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ABC’s Jake Tapper: Obama running out the clock on Benghazi questions


With the election only days away and the Big Bird and binders jokes played out, the mainstream media seems willing at last to mention the word “Benghazi.” Eli Lake of Newsweek and the Daily Beast today passed along his sources’ claim that the State Department never requested military backup, and now ABC’s Jake Tapper has penned a blog post called “The Benghazi Drip-Drip-Drip.” Strange, really, considering that as a part of ABC News, Tapper is better positioned than most to open that tap and let the information flow.

Some help from the president would be appreciated, though. Tapper begins by recounting how the president either didn’t hear or flat out ignored a question shouted last night by ABC News’s Mary Bruce “about when he would begin to provide answers to the numerous questions building up about what exactly what went wrong in Benghazi, Libya.”

To a public hungry for any sort of answers on Benghazi, what little recap Tapper does provide is greatly appreciated. Too little, too late, perhaps, but it’s something. Um, thanks?

@jaketapper yeah!!! You guys at ABC are finally gonna cover Benghazi…welcome to the party.

— Mike Emig (@ChngeUp) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper Will this be on ABC News tonight?With no pressure from MSM this will just drip until everyone loses interest. Obama knows that

— misawa (@timandtzee) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper When are “reporters” going to hold his feet to the fire?Wednesday?

— marccarpenter (@marccarpenter3) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper That’s well and good, but when is ABC going to run some real news about #benghazi on TV? Rep Pres would be hounded endlessly.

— Habib Jones (@habib2001) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper run out the clock, acceptable?Not to the American people. #Benghazi

— Thomas Long (@TPLRRT1) November 1, 2012

@katmckinley @jaketapper Please get this story prominence in nightly news broadcasts-this is serious stuff-it should be featured on the air.

— John J. Mandler (@JJMandler) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper re: Glad you are on this. Problem w/ WH statement is they said a video caused the attack.

— Carl Frei (@CarlFrei1) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper They FINALLY cut you lose on this? You da man! Now ask #WhereWasBarack during #7hoursofhell in

— Mike’s Corner (@MikesOpine) November 1, 2012

@jaketapperjust a question: Why does Obama need a “rigorous investigation” to answer questions about his own knowledge and actions?

— SquatchPride69 (@AceofSpadesHQ) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper Very nice to read, but would LUV to hear the word “Benghazi” uttered from Diane Sawyer’s mouth, JUST ONCE!

— Sharon Dyer (@SHARHAIR) November 1, 2012

WH not answering detailed questions until after Election Day, it seems RT @jaketapper The Benghazi Drip-Drip-Drip >

— Rick Klein (@rickklein) November 1, 2012

Staying quiet until after the election? Oh, you think so?

@abc @jaketapper Finally some questions asked by media other than @foxnews #abouttime

— Stephanie Stricklin (@suncrabgrits) November 1, 2012

@hughhewitt @jaketapper would have been nice to see the protracted blame the video stance addressed.

— Darryl Rich (@Arkydee) November 1, 2012

@abc @jaketapper so why did carney and rice say it was spontaneous and because of a video when intel said it was a terrorist attack?

— Janet stamatelis (@janetstamatelos) November 1, 2012

If @jaketapper and others now reporting on #Benghazi turns part of Sunday’s shows into Benghazi Gate then it will def hurt Obama #p2 #tcot

— Gary (@garyalan82) November 1, 2012

@abc @jaketapper Okay, now… Can we see some investigative reporting on #Benghazi?You know how.Just act like Bush was the president!

— PCW6886 (@PamWiltz) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper Then get busy Jake. You’re way behind the curve on #Benghazi. Emails, eye witness accts, dead Americans, et al

— Ron Elliott (@Beaverman87) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper I thought you of all people would be all over the #Benghazi coverup and lies. Don’t let us down.

— Dana Willis (@dbwillis1) November 1, 2012

@jaketapper defending his man (BHO) in latest article.Be honest jake, if this was in last admin, how hard would you go after Bush?

— Clint Cormier (@ClintCormier) November 1, 2012

@oldhickory49 @jaketapper I have hope for Jake. We all know he can be great when he chooses. Wanted him 2 blow doors open on #BenghaziGate.

— FullFrontalTruth (@truth_full) November 1, 2012

Tapper has managed to rally quite a cheerleading section from just one blog post. Just imagine what a few specific questions directed toward the administration could do.

@jaketapper come on Jake you can hit harder than that take it to him those families need the truth. Rally your reporter friends. Be the one!

— Matthew Arturi(@ratkat71) November 1, 2012

Tapper might not be the only one finally tuning in to Benghazi. ABC’s Devin Dwyer today asked Jay Carney about the president’s involvement in the investigation.

On Air Force One today, White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked by ABC News how closely the President is reading and following the media reports about what went wrong in Benghazi.

“Is he engaged in the investigation and receiving updates on the investigation, or is he waiting until it’s complete?” ABC News’ Devin Dwyer asked.

Carney noted that since the “investigations are being conducted by both the FBI and the Accountability Review Board” the president himself “is not participating in the investigation. He is anticipating results that show us exactly what happened, who was responsible and what lessons we can learn from it in terms of how we ensure that it never happens again.”

With Election Day so close, more and more voters seem to be learning how they can ensure this sort of debacle never happens again under a second Obama term.

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