~ Where the Sun Will Never Set on Our liberty ~
I was sitting at my desk thinking about the reporting since September 2012, I thought about the weirdest of all and the worst of all for me personally! I remembered a disturbing phone call from a good friend in the Obama Administration. I have known this friend for years. The call was a short time after 9/11 (maybe Oct. 2012?) In the call, my friend told me that my colleague Jennifer Griffin, who was aggressively reporting on Benghazi, was wrong and that, as a favor to me, my friend in the Administration was telling me so that I could tell Jennifer so that she did not ruin her career. My friend was telling me to tell Jennifer to stop her reporting. Ruin her career? In 20 plus years, I have never received a call to try and shut down a colleague – not that I even could – this was a first. Here is what I know: Jennifer is a class act….experienced..and a very responsible journalist. One of the absolute best in the business – no axe to grind, she just wants the facts. I told my friend before I go to Jennifer telling her she is wrong, I need proof she is wrong, strong proof and you need to be specific – what are you saying she is getting wrong? We went around and around — including the statement again that this was just a call as a favor to Jennifer and me to save Jennifer’s career from reporting incorrect information. I got no proof. Zero. I smelled a rat. Favor to me? Hardly. My friend was trying to use me. I feel bad that a friend did that to me, tried to use me for a dirty reason. I knew then — and it is now confirmed by BIPARTISAN Senate Intelligence Committee — Jennifer was getting her facts right. I think it is really low for the Administration to stoop this low.
Good to see you, Peter. I agree that Greta bears some responsibility for not speaking out at all until now. I think most Republicans are liberal-lights. The Tea Party has begun purging the party, and we face continual attempts to thwart that!
Thanks for posting this. Tweeted it out, and posted it on FB. Greta should have said something sooner!
Personally, I believe there are 2 explanations (excuses) as to why she didn't mention it before now. 1) She was afraid to. Afraid she might lose her job (or worse?) Afraid the left would laugh at her to the point of her losing credibility? Afraid she might lose the friendship and/or source of a "good friend in the Obama Administration?" 2) She didn't want to rock the boat during the election (for any number of reasons.)
I hesitate to accuse her of not wanting to hinder Obama's election. I think it was probably more personal than that. And it makes me wonder how many more "phone calls" were made and not mentioned.
All good points, Deb. I also hesitate to suggest it was because of the election! No proof? Gee, Jennifer Griffin was after that proof. I lost a lot of respect for her with this one.
She sure should have come out sooner!