Fox & Friends Falsely Claims Obama Called Benghazi a 'Sideshow' (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Today, Fox News' morning show "Fox & Friends" falsely accused President Obama of dismissing the deaths of four Americans in the September 2012 Benghazi, Libya attack as a "sideshow" (video below).

Fox & Friends showed a clip of President Obama at his press conference yesterday with the  text below reading: "DISMISSING DEAD AMERICANS" and President Says Benghazi a "Sideshow," reports MediaMatters.org.

Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kimeade said the president "essentially dismissed Benghazi as a political sideshow."

"The president probably knew he was going to possibly get the question now after ABC jumped into the game last week," said Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson. "But to say that is a sideshow, is that offensive to the four people who died in Benghazi? If you're one of those family members today, do you think that's offensive to call this a sideshow?"

Seconds later, Carlson added: "We still have not apprehended anybody for those murders, number one. If he's talking about the talking points being a sideshow, you now have people saying that they were changed 12 times and what the White House said originally, they only changed two words, may not be the truth."

Carlson did not mention that Fox News had edited out the lengthy beginning of President Obama's answer, which was the following:

With respect to Benghazi, we've now seen this argument that's been made by some folks primarily up on Capitol Hill for months now.  And I've just got to say -- here's what we know.  Americans died in Benghazi.  What we also know is clearly they were not in a position where they were adequately protected.  The day after it happened, I acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism.  And what I pledged to the American people was that we would find out what happened, we would make sure that it did not happen again, and we would make sure that we held accountable those who had perpetrated this terrible crime.

And that's exactly what we've been trying to do.  And over the last several months, there was a review board headed by two distinguished Americans -- Mike Mullen and Tom Pickering -- who investigated every element of this.  And what they discovered was some pretty harsh judgments in terms of how we had worked to protect consulates and embassies around the world.  They gave us a whole series of recommendations.  Those recommendations are being implemented as we speak.

Source: MediaMatters.org