David Rhodes (Brother of Ben “Talking Points” Rhodes) Said Day After Benghazi That Government Thought It Was a “Coordinated Effort”
CBS News President David Rhodes described what the “government” believed about the Benghazi attack the day after it happened, saying it was not just a “mob reaction” to a film. He also predicted the incident would quickly become part of a political battle between President Obama and Governor Romney.
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Rhodes interjected a parenthetical note about the “pretty alarming” situation saying, “Our government thinks that, you know, there’s a really good chance this was not just a spontaneous mob reaction to what some thought was an offensive film but actually a coordinated effort timed to the 9/11 anniversary.”
Yeah, but what does David Rhodes know about what the government thinks? Especially about Benghazi! It’s not like he has any connections to anyone in the administration, or at least anyone who would know anything about Benghazi!
Or . . . does he?
Ben Rhodes’s brother is of course David Rhodes, the president of CBS News — although, if you’re a CBS viewer, maybe I shouldn’t assume that you know that. . . . Two days later [after David Rhodes's statement], Sexton reminds us, Ben Rhodes sent out an e-mail ahead of Susan Rice’s Sunday show appearances urging her “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”
Astute readers will remember my post this morning, in which I said:
I think the next step is to examine statements by people close to Obama — or even people close to people who are close to Obama — just after the attack, to see if they were letting it slip, accidental-like, that the attack was a planned terrorist attack.
Which then led, in this morning’s post, to an abrupt and startling transition to a piece about . . . David Rhodes.
Coincidence? You be the judge.