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Shouldn’t president’s failure to attend intelligence briefings be getting more media coverage?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:18 pm - September 12, 2012.
Filed under: Media Bias,Obama Incompetence,War On Terror

As our friends in the legacy media wring their hands about the Mitt Romney’s supposedly inappropriate critique of the administration’s apologetic statement* to those attacking the American embassy, the conservative media are doing their work for them, with Breitbart’s Wynton Hall reporting:

According to the White House calendar, there is no public record of President Barack Obama attending his daily intelligence briefing–known as the Presidential Daily Brief (PDB)–in the week leading up to the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Cairo and the murder of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American members of his staff . . . .

This failure to attend the briefings is particularly striking given evidence that the attack was planned in advance.

And yet our media dwell not on the administration’s incompetence, but on Romney’s response.  “The fact“, quips Instapudit reader Leslie Eastman that “the elite media was more upset about Romney’s critique of the White House than our dead ambassador says all there needs to be said about our press.”

Oh, and, John Nolte reports that the Obama camp condemned Romney’s statement before condemning the attacks in Egypt and Libya.

And Glenn Reynolds wonders “what would they be saying if President Bush had gone to Vegas for a fundraiser on a day like this? Heck, what would they be saying if Romney were doing so?

Will this report on Obama’s failure to attend intelligence briefings ever receive as much coverage as did the crazy comments of a socially conservative Congressman?

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*The U.S. Embassy in Cairo in a branch of the administration.

UPDATE:  Instead of asking Mitt Romney about the substance of his remarks today, Obama’s allies our friends in the legacy media asked Mitt Romney, in a possibly coordinated effort, only about the appropriateness of his criticism.   Over at Ace, DrewM tells his readers to “Go to the PJ Tatter to see the pitiful questions Romney was asked. Almost all of them were attacks on the timing of his statement last night.”  This week, we’re seeing not only the failure of Obama’s policy in the Mideast, but also of the legacy media’s coverage of this campaign — and this president.

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  1. It is beneath him. Odumbo is taking care of the job problem. Only one. His.

    Comment by susan — September 12, 2012 @ 4:06 pm - September 12, 2012

  2. “Shouldn’t president’s failure to attend intelligence briefings be getting more media coverage?” No. 2+2=5. There is nothing to see here.

    Comment by AZ Mo in NYC — September 12, 2012 @ 4:09 pm - September 12, 2012

  3. CBS News is reporting that the other two US personnel killed in the Benghazi, Libya consulate attack were US Marines, tho CBS didn’t know if they were just present at the wrong-time at the Consulate, part of the Consulate security detail, or part of the Ambassador’s security detail.

    CBS News also states that the Libyan-component of the Ambassador’s security team betrayed the Ambassador’s location to the mob/murderers AFTER the Libyans moved the Ambassador’s party to a second building in the compound.

    There’s also disagreement as to if the Ambassador’s body was publically-dragged by the mob/murderers through the streets afterwards, then rescued, …or if immediately rescued and carried to the Hospital by loyal Libyan rescuers.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — September 12, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - September 12, 2012

  4. It has now gotten to the point that this man and his regime are so pathetic, so incompetent, so maddening, so phony, so corrupt, so dangerous and valueless that it is not even worth discussing at times.

    It’s like what else is there left to say, and how surprised can we be when he fucks up one more time. All that is left is that if he gets 4 more years we will simply be finished as a “shining light on the hill,” or he is booted out of the White House and we can begin the road to a recovery.

    Nothing more, nothing less!

    Comment by mixitup — September 12, 2012 @ 5:06 pm - September 12, 2012

  5. Being commander-in-chief is an incredibly difficult job. President Obama needs to find a solution to our Mideast dillemma by playing a round or two or three of golf.

    Comment by davinci — September 12, 2012 @ 5:10 pm - September 12, 2012

  6. Why does the Ambassador’s security team even HAVE a Libyan component?
    This was one of the salutary lessons in the novel “The Ugly American” – YOU DO NOT employ locals on the Embassy staff. NOT EVER.

    Comment by perturbed — September 12, 2012 @ 5:15 pm - September 12, 2012

  7. You act as though the MFM have some function other than supporting the re-election of the SCOAMF.

    Comment by V the K — September 12, 2012 @ 5:20 pm - September 12, 2012

  8. And along those lines, V the K, have we all seen this?

    http://www.therightscoop.com/exclusive-open-mic-captures-press-coordinating-questions-for-romney-no-matter-who-he-calls-on-were-covered/

    I think we can safely DROP any pretense of an actual “press” in this country.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — September 12, 2012 @ 6:26 pm - September 12, 2012

  9. Saw that. I note even the trolls have stopped trying to defend the MFM as unbiased.

    Comment by V the K — September 12, 2012 @ 7:08 pm - September 12, 2012

  10. Anyone think the MFM will ask Dear Reader why there were no guards protecting the embassy in Benghazi?

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/12/No-Marines-Guarding-US-Consulate-In-Libya

    Comment by V the K — September 12, 2012 @ 7:10 pm - September 12, 2012

  11. http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2012/09/obama-obama-there-are-still-billion.html President Obama does not want blame for his failed Arab Spring. The crowd in Cairo was chanting: “Obama, Obama, there are still a billion Osamas!” If he is so concerned with the feelings of the middle east, why spike the football so much over killing Osama bin Laden?

    Mitt Romney did not cause this mess, it was murderous Islamic thugs that perceive Barack Obama as being weak and feckless.

    And Barack Obama is not getting called out by the media because they are in the bag for him.

    Comment by EBL — September 12, 2012 @ 7:36 pm - September 12, 2012

  12. You guys really expect The Precious to fill the chair? Hell, Vegas was on tap, why should he hang around, much less miss some sleep (remember that 3am call commercial), to find out if our Ambassador was dead or alive. At least he didn’t announce he was going to Disney World, but I wouldn’t have been surprised if he did. And don’t get me started on the MSM. They have their heads so far up his ass he sneezes when they blink.

    Comment by John in Dublin — September 12, 2012 @ 7:48 pm - September 12, 2012

  13. According to Wikipedia, a Consulate does enjoy extraterritoriality. Vienna Convention on Consular Relations

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — September 12, 2012 @ 10:23 pm - September 12, 2012

  14. Oops…doesn’t ((Please correct ))

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — September 12, 2012 @ 10:23 pm - September 12, 2012

  15. Shouldn’t president’s failure to attend intelligence briefings be getting more media coverage?

    No. Because Romney once went on vacation with his dog carrier strapped to the roof of the family car…or something. Look! Squirrel!
    /Mainstream Media Hack

    Comment by AF_Vet — September 12, 2012 @ 10:54 pm - September 12, 2012

  16. I was very angry to learn that reporters in front of an open microphone discussed questions whereby they could trip up or embarrass Romney about his Cairo statement. Also, I heard Wolf Blitser (sp.) of CNN defend Obama’s not getting to know Congressmen. Bob Woodard had said that a senior congressman told him that he had only met Obama twice. Other people have also said he does not meet with congress. After Bob’s statement, Wolf said oh, you mean that Obama does not schmooze with people. That was not what Bob meant. He meant that Obama does not make it a practice to know other people in important government positions.

    Comment by paula mathis — September 12, 2012 @ 10:57 pm - September 12, 2012

  17. The hypocrisy of Obama and the Media is stunning

    Comment by EBL — September 13, 2012 @ 10:01 am - September 13, 2012

  18. AS long as the ObamaZombie MSM plays Obama’s defense, it will be up to the alternative media to get out the truth.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — September 13, 2012 @ 10:27 am - September 13, 2012

  19. Attacks on U.S. embassies… aren’t they legally attacks on U.S. soil?

    Plural because in this morning’s news, we have Yemen also. I think Obama is now officially worse than Jimmuh Carter, who had only one U.S. embassy stormed on his watch.

    But these attacks coming in the fourth year of the Lightworker’s term… Wait, wasn’t his “apology tour” and other wonderfulness supposed to make the U.S. loved?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — September 13, 2012 @ 10:45 am - September 13, 2012

  20. In any other sane presidential administration, the killing of a U.S. ambassador would be tantamount to an act of war. Yet this incompetent boob is busy running for re-election.

    We have got to get rid of the Kenyan in November, or there won’t be any more America left. Period.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — September 13, 2012 @ 11:21 am - September 13, 2012

  21. Attacks on U.S. embassies… aren’t they legally attacks on U.S.

    soil?

    Yes they are, ILC. And as such, they are considered to be ACTS OF WAR.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — September 13, 2012 @ 1:06 pm - September 13, 2012

  22. Question is not why Romney isn’t ahead in the polls despite Obama’s blatant ineptitude? The question should be why isn’t Obama up 20 points despite all the propping up from Clinton, Hollywood, a complicit MSM, the Fed, academia, et al?

    Comment by Sharp_Right_Turn — September 13, 2012 @ 1:44 pm - September 13, 2012

  23. Sad, OMG this is sad! To make it worse, this SOB president and his State Departmrnt took away the only real protection each Embassy has – the U.S. Marines:http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/09/13/State-Department-Denied-Marines-From-Carrying-Live-Ammo-At-Cairo-Embassy

    Yes, it IS an act of WAR to do what they did to our sovereign territory.

    My understanding is that there have only been 6 ambassador killings in 236 years – Obama is responsible for #6, while he was sleeping with FLOTUS. How inconvenient.

    Comment by mixitup — September 13, 2012 @ 3:21 pm - September 13, 2012

  24. The issue is not whether Obama’s absence from intelligence briefings would have made any difference in this week’s events. It probably would have made no difference at all.

    The issue is the blatant double standard being used by the media. If this had been a Republican president the story would be the lead item on Yahoo.com splash screen, the pundits would be hysterical, and the newspapers would calling for him to resign. It would be all over the media. It is currently buried.

    You have to choose not to see this because only a moron could look at this and not conclude there is a double standard.

    Comment by Niall — September 13, 2012 @ 3:42 pm - September 13, 2012

  25. I just love reading the new word “presstitutes” regarding the MSM

    Comment by Tony — September 13, 2012 @ 4:27 pm - September 13, 2012

  26. I just love reading the new word “presstitutes” regarding the MSM

    Dude, I’ve been calling them “fluffers” for years.

    Comment by V the K — September 13, 2012 @ 5:57 pm - September 13, 2012

  27. To date, newly lit fires are blackening the skies over eleven Islamic hotspots. One American consulate destroyed… 3 of our citizens now murdered. – To not have proper protection at any US embassy on 9/11 clearly shows a lack of leadership on the part of the president. So don’t try and tell me Mr Obama is not at fault here !

    Comment by Spartann — September 13, 2012 @ 6:18 pm - September 13, 2012

  28. http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2012/09/there-were-warnings-48-hours-before.html Drudge siren: 48 hours after WH is warned diplomats died #tcot

    Comment by EBL — September 13, 2012 @ 8:08 pm - September 13, 2012

  29. It doesn’t matter what the throne-sniffers in the MSM do. The situation developing in the Middle East will finish Obama’s reelection chances.

    I still have enough faith in the populace to believe that.

    It’s one thing to plunge everybody into poverty by trashing our economy. It’s another to expose us to the danger of death at the hands of savages.

    Make no mistake about it. It isn’t only diplomats in far-off lands whose lives are in peril if this charlatan is reelected.

    Comment by Lori Heine — September 13, 2012 @ 10:24 pm - September 13, 2012

  30. Marc Thiessen at the WaPo (of all places):

    Truly sophisticated consumers of intelligence don’t see it as a sign of weakness to “be briefed” by the experts. Most of us, if we subscribed to a daily report on, say, astrophysics, would probably need some help interpreting it. But when it comes to intelligence, Obama is apparently so brilliant he can absorb the most complicated topics by himself in his study. He does not need to sit down for up to an hour a day with top intelligence officials, or hold more than 100 “deep dives” in which he invites CIA analysts into the Oval Office and gives them direct access to the commander in chief to discuss their areas of expertise. Such meetings are crutches this president does not need. Written briefings, questions and comments are enough. Obama has more important things to do — such as attend Las Vegas fundraisers.

    Comment by heliotrope — September 13, 2012 @ 10:34 pm - September 13, 2012

  31. On the live ammo falsehood:

    Marine spokesman at Pentagon Lt Col Chris Hughes says these reports are NOT true. This is on the record:

    “The Ambassador and RSO have been completely and appropriately engaged with the security situation. No restrictions on weapons or weapons status have been imposed. This information comes from the Det Commander at AMEMB Cairo.”

    http://nation.foxnews.com/us-embassy-attack/2012/09/13/reports-marines-not-permitted-live-ammo

    Too late, though. I’m sure the echo chambers will be repeating long after it’s been debunked.

    Comment by Mike R. — September 14, 2012 @ 12:07 am - September 14, 2012

  32. #5 Instead he’s gone fundraising in Nevada…and, hopefully, working in some golf.

    Comment by AZ Mo in NYC — September 14, 2012 @ 1:28 am - September 14, 2012

  33. I’m a non gay ,who by shear happenstance .found this wep page(Gay patriot). It’s very in lightening . Though we live on two different sides of reality on many issues. I see that we do have some very common concerns. 1-being the media (main stream) , #2-Pres. Odamanation It looks as though, we do have common ground after all. To quote an unknown author ” The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” (To clarify my statement.). I do not consider the gay community my enemy. We just have different views on many issues . One thing is for sure .—– Obama must go. With respect. Tom Kaz. Go in peace!

    Comment by Tom Kaz — September 14, 2012 @ 7:02 am - September 14, 2012

  34. Marine spokesman at Pentagon Lt Col Chris Hughes says these reports are NOT true. This is on the record:

    “The Ambassador and RSO have been completely and appropriately engaged with the security situation. No restrictions on weapons or weapons status have been imposed. This information comes from the Det Commander at AMEMB Cairo.”

    One question: did the diplomatic territory places where Marines were NOT posted give live ammo to the Marines who were not posted there?

    Comment by heliotrope — September 14, 2012 @ 12:43 pm - September 14, 2012

  35. A denial from this administration is hardly a debunking. They don’t exactly have a sterling record for honesty and transparency. (Fast and Furious)

    Comment by V the K — September 14, 2012 @ 3:19 pm - September 14, 2012

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