With Spokesfolks Like This…

…no wonder Obama’s State Department is such a disaster

On Sunday morning, BuzzFeed correspondent Michael Hastings emailed Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide and personal spokesman at the State Department, asking a series of pointed questions about State’s handling of the Benghazi fiasco, and Reines’ over-the-top attack on CNN. The emails quickly got personal, with Reines calling Hastings an “unmitigated asshole” before an exchange of harsh words on both sides.

Read the whole exchange.

I think CNN did the right thing. This part of the exchange sums it up:

From my perspective, the scandal here is that the State Department had such inadequate security procedures in place that four Americans were killed. And then the Ambassador’s diary–and who knows what else–was left behind for anyone to pick up. Thankfully, it was CNN–and not Al Qaeda or some other militia–that found it and was able to return it to the family. That CNN used portions of the material in the diary they found at the scene–material that appears to contradict the official version of events that State/WH has been putting out–is completely in line with practices of good journalism.

Total, unmitigated disaster.

Oh, sorry, I meant “bump in the road.”

My bad.

4 Responses to “With Spokesfolks Like This…”

  1. JeffS says:

    Don’t forget about “ignoring the noise”.

  2. aelfheld says:

    Can’t say CNN’s handling of the diary was the right thing but of the two, the State Department does have a leg up in the loathsomeness department.

  3. currently says:

    Or maybe you meant “Obama’s a bump on the log”.

  4. NJSue says:

    I do not remember an administration that has spent so much time criticizing and whining about the media, whether it be CNN, Fox, or Rush Limbaugh. It is completely inappropriate for the White House to complain about the activities of free media. If you can’t take the heat, get out.

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