Talking Points Memo: Will Libya Lose the Election for President Obama?
On last night’s O’Reilly Factor, Bill O’Reilly discussed the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and whether the administration’s handling of it will hurt President Obama’s chances in the election.
New details came out yesterday when Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin reported that U.S. officials denied an urgent request for help by CIA operators during the attack.
Also yesterday on "The Michael Smerconish Show," President Obama said he “was not personally aware of any request” and would find out exactly what happened that day.
O’Reilly asserts that
President Obama once again has failed to explain the events that occurred on September 11th in Libya. “So much misinformation has been put out there by the Obama administration, you would think that six weeks after the attack some kind of clarity could be put forth by the president. But he doesn’t have to do it because the press is not pushing him.”
One example Bill O’Reilly points to is an interview this week with NBC’s Brian Williams who had a chance to ask the president tough questions. Williams “passed” on the opportunity and the president again said, “we’re going to do a full investigation.”
O'Reilly feels that Williams did not give the proper attention to Libya by moving on from the subject after one question. "This is one big mess and the national media is not demanding answers, nor did Governor Romney during the foreign policy debate," O'Reilly said.
In Bill O’Reilly’s view, “When the damage and death became fully known, the Obama administration tried to manage it rather than report it.” He believes that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney did not assess the situation properly and were told what to say.
The question that should have been asked, according to O’Reilly, is: Who told Rice and Carney what to say? “President Obama has to know the answer to that. It’s inconceivable that he doesn’t,” O'Reilly said.
Finally, Bill O’Reilly would like honest reporting to come from the administration. “Just tell the folks the truth, Mr. President. Tell us what you know and who you are holding responsible for this mess.”
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