As we reported Sunday, liberal Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift claimed that Ambassador Chris Stevens was not murdered in the Sept. 11, 2012 terror attack in Benghazi. When given an opportunity to revise her statement on Tuesday’s edition of the “Steve Malzberg Show,” she doubled down, claiming she was “trying to add a little bit of complexity” to the story, Mediaite reported.
“I was taking issue with the sort of glib use of the word ‘murdered,’” she told Malzberg. “My point is that it was a very chaotic event . The CIA was involved which is why there was a lot of confusion initially, and that all the questions that this special committee is raising have been asked and answered in previous investigations.”
“What about the people at 9/11?” Malzberg asked in response. “Were they not murdered?”
“I was just trying to add a little bit of complexity, and I’m going to stick with what I said,” Clift said. “I realize this causes a lot of emotion.”
“How would you describe his death?” Malzberg asked.
“The way the word has been tossed around I think leaves a different image in people’s minds,” Clift explained. “When you tell most people how the ambassador died, they appear not to have understood what happened.”
“If he was, God forbid, your relative, would you tell people that he was murdered or not?” Malzberg asked.
“I would say he died of smoke inhalation,” Clift responded.
Malzberg gave her several opportunities to walk back her claim, but Clift stuck to her original comments, which as we reported, sparked a great deal of anger from a number of people.
“If you die in a terrorist attack, were you not murdered?” Malzberg ask incredulously.
“Sir, I’m going to stick with my explanation,” Clift answered.
Pat Buchanan, one of the panelists present when Clift made her comments, told Sean Hannity Tuesday he was “stunned cold for about 30 seconds” after she made her statement. He and Susan Ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent for the Washington Examiner, tried to correct Clift, but she stood by her comments.
In addition to claiming that Ambassador Stevens was not murdered, she parroted administration talking points that the attack was the result of an obscure online video. Again, Buchanan corrected her, but to no avail. As Ed Morrissey noted at the conservative blog Hot Air, the White House disavowed those talking points two weeks after attempting to float them.
“It’s sheer idiocy to argue that deaths in the attack were somehow just coincidences,” he wrote. “Even in US civil law, deaths that take place during the commission of felonies are charged as murder, and usually first-degree murder in most jurisdictions, regardless of whether the deaths were intentional or not.”
But it seems facts don’t matter to some in the so-called “mainstream media.” All that matters is protecting the administration.
Video of the exchange can be seen above.