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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Featured, International, Politics | 30 comments

Fact-checking Benghazi Claims

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Politifact.com weighs in on Benghazi claims of both parties.

False

After the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, “the ambassador’s body was dragged through the street.”  

Laura Ingraham, Saturday, May 3rd, 2014.

Ruling: False | Details

Mostly False

In discussing the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, “Ms. Rice did say ‘a terrorist attack.’ It’s not that she put the whole thing on the video.”  

Cokie Roberts, Sunday, May 4th, 2014.

Ruling: Mostly False | Details

False

“The amount of attention paid this week to Chris Christie makes the coverage of Benghazi … pale in significance.”  

Karl Rove, Sunday, January 12th, 2014.

Ruling: False | Details

Pants on Fire!

The White House had a live video feed of the Benghazi attacks as they occurred.

David Dewhurst, Monday, October 14th, 2013.

Ruling: Pants on Fire! | Details

Pants on Fire!

An account of attacks in Benghazi written by former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers shows that the body of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was “dragged through the streets” and abused.

Chain email, Wednesday, September 4th, 2013.

Ruling: Pants on Fire! | Details

Mostly False

“Republicans actually doctored emails between administration officials about Benghazi. Then, they released them to the press, trying to pass them off as real.”

Democratic National Committee, Friday, May 24th, 2013.

Ruling: Mostly False | Details

Mostly False

Says Hillary Clinton “was asked repeatedly to provide security in Benghazi on several occasions, including direct cables.”

Rand Paul, Sunday, May 19th, 2013.

Ruling: Mostly False | Details

False

“We had people that were getting killed (in Benghazi), we had people who are willing to risk their lives to go save them, and somebody told them to stand down.”

Jason Chaffetz, Monday, May 6th, 2013.

Ruling: False | Details

Mostly False

“Over the last several months, there was a review board headed by two distinguished Americans, Mike Mullen and Tom Pickering, who investigated every element of” the Benghazi incident.

Barack Obama, Monday, May 13th, 2013.

Ruling: Mostly False | Details

Mostly False

When Susan Rice spoke about Benghazi on Sunday news shows, she said “that al-Qaida might be involved, or other al-Qaida affiliates might be involved, or non-al-Qaida Libyan extremists, which I think demonstrates that there was no effort to play that down.”

Jay Carney, Friday, May 10th, 2013.

Ruling: Mostly False | Details

Half-True

Says President Obama waited two weeks to call the attack in Libya “terror.”

Mitt Romney, Tuesday, October 16th, 2012.

Ruling: Half-True | Details

Cross-posted from the Sensible Center

http://thesensiblecentercom.blogspot.com/2014/05/fact-checking-benghazi-claims.html

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