Saturday, October 31, 2015

Marco Rubio’s claim that Hillary ‘lied’ about Benghazi, debunked

By Greg Sargent
October 30, WashPost

One of Marco Rubio’s big moments at the GOP debate came when he played David to the mainstream media’s Goliath, launching a stone from his rhetorical slingshot that tagged the MSM between the eyes and brought it staggering to its knees. Rubio attacked the news media, suggesting it had covered up the fact that the GOP Benghazi hearings had actually unmasked Hillary Clinton as a “liar.”

This will continue to be a huge selling point for Rubio. It will be presented to GOP primary voters as evidence that he has the political killer instinct it takes to take on both Hillary Clinton and the liberal media, which will naturally want to destroy the GOP nominee.

But Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler has now published a careful examination of Rubio’s claim, concluding that there is “little support” for it, and adding: “he does not have enough evidence to label Clinton a liar.” Kessler’s verdict: Two Pinocchios.

Rubio claimed that on the night of the attacks, Clinton sent private emails to her family saying the Benghazi attacks were caused by terrorists, but publicly blamed spontaneous protests. Rubio said: “She spent over a week telling the families of those victims and the American people that it was because of a 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.”

(More here.)

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