate - was viewing another Ansar al-Sharia site, or one supportive of the group.

In the hours following such incidents, it is not unusual for "spot reports" from agencies and overseas posts to pour in to the State Department. They typically include intercepts, what's picked up on social media, witness accounts and what's being said by local officials. They often contain raw, unfiltered information that is then analyzed for clues, patterns and contradictions.

In the case of the Benghazi attack, there were plenty of contradictions. Such situations are frequently chaotic, with claim and counter-claim by witnesses unsure of what happened when, according to U.S. officials. Building a complete picture without access to first-hand-accounts and little visual evidence can be a major challenge to government experts working from thousands of miles away.

So too have been the attempts to pin down who represents Ansar al-Shariah and their movements on the night of the attack.

Wings of Ansar al-Sharia, which means "partisans" or "supporters of Islamic law," are based not only in Benghazi but in the Libyan town of Derna, east of Benghazi. The group's leaders in Derna are thought to include Abu Sufyan bin Qumu, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

A different Ansar al-Sharia is affiliated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen, and budding franchises are said to exist in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.

As Zelin wrote last month in Foreign Policy, the groups "lack a unified command structure or even a bandleader like the central al Qaeda command....They are fighting in different lands using different means."

Wherever they may be, members of Ansar al-Shariah are united by a shared outlook, one that is implacably anti-Western and in favor of the imposition of Shariah law across the Muslim world.

The description on the Ansar al-Sharia (Benghazi) Twitter feed proclaims: "The goals of Ansar al-Sharia brigade is to implement the laws of Allah on the land, and reject the human implemented laws and earthly made constitutions. There will be nothing ruling in this country other than the laws of Allah."

Zelin said he believes that the rise of the groups heralds the end of the dominance of global jihad by a single hierarchical organization such as al Qaeda - and returns the state of jihad to the jumble that characterized it during the 1990s.

"One key difference, however, is that jihadi groups are now more ideologically homogenous," Zelin wrote in Foreign Policy.

"In the 1990s, jihadis thought locally and acted locally, while many now talk globally and act locally."

CNN's Pam Benson contributed to this report

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  1. noreen

    Shame on CNN. Where have you been? Do you think we can't find other news outlets who do report the real news???
    You guys need to reset because it is obvious to most reasonably intelligent people that you cannot depend on CNN for the truth.

    May 7, 2013 at 5:11 am | Reply
    • mario

      CNN no longer hires news reporters. Its all commentary so you don't have to report real news. Why is CNN ignoring the new bengazi emails that show the white house lied to the American people? CNN doesn't even mention the fact that these emails were asked for a year ago and it took a freedom of information lawsuit to bring them to light. Your staff has no true reporters who are looking out for the public welfare. you may as well be collecting a paycheck from the Obama admin. so disappointed.

      April 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Reply
      • Christi Gardner

        So agree. All the news outlets have an agenda. But, when CNN ignores a story! that's too bad as they lose credibility..at least with the informed. Hopefully, they see that the public wants to see the whole story. I like CNN, but this is disappointing and will be channel surfing, for sure.

        April 29, 2014 at 11:49 pm |
      • Earl

        CNN everytime their is news in Washington that is could questions the administrations actions they ignore or give small sound bite. It appears they check with the administration before airing

        May 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm |
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    Why have you not reported on this since?
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    November 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  7. Ali

    CNN, you are NOT "the most trusted name in news"!! Do you not read any of the compaints?Your decision to blatantly ignore these complaints, and to go full speed ahead in pulling out all the stops just so that you, msnbc and other liberal mainstream media can literally drag Obama across the finish line. Your decision to not report on Obama's inconvenient truth on Libya before the election has absolutely disgusted me. Your network has tunnelvision and refuses to report what the truth is. Watch out cnn...you will be held accountable... The last time that I will view your network will be election day...Just to see you spin. I have as of two days ago switched over to viewing Fox news... P.S. You just had to bring in the big guns such as Gloria Steinem three days before election day to talk about birth control. You must be getting desperate CNN!

    November 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  8. dpcraig01

    I remember when CNN reporting was tops – dig until you reach the bottom of the story, never stop. what happened to you folks? Bengazi is so big to so many of us....but like Obama, you have become....small.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
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    November 2, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
  10. Grady jones

    Please do your job now. As a young man my country went to war, CNN was my source, I was rivitetd to your news organization.
    On September 11 2001 I was shocked horrified mad and proud of you and my country.
    This September 11 2012 four Americans died and we did nothing.
    Please do not dishonor these men any further with your silence!!!
    Thank god there is at least one news organization "fox".

    How do y'all sleep at night and call CNN a news organization!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • txvoter

      It's about time other news media besides Fox and The Blaze have the guts to report on the tragic Benghazi issue. You know, the NEWS, a responsibility of the news media. However, you've managed to "delay" the reporting and helped "downsize" the "complete" story. The Obama administration is pushing it until after the election, pushing it all under the rug and the left wing news reporters are happy to give Obama aid in doing so. Do your job, report the news, get off your personal Democratic agenda and let the Americans make their own informed opinions. By not reporting as you should, you are letting down those that were killed, the family and our country's security, Quit running out the clock and do your job–news reporting! You've finally made a start although a weak one.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:08 am | Reply
      • axexeda

        Well put my friend. CNN has declined so low in their duty to report facts on time.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:50 am |
  11. Mary-Anne

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    November 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  12. B Boyd

    Why is this story not a bigger issue with CNN? Why is the murder of our ambassador not a bigger story? Why do we not have answers six weeks after to crime? CNN is supposed to have investigative reporters finding out the truth in issues like this. What is CNN trying to hide? Why are the FOX News reporters the only ones asking the tough questions? I have tried to be supportive of your coverage but find the blatant back turning on our American Heroes protecting our country disgraceful and disgusting.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
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      November 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • John H. Harris

      The Tragedy of Benghazi and Its Cover-Up
      Will It Be Obama’s Waterloo?
      Will It Derail His Re-Election Train?

      I believe the simple answer is yes, I think it will!

      The sacrifice of our people in Benghazi, and the handling of its aftermath by the President and his top people has been a heavy blow to the American people.

      They will need to place blame to begin the healing process, and placing that blame where it belongs will result in changed minds and changed votes.

      If Mr. Obama loses on Nov 6th, he won’t have far to look to place another kind of blame.

      Here’s Why

      When the full picture of “Benghazi” surfaces it will hit home hard and we will feel ashamed and embarrassed for the actions, inactions and incompetence of people we trusted to insure the safety of our Diplomatic details overseas.

      A review of recent testimony before Congress makes it abundantly clear that the Obama Administration had priorities in Libya that they deemed more important than the safety of our people. Because they were not a priority, their many “cries for help” and support were ignored, turned down or buried by bureaucrats and in the end, four brave souls were sacrificed to the Administration’s failed policies and improperly placed priorities.

      Chis Stevens not only lost the fight for what he needed from Washington, he and three others paid the ultimate price for that loss with their lives. Shame on you Washington and shame on us if we don’t get to the bottom of this mess, right the ship, and set a new course.

      Putting things into perspective: While national issues like the debt, the deficit, income, wealth, taxes, employment, and health care are certainly important, most mistakes in these areas are not fatal. Errors in Strategic Foreign Policy, National Security, Rules of Engagement, our posture to the world, and the protection of our citizens everywhere are matters of life and death, and unfortunately in this case, they led to death in Benghazi.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
      • Grady jones

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        November 2, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • John H. Harris

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      1st National Security Accomplishment?

      He personally banned the words Terrorism, Terrorist, Jihad, Jihadist, Extremist, Muslim and Islam from the text of his 2009, 60 Page National Security Strategy Statement. (Source Fox News)

      Presidents Bush and Obama Differed Greatly in their
      Initial Responses to the Respective 911's

      A review of the White House Transcripts of initial public responses from Presidents Bush and Obama on the 9/11 attacks that occurred on their respective watches reminds us of the stark differences between the two men, how they view themselves and the world, how they react to crisis and how they communicate to the American people. Comparing the two we see that:

      President Bush, painted by his opponents to be the dumbest President in American history, delivered a “Presidential” address to the Nation from behind his desk in the Oval Office. An address that correctly informed us that the attacks were “Terrorist Attacks” committed by “Terrorists”. He was very reassuring as our Commander-in-Chief and only took 402 words to do it. There was transparency and no questions of a cover-up.

      By contrast, President Obama, the smartest President in American history, according to the President himself and his minions, used a garden setting to deliver a well-crafted, but emotionless, "preacher like”, 800+ word address that was seen live and on YouTube, by 100's of millions around the world. A speech that again stressed style over substance and was crafted more to appeasing and apologizing to our enemies, than to consoling a shocked, saddened and angry nation.

      What we needed at that moment was not the oratory of a UN Secretary General, but straight talk from the leader of the free world. That leader was not in the house that day or in the weeks to come.

      And once in the 47 day since 9/11 has the President ever used the words “terrorism”, “terrorist”, Jihad, Jihadist, Extremist, Muslim or Islam to describe the tragedy that was Benghazi..

      And as a nation we were, and continue to be, left wondering whether the President really was clueless and out of touch with reality, or just not going to be straight with the American people before the election.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
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  16. John H.

    As of this morning (11/01), Fox is still unfolding new information concerning this issue that many of us deem important (myself included). I really need to write off CNN and just follow Fox as I have come to the realization that I am really getting extremely filtered news on this site. Something as important as another 9/11 that appears to have been preventable is not something I think of as “old news” and swept under the rug so quickly AND without providing us Americans with direct answers to so many unanswered questions.

    November 1, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Cagard

      That is exactly what I am doing! No wonder the media only has an 8per cent approval. They are in the same category as ambulance chasers and most politicians! It is a slimy group!

      November 1, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Active Duty Navy

      You nailed it John, and most of the others posting below on this issue of bias media coverage of the hard truths about our current administration. Most of the news on this site is filtered and channeled to focus a favorable view on CNN's own political agenda. I will tell you all something that I have noticed since this attack happened that I think is pretty substantial, the feeling around my peers here in the military is "uneasy" about this whole situation. When the president asks SEAL team six to kill Bin Laden they did it without question. When a SEAL is in trouble and asks his administration for military assistance, they tell him to "Stand Down." You see I don't require further answers now because the situation as it sits speaks for itself. So in a way Dave is also right. What more do you want to know? All the answers are already in plain sight. And if you still don't get it I will spell it out for you right here. They dropped the ball and four americans are dead because of it.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
      • John H. Harris

        In preparing for press conferences, press briefings and televised national debates reaching 100+ million worldwide it is inconceivable that Obama and Biden didn’t ask their respective “handlers” and debate prep teams, “where am I vulnerable and what do I say.”

        When President Obama 1st heard about Benghazi on 911 his 1st response was “get them out of there” but "how can we spin this?" I'd bet the farm, and the wife, that David Axelrod had the answer within hours after the attack started.

        While Obama and Clinton, with Jay Carney parroting, have promised to find and prosecute those who carried out the attack, they have said absolutely nothing about holding responsible those in the administration who were complicit in those deaths.

        We need the House or an independent prosecutor to get to the truth and for those complicit to be publicly shamed and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

        Given all the broken promises, and the less than forthright way he has handled Benghazi, how can we trust anything the President says or promises in his campaign to get reelected?

        November 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • SGT Larabee

        Have you seen the poster or website?
        http://www.examiner.com/article/facebook-suspends-special-ops-group-benghazi-post-deemed-damaging-to-obama
        specialops2012.com facebook is in the tank for our commander in chief too.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
      • Jim L

        I replied to wrong post.
        Have you seen the poster or website?
        http://www.examiner.com/article/facebook-suspends-special-ops-group-benghazi-post-deemed-damaging-to-obama
        specialops2012.com facebook is in the tank for our commander in chief too.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Jim L

      I remember when CNN was a real news network. Kind of sad when they have gone.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • txvoter

      That's true. If you want ACCURATE, COMPLETE, THOROUGH news reporting, tune in to FOX news. The others want to "censure" what's reported to the American people in support of Obama. I'm an Independent voter and cast my vote based on "accurate" information (including FACT CHECKING) and based on my views concerning political issues. Fox has been the only news station that has supplied the facts and fact checking of the presidential candidates. Funny that Romney has proved to be by far more truthful than Obama. He may have sounded good in the last two debates, but if you'd checked the facts you'd find Obama should have a nose two feet long!!

      November 2, 2012 at 3:14 am | Reply
  17. Christie

    Hello? CNN? Are any responsible journalists with a conscience there?? Why aren't you covering the news on the Benghazi incident? You are only hurting yourselves by this blatent, obvious and indefensible bias toward an agenda!!

    November 1, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
  18. Sharon Walker

    Where are the Super PACs when you need them. If Romney is concerned about losing independents, and the White House won't respond to any of our elected officials; why doesn't a Republican Super PAC put out a final five days ad blitz with facts about Benghazi?

    November 1, 2012 at 1:49 am | Reply
  19. ab

    Does anyone at CNN read the posts here? Why don't they ask the hard question? Americans are angry with CNN and other news agencies who look the other way when it comes to Obama.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:30 am | Reply
  20. Sgt. Larabee

    It is good to see how many intelligent people are upset about CNN coverage on this issue. After Sec. Clinton took responsibility for this mess, President Obama stated he had responsibility for this mess, then says it has nothing to do with the election. Well that is for the electorate do decide and them alone. Taking responsibility means accepting consequences. You can not do former without the latter.

    Well again, thanks for your concern. I remember when I thought CNN was a great new organization. LOL, yeah I am that old.

    October 31, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • Stanley Muhr

      Very well said!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:15 am | Reply
  21. dave

    People care less about Ben Ghazi than Ben Cartright.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • jim

      No, the people care, just CNN and other Obama media refuse to ask question before the election.

      October 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  22. jake

    Cut the Red Tape on this Obama!
    obama and his administration is stonewalling the American public.

    We have a right to know what really happened – before the election not after.

    October 31, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • dave

      Funny how you say "before the election and not after." Watch how fast Fox "News" drops the subject after Obama wins the election.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
      • jake

        you don't wonder what happened dave?
        Don't you think if obama was a hero he would or someone in his circle would be screaming it from the rooftops. Good grief -this is the man who 'got osama'.
        And now all we get it that I have provided information as it has become known. BS.

        so you are basically saying that you will vote for obama no matter if he is a hero or an incompetent fool. That it does not matter to you, its obama over everything else.

        You are part of the problem dave.

        October 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  23. john

    I can't believe you would fail to investigate this story. Your bias to prop up Obama at any cost. It's gotten to the point it makes me sick to my stomach. There goes your credibility with me.

    October 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • dave

      Benghazi happened over a week ago. Everyone but Fox "News" has moved on.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
      • joe white

        4 dead americans and nothing was done to save them and you say move on. Shame on you!!

        October 31, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  24. dave

    profoundly dissapointed there has been no looking into this story. you all wonder why we are leaving you for fox!

    October 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • dave

      Bye

      October 31, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  25. tdillard

    CNN, what a complete and utter disappointment you have become. If one party and its favored network is falsely reporting a Libya scandal to make our President look bad, this is huge news to be investigated and covered. If what they are saying is true, then this is big news and needs to be covered. There is no middle ground here. If you are this much in the tank for one party over another, then you have crossed the line from honest journalism to dishonest propaganda.

    October 31, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  26. Mike

    Again, why is CNN not reporting anything on Benghazi?

    You can't call yourselves responsible journalists if you don't report on one of the biggest stories of the day!

    Woodward and Bernstein would not have ignored this. You should be ashamed!!!!

    October 31, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • concettogroup

      The reporters from CNN have been told to "Stand Down".

      October 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  27. pmiller

    Why has CNN not posted an article since October 25th about the Benghazi incident. Do you all have any real reporters working at CNN who can get to the truth?

    October 31, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • dave

      That was last week. We've moved on.

      October 31, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  28. budj1950

    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724 Admin Guilty Of the murders. See why!

    October 31, 2012 at 1:43 am | Reply
  29. Sharon Walker

    Does anyone else find it disgusting that, during their debate, Joe Biden tried to chastise Paul Ryan for saying that Iran is closer to having a nuclear weapon because his administration has such amazing intelligence they will know immediately when Iran has a weapon. And yet, after six weeks, this same administration says they still don't know what happened in Bengazzi, when it has been confirmed that there are real time videos from drones and on the ground!

    October 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • John H. Harris

      Benghazi in “Real Time”:
      Realization of the Truth and The Birth of a Cover Up

      It’s inconceivable that Washington didn’t immediately know everything that they needed to know about Benghazi and the life and death situation our people were embroiled in to conclude that:
      1. It was a preplanned attack.

      2. It was carried out by terrorists.

      3. The attackers were well trained and probably battle seasoned

      4. The attackers were Extremists

      5. The Extremists were Muslim

      6. The Muslims Were Islamic

      7. The Islamists were on Jihad

      8. And concluded that: The attack on Benghazi was a terrorist attack by well trained and battle seasoned Muslim Extremists on an Islamic Jihad

      October 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • John H. Harris

      In preparing for press conferences, press briefings and televised national debates reaching 100+ million worldwide it is inconceivable that Obama and Biden didn’t ask their respective “handlers” and debate prep teams, “where am I vulnerable and what do I say.”

      When President Obama 1st heard about Benghazi on 911 his 1st response was “get them out of there” but "how can we spin this?" I'd bet the farm, and the wife, that David Axelrod had the answer within hours after the attack started.

      While Obama and Clinton, with Jay Carney parroting, have promised to find and prosecute those who carried out the attack, they have said absolutely nothing about holding responsible those in the administration who were complicit in those deaths.

      We need the House or an independent prosecutor to get to the truth and for those complicit to be publicly shamed and punished to the fullest extent of the law.

      Given all the broken promises, and the less than forthright way he has handled Benghazi, how can we trust anything the President says or promises in his campaign to get reelected?

      November 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
      • John

        Well articulated. Add to that...how can we trust anything CNN communicates after this "omission" to provide the public news information to derive an informed opinion? Apparently there must be a perception that these “journalist” are to do all our thinking for us. If this comment sounds sour – it is. I really take a very dim view of this important 9/11 topic being quelled from the news (with the exception of Fox). I would really like to hear more about this Benghazi incident – and from the perspective of more than one news outlet. As Americans looking to gain more insight, we obviously are not going to achieve this.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  30. John

    Why is it that we have to go over to Fox News to get more information about this disturbing issue? It seems that this SHOULD be important as this IS ANOTHER 9/11 attack in a real sense AND that could have been avoided. This is not a political topic, but possibly a very disturbing cover-up as an attempt to sweep another 9/11 attack under the rug.

    October 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • jlfliberty

      It is sad but true. CNN must be trying to cover for the administration. All I want is some in depth reporting, on my way to the next site.

      October 29, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
      • Watchcase

        Seriously CNN? I have to go back four days to get your "latest" on Benghazi? Your blackout of this does not help your credibility.

        October 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
      • CNN worthless

        The lack of any CNN updates on the US Embassy attack just confirms the CNN news editors and apparently its journalists are corrupt and lack integrity without a backbone to report on any news that may harm their Chosen One for POTUS. It's a pathetic but when the information dam breaks, they can still cling to their zero credibility.

        History will show that CNN was one of many media outlets that trashed the 1st Amendment-Freedom of the Press. Pat Caddell is 100% correct on his assessment of the pro-Obama media.

        October 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
      • L4yrsworstPresidentEver

        It is so clear to anyone that CNN is bias and covering up to president's cove up. The whole purpose of all these cover ups was that he thought it shows president's failures. I like to say that it didn't show his failures, it magnifies his lack of leadership.

        October 30, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • tdillard

      As a news junkie, I will say this for Fox – they report all the news. If they disagree with or think it is slanted, they will certainly slant themselves. But they still report news that is unfavorable to any position or candidate they have aligned with.

      October 31, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  31. alex

    It's an inside job. USA wants Libyan oil but don't have a premise to invade. now they have a premise to invade Lybia. Once again, a war over the lies told by the government. Next will be Iran

    October 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  32. Kyle

    *Demand Coverage of Benghazi – Melt Their Phones*

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    CBS # 212-975-4321
    NBC # 212-664-3720

    SHARE AND RE-POST !

    October 29, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
  33. Cagard

    Apparently, most media sources are ignoring our requests for honest journalism. Lets hit them where it hurts and they will pay attention. if CNN! etc. will not support our military and our country, we will not be supporting the sponsors of their programming. We need to flood these company sponsors, like Centrum, with emails to stop supporting biased news outlets. Lets use our writings toward that gain, instead of our pleas falling on deaf ears with CNN!! Guaranteed to work, if enough of us do it!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  34. jodyy

    shame on cnn and the rest of the driveby media for not covering the story, if there are no facts, it is because journalism has failed, their political agenda is to see this socialist in office again.......huge mistake....huge......i came only to cnn, HP etc to see if the media is really turning a blind eye to this unbeleivable selling of human lives.....in order to hide truths.......doesnt really matter all of the left swayed polls are now having to show the truth, the big bad media just isnt enough to save this (worst) prez of the us

    October 29, 2012 at 5:54 am | Reply
  35. Roger

    This presidential administration is in campain mode. The truth will come out, but only after the election. Any real information that can hurt this presidents chance of winning, will be blocked or sugar coated until then. If this president wins re-election, then the truth really doesn't matter, it's his last term anyway.
    Fast and Furious was beginning to threaten the campain. When Eric Holder was running out of stalling tactics, here comes the president to his rescue. Why ? What was Holder trying to keep Congress from seeing ?
    So much for the most transparent presidential adiministration ever. Wasn't that what the President said when he ran the first time ? Oh well, less than two weeks to go and maybe then we will all find out the truth about both Lybia and Fast and furious. Nothing for anyone to loose then if the truth comes out and it's not good news for this current president.

    October 29, 2012 at 4:16 am | Reply
  36. George Abbott

    The Libya incident is every military man's nightmare. Being sold out by a highly politiziced set of generals led by a completely incompetent and self focused presidential administration. Our watchdog press has becojme lapdogs and part of the President's political alliance. Bad time to be an honorable soldier, or diplomat for that matter, in service of your country.

    October 29, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply
    • Jeff D

      With all respect, I have yet to hear a SINGLE credible source named for any of the allegations that FOX News is making. I've heard "sources say" repeated about a dozen times in an hour, without once hearing one named; I've heard "sources on the ground in Benghazi" cited in print repeatedly, but again they remain totally anonymous.

      That simply doesn't get it, coming from a news outlet that has so obvious a political agenda.

      Why were all of these supposed sources totally quiet for over 6 weeks, and throughout Darrell Issa's highly public House Oversight Committee investigation? Why do we suddenly have a host of unnamed sources coming forward with unverified allegations, only a little more than a week before a historically important election?

      Personally, I have no desire whatsoever to see Rupert Murdoch's biased news outlet determine the outcome of a presidential election by, using highly questionable information from unnamed sources that may not even exist. We're apparently supposed to take the most critical elements of it entirely on faith, just because unnamed sources say so.

      October 29, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
      • marykreutz

        Nicely written. I agree. Murdoch should not be allowed to manipulate this tragic situation into a political gain for his own interests. Thank you for stating that.

        October 29, 2012 at 2:41 am |
      • oldfartguide

        Deaf ears can not hear. Any American that does not want to get the truth out about this horrible story is too blatantly partisan that they refuse to listen. Do you think MSNBC, who uses the Obama campaign slogan "Forward" in their own logo, is going to report this? The media isn't digging into this because it goes against the narrative they want. Do you think that the main stream media would be all over this if George W. was still Commander in Chief? You know the answer to that. If you as an American do not want answers to this then you need to spend some time looking in the mirror. There are ligitimate questions and the administration is not giving answers. In fact, it increasingly looks like they are trying to cover up huge mistakes on how they managed this tragedy! WAKE UP!

        October 29, 2012 at 10:55 am |
      • Kris

        And yet CNN is referencing Twitter and Facebook. Why haven't they posted the emails from Bengazi like Fox has? More and more people have come forward with new information and all of them have used there names and faces. When our own government has declared there will be a hearing and Obama throws Clinton under the bus then maybe you should question that just maybe there might be more going on than what Twitter and Facebook are reporting to your beloved CNN.

        October 29, 2012 at 11:41 am |
      • mickplu

        Does Watergate.....Deep Throat......Bob Woodward ring a bell. This info is provided to jar your memory on how an unnamed news source exposed richard Nixon's lies.

        October 29, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
      • John

        I would advocate having the news networks (plural) report the information and allowing each and every one of us to make our own decisions as to what is, and is not credible.

        October 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • everdene

        Interesting, Jeff. None of the testimonies and emails and CIA and military sources are credible to you. How do you define credible?

        October 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • mickplu

        Furthermore, no one died during the bungled Watergate break-in.

        October 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • Jim

        Well Jeff, is President Obama a reliable enough source: In an interview with KUSA-TV's Kyle Clark President Obama said "I gave three clear Directives, Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing what we need to do, Number two, we're going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn't happen again, Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice, And I guarantee you that everyone in the State department, our military, the CIA, you name it, has number one prioority making sure that people were safe, These were our folks and we're going to find out exactly what happened...." so I ask, who dissobeyed President Obama's Number One Directive???
        Jim

        October 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
      • MommaDeeds

        I don't think there is any question what so ever that the President and his administration mislead the country and the world with a story that was fabricated to fit their narrative. That my friend, was enough to take down Richard Nixon, it wasn't the crime it was the cover up. Now I am not saying that the President is in any way responsible for the deaths of those four brave Americans, but does it not get your blood boiling to know that they were killed why it was being observed in DC in the situation room real time? I mean 7 hours, and help was 45 minutes to an hour away??? And you blame Fox News? How does that Kool Aid taste??????

        October 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  37. Pablo

    Shame on CNN to bury the story and ignore what everyone knows by know: the White House knew on real time, with 2 drones overhead, with please by Ambassador Stevens for help plus CIA personnel on the ground, and they did nothing to help. How about some journalistic decency and professionalism?

    October 28, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply
    • Craig Purcell

      Everyone knows that the Ambassador and othrs died, the Administration was in full contact and our military could
      have responded - the question is who told them to stand down? It's pretty simple.

      With CNN discovering the Ambassador's diary and no investigation you have to figure something I'd rotten in Denmark.

      October 28, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
      • Jeff D

        Actually, everyone DOES NOT know that. That's only what keeps being endlessly repeated, and attributed to unnamed sources. Some people are apparently willing to accept such critical details as fact, once they've heard them enough. Other's first want to know exactly who these mysterious sources are. Unless they're identified, I see no reason whatsoever to believe that they even exist.

        October 29, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • pacificgatepost

      It has become too difficult to watch CNN. All objectivity has vacated the premisses.

      No one believes what is coming out from the W.H. or SOS PR folks. And no media other than Fox, seems to be doing any investigating.

      Brian Williams was an embarrassment with Obama.

      This is worse than Watergate, and yet, . . . crickets.

      October 29, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • Jeff D

      With about a week to go before the election, I think someone at CNN should take FOX on, deconstruct their concocted story, and demand that the sources for the critical elements be provided. The closest anyone has done to doing that is Geraldo Rivera.

      How obvious does it have to be that FOX is making a carefully orchestrated effort to determine the outcome of a presidential election by presenting totally unverified information, before someone else in the industry stands up for Truth and Journalistic Integrity?

      The tIme left to do so is growing very short.

      October 29, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
      • skinnydipper

        Jeff D, you are a complete joke. Instead of demanding truth and accountability from the White House and news outlets, you instead want to go after Fox News...the ONE source that has been providing the hard evidence inn this situation (emails, etc).

        This is why Fox News blows away all other news outlets in terms of ratings. Every other outlet is in bed with the White House in trying to cover up this story.

        October 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Jody Wilson

        Agreed, obama needs to explain, or i vote romney

        October 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  38. jmoody

    WE NEED THE TRUTH. CNN and other media outlets are protecting the White House because they fear the truth.
    Our servicemen are fighting for our freedoms – including FREEDOM OF THE PRESS – SHAME ON CNN
    FOX news has very credible, high-ranking intelligent CIA/OFFICERS/FORMER WHITE HOUSE STAFF telling us about Protocol. Obama met w/Panetta and Biden 2 hrs after the attack – then flew off to Las Vegas and Colorado.
    WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO's NOT missing in action.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  39. Gary March

    So many folks used to look to CNN for the real news. Unfortunately, CNN is now like the rest of the media, reporting only what fits the POTUS agenda just like government ran news media in older communist countries. Thank God we still have FOX to learn the truth.

    October 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  40. John H. Harris

    Benghazi in “Real Time”:
    Realization of the Truth and
    The Birth of a Cover Up

    It’s inconceivable that with a drone overhead, and specific requests for assistance, that Deputy Asst. Secretary Lamb monitoring the whole situation from beginning to end, that Washington didn’t immediately, and in “real time”, everything they needed to know about Benghazi and the life and death situation our people were embroiled in.

    Here's a likely, and what I think very believable, sequence of “who knew what and when did they knew it” on 9/11/12:

    1. ADAS Lamb passed what she learned in "real time" on to higher ups in the State Dept. (Lamb could hardly sit on something so explosive). What she heard combined with her 17 years of State experience in hot spots around the world should have left no doubt in her mind the the attack was a pre-planned terrorist attack by terrorists who were more than likely Muslim Extremists and Islamic Jihadists.

    2. Those higher ups would immediately brief Sec. Clinton;

    3. Sec. Clinton, as a member of the President's National Security Team since 2008, would buck it to the NST;

    4. The NST would have had to inform the President because this PR Bomb" could seriously hurt his chances for reelection if the public knew even a small portion of the truth;

    5. The assignment and the challenge of spinning this correctly, and deflecting/misdirecting blame, went to Obama's Senior Campaign adviser, David Axelrod;

    6. Axelrod and his people then created the Benghazi communication strategy for the White House, State Dept. and their minions to follow.

    A strategy that they thought would keep this ticking time bomb under cover and in check until after they won the election.

    The lies and cover-ups came next and we finally saw what transparency in an Obama Administration looks like. “The King with no clothes" comes to mind.

    October 28, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  41. Thinkbeforeyouvote2012

    Shame on CNN and the other media outlets (ABC, CBS, NBC, etc.) for sweeping this under the rug and giving Washington a pass on the glaring errors in judgement and deceit with regards to the loss of 4 American Patriots in Benghazi. This story should be FRONT PAGE NEWS until the truth is told. Instead, I have to do a search to find this information and it is several days old. Again, shame on all of the main stream media. The families of these brave Americans, who made the ultimate sacrifice, deserve better.

    October 28, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  42. jeffu

    When the news media becomes a puppet of government, and they manipulate "information" to manipulate the people, it becomes propaganda. Anyone remember the Nazis, the masters of propaganda? This is where America is heading... the state controls the people.

    October 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Ginjoe

      The liberal and socialist media in this country sickens me. They have elected our current regime and are so desparate to get them reelected, that they wiilingly assist the regime by lying to the citizens. We need to wake up, get the people's vote out and develop a massive boycott of the liberal media. It's time to let everyone know that we aren't lemmings and we will only tolerate the truth.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  43. xsquid (retired Navy)

    I too find it astonishing that CNN as well as other main stream media outlets, (ABC, CBS, NBC), fail to provide the American public with national security and geopolitical issues. It is an election year, and the public deserves the truth. Whether a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, we want to know what is going on with our country. To cover up this debacle, shows just how UNPRESIDENTIAL Mr. Obama has become. Ones political suicide or not, President Obama should be speaking to us about his administrations failure to respond in Benghazi, and to speak the truth following what happened. Many proir Obama supporters have to also view this as some type of coverup to try to save his political bacon. It is time to rattle our sabers, don our bayonets, and ride our war horses into battle. Yes, our troops still use bayonets and troops under our Commander in Chief's watch rode horses in Afghanistan, (imagine that!). OUr economy is weak, America is viewed as weak to many radicals and nations alike, and we have had no proper direction/leadership form the Executive Branch. Please elect a President who will fix our economy and continue to support a large and overwhelming military. Mr. Obama, I believe you were a damn fine "Community Organizer". However, you did poorly as a Senator from Illinois, and continued to do poorly as President of the United States. Please give us back our nation, so we can become a respected leader of the free world, and a nation with a military that induces fear in our adversaries. GOD Bless America, Land of the Free, and Home of the Brave.

    October 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      After reading many of the post, the question is; what would the coverage be like if Bush was president? All CNN has to do is announce the current facts. "The Administration couldn't blame Bush, but saw an opportunity to blame some fool with a video camera"

      POTUS, your probationary period over, your not qualified for this job.

      October 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      Great post, xsquid, but Obama will never "give" us back our Nation. We're going to have to TAKE IT BACK, on NOVEMBER 6th!! Join me in voting for Mitt Romney for President!

      October 28, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  44. Cagard

    The media thinks the public is stupid and they can manipulate us. Wake up CNN and other media outlets. We watch and listen to many news organizations, so it's obvious when you don't report something as big as Libya and probable cover up! Do your job and REPORT the news. Good grief! Your top story today is how Obamas faith has changed!!? REALLY! You should be embarrassed!

    October 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
    • John H. Harris

      Benghazi in “Real Time”:
      Realization of the Truth and
      The Birth of a Cover Up

      It’s inconceivable that with a drone overhead, and Deputy Asst. Secretary Lamb monitoring the whole situation from beginning to end, that Washington didn’t immediately, and in “real time”, everything they needed to know about Benghazi and the life and death situation our people were embroiled in.

      Here's a likely, and what I think very believable, sequence of “who knew what and when did they knew it”:

      1. ADAS Lamb passed that information on to higher ups in the State Dept. (Lamb could hardly sit on something so explosive).

      2. Those higher ups would immediately brief Sec. Clinton;

      3. Sec. Clinton, as a member of the President's National Security Team since 2008, would buck it to the NST;

      4. The NST would have had to inform the President because this PR Bomb" could seriously hurt his chances for reelection if the public knew even a small portion of the truth;

      5. The assignment and the challenge of spinning this correctly, and deflecting/misdirecting blame, went to Obama's Senior Campaign adviser, David Axelrod;

      6. Axelrod and his people then created the Benghazi communication strategy for the White House, State Dept. and their minions to follow.

      A strategy that they thought would keep this ticking time bomb under cover and in check until after they won the election.

      The lies and cover-ups came next and we finally saw what transparency in an Obama Administration looks like. “The King with no clothes" comes to mind.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Barb

      You need to watch FOX to get the real story on Bengazi.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  45. Scott

    John McCain claims Benghazi debacle is either a coverup or incompetence. A US Senator make a claim like that, and CNN can't cover it because POTUS would get upset. #badform

    October 28, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Cecil Johnson

      CNN should do a better job covering the truth no matter the political party. The reason CNN's ratings are down like CBS and ABC. CNN step up and be a true new reporting agency.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  46. Tell the Truth

    I think we should consider looking at the advertisers who support the lack of information CNN is providing. This is not news.

    October 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  47. TRFjr

    At 410pm a live feed from the attack was being broadcasted into the WH situation room from video cameras in the ambassador compound and a overhead drone
    520pm The president the VP and the head of DoD had a meeting in the oval office after the meeting Obama went and took a nap

    The PRESIDENT WENT AND TOOK A NAP WHILE THE AMBASSADOR AND 3 OTHERS WAS BEING KILLED

    October 28, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Pri

      but yet to this day they still criticize President Bush for not reacting sooner in front of children in Florida when he heard of the attacks on the WTC.......hmmmmm...remaining calm in front of children when hearing of an attack on our country so not to panic them vs taking a nap when hearing of an attack on our embassy in Benghazi....

      October 28, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  48. Seabreeze

    My post – Oct 26 @ 10:30 has disappeared! Is CNN censoring comments???? Question 1: why was security reduced at Benghazi? Question 2: why did Stevens go there (he knew how dangerous it was & that he was on a hit list) & who sent him? Question 3: why did the WH just sit there and allow the massacre? Almost sounds like a setup!! If the media was doing its job, we'd have a clearer picture by now. The media is supposed to be OUR watchdog, not the government's!!!!!

    October 28, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
  49. TRFjr

    Lt. Col. Tony Schafer told Fox News that sources were telling him that the President was watching the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in real-time. Schafer told Fox that "only the President" could have ordered backup for the Americans who were under siege by terrorists so the President was most certainly informed of the situation as it was unfolding. "I hate to say this," Schafer said, "according to my sources, yes, [the President] was one of those in the White House situation room in real-time watching this. And the question becomes, 'What did the President do or not do in the moments he saw this unveiling?' He - only he - could issue a directive to Secretary of Defense Panetta to do something."

    so according to this new report either this 3 things happened

    1. Obama gave an order to help and that order was disobeyed which is highly unlikely that the military brass would disobey a direct order
    2. Obama gave the order to stand down which shows he is a heatless coward
    3. He didn't do anything which is just as bad

    this is why CNN has not and will not investigate because they are afraid of the truth that either Obama gave the order to stand down or did nothing

    October 28, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Mitchum

      You're right. And especially galling is that a Sunday talk show hosted by F Zakaria (who likes to portray himself as knowledgable about international events) buries this story and his head in the sand, if not elsewhere.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • NCWriter

      No, you've missed it.

      If the colonel's source is correct, then the question for me becomes not what the president told commanders, but how the president walked out of the situation room and told everyone else that this was a demostration due to an anti-Islam film.

      Look up the word "Pathological" in the dictionary. Is that the kind of person you want as a president?

      Shame on CNN for passing on this. Their usefulness as a news agency is rapidly detoriating because they, like our president, simply cannot be believed any more.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  50. cyclonewarningcenter

    CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC ARE NOT REPORTING THIS STORY JUST TO COVER UP FOR OBAMA... TURN TO FOX NEWS NOW TO ALL THE REAL NEWS ON THIS..

    Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said tonight that his sources tell him that Obama was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down and both he and Col. David Hunt agree it would have taken an order by the president to intervene. Further, Col. Hunt said that we were only 20 min away by jet and a couple of hours away by AC-130 gunships and special forces, and the decision not to intervene had to be political.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1NbtQGTDCM&w=640&h=390]

    October 28, 2012 at 10:34 am | Reply
  51. Robert Gingery

    CNN's lack of coverage of this massacre of our Ambassador and our fallen heroes is obviously to protect Obama's reelection chances. This blatant bias and lack of reporting important news is exactly why I stopped watching or paying attention to anything they present years ago. They do a disservice to the people by giving a blind eye to news that doesn't promote their own political agenda.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      THis issue is NOT a POLITICAL debate! It is a National Security, Foreign Affiars, Government Oversight and Ethics issue! The lack of coverage of this critical issue, by major media outlets, is astonishing.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      Thank you for your great post, Robert! I heartily agree!

      October 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  52. joya

    Thank God for FOX News, Sean Hannity, Rush, Mark Levin, etc. The American People are being lied to by
    the MSM lead by CNN who used to be who everyone counted on for news. Now, FOX is number one in cable.
    ABC, NBC and CBS are all part of the coverup of Benghazi to protect and elect BHO.
    Your bias is disgraceful, electing BHO is your goal and so lying and covering up is what you do!
    shame on you CNN – we will take back our country on November 6th when Mitt Romney is elected!

    October 28, 2012 at 6:26 am | Reply
    • CJB

      CNN, MSNBC, CBS and ABC are all going to hate that the Republicans have reclaimed America and the White House on November 6th. Lying and covering up this story is what will get everyone to get all their news from FOX.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  53. MinorityFemaleSuburbanMom

    I implore you. DO. YOUR. JOB. The highest levels of former military, diplomatic and political officers are outraged, disgusted and incredulous about reports that are emerging in the last few days about what the President and his cabinet knew about situation on the ground in Bengazhi, as events were developing. This is not about politics. This is about the competency and intent of our current Commander In Chief, and whether he merits re-election to that position. To say that these latest reports are too fluid to report on is absurd on its face. CNN, on a daily basis, reports on 'developing stories.' By standing silent, you denegrade your profession and do a disservice to the very people you are meant to serve: the public. There is no disgrace to you in reporting what is unfolding. To the contrary, in fact.

    October 28, 2012 at 1:23 am | Reply
    • About Time !

      Agree , media must report or look else where for current credible source for news .

      Ratings mean everything.

      October 28, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
  54. Steve

    Why... WHY hasn't the president come out and done a press conference? WHY? Even if he had no answers. WHY, if the administration had no information, did they send Susan Rice out to 5 Sunday morning shows to say it was the result of protests over a you tube video? I thought they didn't have enough information, but they came up with that one. Why did Obama mention the video at the U.N. 2 weeks later if he didn't know what was going on? It does not matter whether the attackers were "terrorist" or a group of Swiss children... 4 Americans are dead, and they received no help – they were denied help. Seriously CNN – a 4 year old could do better journalism than you.

    October 28, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
  55. bluedjinn

    Oh..Okay!...Who is it that is not allowing for my posts to be placed on here?...Yeah!...NOT COOL!...I am not saying the right things that need to be heard, so blot me out of the conversation huh?...Typical racists!...You win!..I am outta here!,,,Bye!

    October 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  56. blueskiesmom

    CNN – what has happened to you? You report on "doubts", but you don't seem to be able to get a grip on the information pouring out of the intel community. As a mother of three active duty members, I am weeping myself to sleep since this scandal has unfolded on another news station. I keep thinking about what will happen to my loved ones if they are ambushed? Will the administration micromanage and bungle their commitment to not leave them in a similar situation? When they radio in for backup will they also be denied? What has our govenment come to? For God's sake – please CNN – bring the truth to light!

    October 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • Sharon Walker

      God bless you with His peace and safety for your children. Thank you for taking the time to bring this critical issue to the forefront of the news so that Americans are informed. I join you in your prayers and am working hard so that we rid ourselves of this current Administration, which is fast becoming a dictatorship.

      October 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  57. bruce47usa

    I'm watching CNN all weekend and there has been no mention of LYBIA and the recent disclosures of what really happened. Whistleblowers are coming out and trying to get he truth out. The President is stonewalling the American people hoping they can get to the finish line the election. For those in the dark about recent news you might want to try Fox News,Breitbart.com, or the Blaze. I'm truely dissapointed in CNN'S Journalistic tact to ignore this story which I feel is bigger then Watergate

    October 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • budj1950

      http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724

      October 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  58. Melody

    All but Fox who aren't reporting Benghazi and making it front page news, are Democrats kissing Obama's ass!!

    October 27, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  59. mickplu

    CNN no longer the trusted news source, shame on you.

    October 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  60. Erik

    It's almost funny that the Obama-haters demanding 'news' reporting on Benghazi ignore the news they get. This article, had you read it, disproves the Benghazigate smoking gun that the whole alleged Benghazi coverup is based on, There is a reason that FoxNews is the only one reporting stories on Benghazi 24/7, because that's what those are speculation and stories relying on unnamed sources. That's not news and no respectable journalist would publish that kind of transparently political propaganda. FoxNews will also drop coverage immediately after the election, regardless of who wins. Wait and watch.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
    • Mary-Anne

      Erik,
      I don't believe this is about hating Obama. It is reasonable to question the confusing comments from the White House and Obama. An administration that is so concerned with "parshing" words looks like it is hiding something. As a citizen you should be concened. As a reasonable thinking person I see what appear to be lies...... Surely expecting the media to follow up is also understandable

      October 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • budj1950

      Do Some people who use the internet still live in stone age? We all know you can use your webcam and a mic and talk and see someone on the other side of the world just as if they were setting inthe room with you talking. But they refuse to acknowledge that our Government has the ability to wacth the attacks live as they happened. I was a communication Specialist for the Army and could send a message via video conference directly to the commander and chief live from Nam. To those people get your head out of your A$$ and realize fact 1. The Situation Room had "EYES" on the Consulate from before the attacks started. Did Obama know? That is the question and if he didn't why not?

      October 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
    • budj1950

      We now know the Administration had "EYES" on the consulate prior to the attacks and failed to do anything to protect them. If Obama didn' know why wasn't he alerted? If he did know.... http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-864724

      October 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • ronaswyhod

        it is my understanding that the president was napping..
        as he had bunch of talk shows scheduled the next morning..

        October 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  61. gary

    anderson cooper where are you? keeping them honest. more like keeping then in the dark. erin burnett where are you? outfront, i dont think so. more like outback. this was once a respectable news organization and now is a disgrace. this country needs journalist to keep our politicians honest. now that they are in the tank our politicians can run wild. this is not the same America that so many soldiers have died for.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • mickplu

      CNN your definite bias has been showing...you are no longer the trusted news source. Propaganda and Doublespeak the hallmarks of Obama and this news organization.

      October 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • lgp

      Anderson doesn't want to lose his invite to the Wednesday night White House parties. He knows Michelle would dump him like yesterday's knackwurst if he lets the CommieNewsNetwork air anything that resembles the truth about Barry and his Merry Band of Criminals.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  62. Jeff

    I called 404.827.1500 also. Melt the phone line folks! Come on CNN, one time please stand up for America and get to the bottom of this. Obama and Hilary lied, four brave Americans tortured, raped,... Died!

    October 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  63. everdene

    The American people understand that attacks happen, especially in places like Libya. What we don't understand is why the President of the United States continues to pretend that he didn't know what he knew. What we don't understand is why the President of the United States spent two weeks lying not only to the American people, but directly to the parents of brave heroes during a funeral ceremony.

    And we don't understand why a reputable news source like CNN would be almost silent about all of this. No, it's worse. What the American people have seen is CNN covering and making excuses for an administration that is acting in a reprehensible manner.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  64. concettogroup

    So I just wanted to let everyone know that I called and left a message with CNN 404.827.1500 telling them that I was upset that they were not covering this. I suggest you do it too.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Johnny G

      Thanks for the suggestion. I'm calling CNN right now, too. My neighbor told me what was really going on and I had to go to another news source to find coverage. This is terrible! I can't believe that CNN is so far behind the curve on this. It's like Watergate, with dead bodies. I'm beginning to understand why some of my friends keep saying that CNN is biased and helping President Obama. So like you, I'm calling CNN. Then I'm changing the favorites on my cable box.

      October 27, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  65. Brit

    I'm begging you to start investigating this story! We need and deserve the truth before we elect our next Commander in Chief! Please help the American people and stop caring so much about politics!

    October 27, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
  66. Chris Crowley

    Not surprising but very much an indictment that the only place you will see the story of Libya is on Fox news and the Daily Mail? How they could allow these men to be denied there right to life and Liberty, our patriots, our hero's. Disobeying direct orders to stand down, running to a fight with 100 to 1 odds against them. These are the men with the right stuff that we need, these are the men that I grew up admiring all my life. Men like my father from the generation that saved the world. Not These sniveling, conniving filthy cowards who are in control, spinning and lying for control of my America. My only prayer is that President Romney and Vice President Ryan will not forget this.

    October 27, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
  67. concettogroup

    If you are angry at CNN at not covering this contact them and DEMAND an answer. They should not be participating in this COVER UP.

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    October 27, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  68. Ready for a Change

    I too only came to CNN's website to search for the word Benghazi. This was the most recent story–three days ago.
    I keep thinking about the American solders who we put in harm's way by posting them at Benghazi and refusing their requests for help months BEFORE they were under fire and then again refusing their requests for help when they were in peril taking mortar fire. How must they have felt?? After being under attack for six hours to finally realize–"hey, no one is coming to save us. No one has our back." That seems criminal to me and something that we, as a nation, resolved would not happen again after Vietnam. Why are you as a self-described news organization being complicit in this coverup? Four Americans were murdered because we didn't do anything to prevent it or to help when it happened. No wonder Hilary and Obama could not look those parents in the eye at the memorial service. I'm just wondering how well you guys are sleeping at night . . .

    October 27, 2012 at 6:54 am | Reply
  69. Kathy

    I am really starting to believe that CNN and the other mainstream media are very similar to that old Soviet Union Pravda. They only report what the Administration allows.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:29 am | Reply
  70. Jhester42

    CNN, ABC, MSNBC and CBS are reporting NOTHING about Biden's comments to one of the fathers..nor are they reporting Sec of State Clinton's comment that we will find the maker of the video and arrest him. All of you, put yourself in the fathers shoes....the sorrow that he must be feeling and to find out he was LIED to, to his face. The integrity of The United States has been reduced to such a low that we may never recover, and any journalist and news organization that will not start REPORTING THE NEWS is as much at fault as those who made those comments to the father of the slain CIA operative. The truth has no agenda and the truth shall set you free.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:26 am | Reply
  71. tommyVA

    I find it amazing that on one hand the administration does not put any weight on a facebook claim that a certain group took responsibility for the attack but then will use the same type of posting as some sort of evidence that the group did not do it. Does this administration have that much trust in a terrorist group to only believe their denials? The other problem I have is that if the administration does not believe that the groups posting were actual, why was a special forces group sent to Tripoli while the attack was on going in Benghazi? (there was a message posted online by this group to attack the embassy in Tripoli) So what are we to believe?

    Also, this story was posted on the 24th of October, by then everyone knew that there was never any protest, yet this story is still referencing it.

    "The disclosure of the e-mail has given new life to the already fevered debate over when the Obama administration learned that the attack was more than a protest that turned deadly but was the work of terrorists"

    October 27, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
    • jeremyVA

      There is a HUGE coverup here OBAMA had my vote 2 months ago ......NOT TODAY HE IS A LIER!!!
      AND FU CNN FOR YOUR LACK OF COVERAGE

      October 27, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply
      • Jhester42

        Hopefully you are sincere about supporting Obama and also sincere about changing your mind. Thank you for going with the truth and being honest with yourself.

        October 27, 2012 at 5:47 am |
    • Mary M

      I find it unbelievable how little coverage CNN has given to this Benghazi scandal. Are they so invested in Obama that they will cover for him?

      October 27, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
  72. Tim

    CNN-No coverage on this story.....Unbelievable...Once again selling out....the Corrupt News Network...Do you think the American public is that ignorant???

    October 27, 2012 at 2:38 am | Reply
    • Mary M

      Corrupt News Network? I've heard it called The Communist News Network. Have you ever listened/watched them in foreign countries? Unbelievable what they feed them!

      October 27, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
  73. Craig Kones

    Why do CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS burries the contriversy about the Lybian terorist attacts? Why not make it a front page story? Oh, may be it would upset your Messiah? Obama lied about what he said. The CIA said they never gave the order, therefore only one person did. The Manchurian Candidate

    October 27, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
  74. Michelle Beaumont

    CNN is the last place I look for news because I know if I want to know the truth, it won't be here. And I guess maybe you all can move to Hawaii with the Obama family after the election.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
  75. Jodi

    CNN: THE MOST UNTRUSTED NAME IN NEWS. AND COMPLICIT IN THE MURDERS OF FOUR AMERICANS. SHAME ON YOU. THIS IS FRONT PAGE!

    October 27, 2012 at 2:09 am | Reply
  76. Mary

    Have Soledad O'brien put this in a binder and file it in the treason file. I wouldn't expect anything truthful from CNN. How you people can live with yourselves is beyond me.

    October 27, 2012 at 2:00 am | Reply
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