Daily Mail – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney endured a sustained grilling from reporters on Wednesday as he struggled to explain an email showing the White House’s involvement in spinning a false account of why four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya less than two months before the 2012 presidential election.
The email, written by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, described a ‘prep call’ with then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice which took place four days after the September 11, 2012 terror attack, and less than a day before she was to be a guest on five different Sunday morning political talk shows.
During the initial weeks after the attack, the White House and congressional Democrats told the public that Muslim protesters, upset over a crude American-produced YouTube video mocking Islam, demonstrated outside U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi before channeling their anger toward arson and artillery.
Rhodes informed the West Wing communications team – including Carney – that one ‘goal’ of the Sept. 15, 2012 call would be to prepare Rice ‘to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.’
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