Obama blames Fox News for making Benghazi, IRS a scandal

By Jack Minor –

 

In an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, President Barack Obama insisted that no wrongdoing occurred in Benghazi the IRS singling out conservative groups for a higher level of scrutiny than was given to other groups, choosing instead to blame Fox News for the controversy.

 

During the interview the president received some difficult questions that stand in sharp contrast to the majority of interviews with Obama which consists of softball questions.

 

When O’Reilly asked about the vast volume of evidence that the IRS was singling out tea party groups for what appeared to be political reasons, the president responded by saying the only reason the American people were talking about was because Fox News was making it a story.

 

“These kind of things keep resurfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them,” Obama said. “When you look there have been multiple hearings.”

 

The hearings the president referred to have uncovered that the IRS story has changed on multiple occasions. Initially the official story was that the issue involved two low-level staffers in Cincinnati who were rogue agents operating outside of the scope of their authority. However, it later turned out that senior IRS officials were indeed aware of the targeting.

 

The IRS scrutiny included a series of invasive questions and requests such as being asked to reveal the content of prayers made by members of the groups as well demanding groups promise to never picket outside of Planned Parenthood clinics.

 

When pressed by O’Reilly, the president insisted that nothing was done wrong, but instead the whole issue involved “bone-headed decisions.”

 

When asked if there was any corruption at all the president issued a categorical denial saying there was “not even a smidgeon of corruption.”

 

O’Reilly also waded into the issue of Benghazi, telling him that “your detractors” believed the reason his administration insisted the attack was the result of a video was to help his reelections chances.

 

The president again took a swipe at Fox News saying that “They believe it because folks like you are telling them,” and that he honestly believed it was a video and told the American people it was a terrorist attack as soon as he discovered it.

 

Investigations into Benghazi continue to uncover discrepancies in the official storyline that suggest many questions remain unanswered about the attack.

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6 Responses to Obama blames Fox News for making Benghazi, IRS a scandal

  1. jps says:

    wow, blaming Fox? why not? to blame Bush and the previous administration would be totally laughable, so, why not blame the easiest target? As long as he can avoid responsibility, he will always find someone else to blame for his failed presidency.

  2. Tim says:

    Excuse me, but I think that this article is slightly misleading. Obama did not blame Fox for making them scandals – he simply pointed out that Fox seems to be in the business of pushing the scandal narrative to it’s viewers. Those two things are subtly different – and this article seems intent on pushing the incorrect one.

  3. Charles says:

    The President is right. Fox is just trying to make scandals out of non-scandals. Fox is just a propaganda channel for the republicans and they have been for a long, long time. You can’t believe what they say. They frequently say things that are completely untrue and rarely retract anything. When they do they bury it. If you want to know what O’Reilly is read Al Franken’s book about him.

  4. Kevin says:

    The IRS “scandal” was about the IRS agents scrutinizing liberal AND conservative political groups, not just conservatives. Moreover, those groups were claiming non-political status, which is just flippin’ ridiculous, and should have been the real scandal (which would further implicate the horrendous Citizens United supreme court decision)

  5. Esther says:

    Poor Republicans are too stupid to even know when their hero has made a fool of himself.

  6. Bob says:

    Al Franken!!? A pitiful comedian who wasn’t funny, then decides to run for a Congressional seat??

    Oh wait – for the Dems, that IS unskilled labor.

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