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Hey Obamabots, Tapper’s “Leak” Is Meaningless

A lot of the usual suspects are grabbing onto Jake Tapper’s Memeorandum topping report, “CNN exclusive: White House email contradicts Benghazi leaks.” They are all pointing to one paragraph as proof of… something:

Whoever provided those accounts seemingly invented the notion that Rhodes wanted the concerns of the State Department specifically addressed. While Nuland, particularly, had expressed a desire to remove mentions of specific terrorist groups and CIA warnings about the increasingly dangerous assignment, Rhodes put no emphasis at all in his e-mail on the State Department’s concerns.

They took that paragraph and were off to the races: From Greg Sergeant at WaPo’s “Plum Line” we hear: “Jake Tapper blows a hole in Benghazi ‘scandal’.” From Steve Benen at MSLSD’s “Maddow Blog” we’re told, “Story on Benghazi leaks starts to unravel.” From the Mother Hen of Hipster Douchebag Central, Joan Walsh, we get “Who doctored a White House email?” From Karoli at Crooks and Liars, “Did Someone Leak Doctored Benghazi Email?” From under a rock in the deepest part of the Fever Swamps, “Oops: ABC’s Benghazi ‘scoop’ was based on fabricated email.”

Sigh. It’s no wonder that being so deep in the tank for the Unicorn King necessarily leads to abject stupidity among the Obamabots. Here’s Tom McGuire cutting the string off the HopeyChange! balloon they’re all clinging to:


Jake Tapper, now of CNN but a bulldog for truth while at ABC News, is getting lots of love from the left for debunking a bit of the Benghazi talking points story. His gist – the summaries of the emails put forward by ABCNews and the Weekly Standard exaggerate (to the point of invention) the mention of State Department concerns by the White House as a topic needing to be addressed.

However, there is trouble in their Blue Heaven: Tapper’s summary of the Weekly Standard is wrong and somewhat misleading.

Tom explains that Tapper referred to the wrong Weekly Standard article, and quoted a line from the piece that doesn’t appear in the piece. ABC’s Jonathan Karl also clarifies his original reporting, and Tapper’s piece ends up a squirrel; a distraction. Or possibly–likely–the White House used Tapper to throw a wrench in the works:

Based on Jonathan Karl’s updated report (quoted below), it looks like the White House played Tapper to create a controversy by releasing just one in a chain of emails.  Regardless of how it turns out, this provides the dodge White House defenders were looking for, and they are relishing it.

McGuire was on the same page:

Jake Tapper has a good reputation for being tough on the White House, so there was a certain craftiness in selectively releasing one out-of-context email to him to make the White House case. However, I doubt he will play the patsy here – if context counts then Tapper will join the cry for a more complete release of the emails.

It’s pretty obvious to someone not invested in wishing away all the calamities raining down on the White House, even if that someone is a crazed Ewok. This “doctored” email meme came straight from the West Wing:

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.”

If there is “no there, there,” as the Unicorn King declared, release all the emails. There is no valid reason, at this point, to not release them, right? This is the most transparent administration evah!, right? The Washington press corps is going to be demanding as much, now that it’s obvious someone in the West Wing fed that email to Tapper. Won’t releasing them clear everything up?

Oh, wait….

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