B. Christopher Agee — April 30, 2014
As the Benghazi scandal wears on with frustratingly little accountability at the executive level, there has been no shortage of speculation regarding the identity of key players behind the cover-up.
American Thinker’s Ed Lasky put forth a theory that Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes was instrumental in crafting the deflecting narrative that a YouTube video, not an incompetent administration, was responsible for the outbreak of violence that left four Americans dead on Sept. 11, 2012. His suspicions, it seems, were founded.
A series of emails recently released through a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch show that Rhodes, who possesses no identifiable qualifications for shaping public opinion in matters of national security, conducted meetings with then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice ahead of her Benghazi comments.
Less than two days before she made the rounds on various Sunday morning political news programs, Rhodes implored her to “underscore that these protests are rooted in [an] Internet video, and not a broader failure [of] policy.”
Rhodes, whom left-leaning Politico once described as an “obscure” speechwriter who “played video games into the early morning hours,” was apparently given the reins in crafting a lie that would be repeated countless times by Rice and other administration sources – including Obama.
Lasky determined that Rhodes is an Obama team player willing to “do his boss’ bidding, hiding information, manipulating the facts, (and) distract people” while letting “the truth and the American people be damned.”
Even more disconcerting, Rhodes’ brother is current CBS News President David Rhodes. The network made news of its own recently when star reporter Sharyl Attkisson left amid accusations CBS was unsupportive of her efforts to get to the bottom of the Benghazi scandal.