Rachel Maddow shredded those in the mainstream media who prematurely jumped on the Benghazi “scandal” bandwagon on her MSNBC show Fridays saying,
That scandal that White House weighed in–in the talking points–to make the State Department look good, that did not happen. That only happened in the cooked up dossier that Republicans in congress wrote themselves, that they said was the work of the White House, and then they shopped it to the press. And yeah, part of the scandal here is a press scandal. You know what, when you get used like this and you publish false information, false quotes, you have to correct it. But the bigger scandal, is not a press matter. It is this very stark fact that somebody in congress or somebody working for somebody in congress, a staffer, concocted a big lie to try to make the White House look desperately bad on this Benghazi scandal that they otherwise haven’t been able to get traction with. Who told the lie?
A note to my journalist pals who got involved in this scandal: If your source lied to you, they are not actually a source–they are a con artist and you are their victim. It means you don’t have to protect them any more. they are not a source. when you get lied to. When you are a tool of somebody else’s deception, when you get lied to, the person lying to you is no longer a source, they are news. Their lie to you is itself news, and can you report that news. Republican congressional offices shopped a false dossier as if it was White House’s mails. That a story. The office and staffers and members of congress maybe who did that, that is news. And if you know who it is, you can say so.
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