Liberals rejoiced on Twitter after reading a front page New York Times story debunking theories that Al Qaeda was behind the attacks in Benghazi.
Instead, the report stated that a "crude" YouTube video criticizing Muslims was in part to blame, along with “false allies.”
Tommy Vietor, a former Obama spokesman, led the charge, attacking Fox News.
Hey Fox News, there's "no evidence that Al Qaeda or other international terrorist groups had any role in the assault" in #Bengazi
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) December 28, 2013
Obama’s campaign architect calls the report … the truth.
For anyone interested in the truth-and not the politics- about Bengazi, this is exhaustive piece is must read. http://t.co/WPU4wSHV17
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 29, 2013
The Nation Editor and Publisher, Katrina VanDenHeuvel, took her shot, by retweeting this tweet:
Right wing: "Benghazi was a well-planned Al Qaeda terror attack." Uh ... nope: http://t.co/lKfV4PHMiv— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) December 28, 2013
But not everyone was so captivated by the veracity of the report.
Fox News contributor and USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers questions the reporter’s objectivity implying he set out to prove his original premise that a video incited the violence.
The @nytimes has reporter who claimed Benghazi caused by You Tube video do an investigation into what caused attack. Guess what he found?
— Kirsten Powers (@kirstenpowers10) December 29, 2013
On "Fox News Sunday," Michigan Republican Congressman Rogers defended his position that Al Qaeda was involved in Benghazi. And Weekly Standard senior writer and Fox News contributor, Stephen Hayes, points to a Democrat – on the Intelligence Committee – who, on FNS, disagrees with the Times report..
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) December 29, 2013
Meanwhile Politico Magazine’s Glenn Thrush pulled the journo card cautioning armchair quarterbacking of David Kirkpatrick’s reporting.
Every criticism of @ddknyt story should start with 'I didn't have the balls to go to Benghazi or interview militia leaders myself, but...'
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) December 29, 2013
Interesting argument. But Washington would be a ghost town if anyone followed his advice. And cable channels would have to run color bars.
Seems like Mrs. McCaskill got the better Christmas present. While the AP reports that the company owned by the senator’s husband bought an airplane she could use, she tweets about his gift, a T-shirt.
If you knew my husband you would know that his new Christmas tshirt is very very funny. pic.twitter.com/TIRrdRUytB
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) December 29, 2013
It should have said: My wife is a U.S. senator, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.
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