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
— Habib Jones (@habib2001) November 1, 2012
— Thomas Long (@TPLRRT1) November 1, 2012
— John J. Mandler (@JJMandler) November 1, 2012
— Carl Frei (@CarlFrei1) November 1, 2012
— 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
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) November 1, 2012
Staying quiet until after the election? Oh, you think so?
— Stephanie Stricklin (@suncrabgrits) November 1, 2012
— Darryl Rich (@Arkydee) November 1, 2012
— Janet stamatelis (@janetstamatelos) November 1, 2012
— Gary (@garyalan82) November 1, 2012
— PCW6886 (@PamWiltz) November 1, 2012
— Ron Elliott (@Beaverman87) November 1, 2012
— 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
— 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.