Wait! A CNN Reporter Coordinated Benghazi Coverage With Hillary Clinton? No!

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Last week CNN suspended a reporter name Elise Labott for editorializing on a vote by the US House of Representatives. The issue was a bill, which passed with a veto proof majority, to halt the movement of Syrian refugees to the United States pending a review of our vetting procedures. This common sense act, rare in the House, offended Labott’s sensibilities.


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That a CNN reporter would be a lackwit incapable of understanding an issue is not news. That, seemingly, is part of the screening criteria used by their CNN’s human resources department in hiring. That a CNN reporter would be a left wing hack devoted to using their position to advance a personal agenda is, likewise, not newsworthy. Who can forget when the ironically named Candy Crowley threw her more than ample weight into the 2012 presidential debate she was moderating on behalf of Barack Obama.

What makes Labott unusual is that now we have a smoking gun that proves she slanted her news coverage of Hillary Clinton during her January 2013 Benghazi testimony. Well, slanted is not the right word. She sent her work to Hillary’s press guru, Philippe Reines, for approval before releasing it.

The emails, which were released to the website Gawker, show that Elise Labott, a foreign affairs reporter at CNN, took guidance from Clinton aide Philippe Reines by posting a tweet criticizing Kentucky [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] for asking Clinton tough questions during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Labott also coordinated with Reines to post a favorable quote from Clinton’s testimony, which she gave just a week before she left office.

In the Reines emails, which are the subject of a Gawker lawsuit against the State Department, Labott appears to pick up on a previous conversation she was having with Reines during the Benghazi hearing, asking him: “are you sure rand paul wasn’t at any hearings?”


Check out this exchange:

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And here it is:

What is notable about this is that Reines obviously requested the tweets from Labott and she sent them to him for pre-approval. And lest you think this is an innocent, one-off behavior, hold on: labott email2   Here Reines has suggested a “good Tweet.” What might that tweet have looked like. The Blaze examined Labott’s twitter feed and pinged this one:

But, as the the infomercial guy says, there is more. Labott deliberately mislead colleagues at CNN and at other networks on behalf of Clinton.

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Kind of funny, isn’t it, that she got suspended for editorializing where we could see it but rewarded for recycling Clinton spin and hiding it as news reporting? It makes you think her real sin was getting exposed.

This is not journalism this is a specific instance of that [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] was talking about:

The Democrats have the ultimate super PAC; it’s called the mainstream media. Last week Hillary Clinton went before a committee. She admitted she had sent emails to her family, saying, Hey, this attack on Benghazi was caused by Al-Qaeda-like elements. She spent over a week telling the families of those victims and the American people that it was because of the video, and yet the mainstream media is going around saying it was the greatest week in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. It was the week she got exposed as a liar. She has a super PAC helping her out, the American mainstream media.


Why anyone continues to think of CNN as anything but an arm of the Clinton presidential bid is beyond me and that any of our candidates speak to CNN shows how much we have to learn about how the US media operates.


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