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May 15, 2013

Backfire: Networks Demand Release of Benghazi Emails

Late last night I wrote about the White House's new claim -- that the Benghazi emails quoted by the media were "doctored." From Brad Woodhouse, Democrat Party Communications Director.


Want to know the real story?

I warned people off this spin today, reminding them of the fact that investigators were not permitted to make copies of the emails. They were only permitted to view them.

So of course there are going to be differences -- the White House is refusing to allow people to have the actual verbatim copies! All of these quotes come from a limited reading period and note-taking.

White House conclusion? They're doctoring emails!

Note the game they're playing -- they release one email, refusing to release the rest, just to quibble over phrasing in a quote of the email. And yet they themselves have it within their power to guarantee accurate quotes, by simply releasing the emails publicly. But they refuse to, citing, I imagine, "national security."

Which suddenly isn't such a very big concern when they have the opportunity to make a "doctored email" claim.

Well, it turns out that not even the media is stupid enough to fall for this tactic, and is now telling the White House to release all the emails.

Jake Tapper, who got a little burned and I would guess a little embarrassed by the White House's dishonest use of him, is similarly calling for the full emails to be released, and not just select snippets where the White House contrives a scandal out of a typo.



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