Damage Control? White House holds off-the-record Benghazi briefing

In place of the on-the-record briefing that was rescheduled for 1:45 p.m. today, the White House held an off-the-record briefing on Benghazi.  The on-the-record briefing has been pushed back a second time to 3:15 p.m.

The most open and transparent presidency in history just shut out the American people and offsite reporters (like Politisite) who receive their daily briefing via Video from the White House.

WHbriefingThe White House held an off-the-record briefing with reporters on Friday afternoon to discuss recent revelations about the Benghazi investigation, sources familiar with the meeting tell POLITICO.

The meeting began around 12:45 p.m. and postponed the daily, on-the-record White House press briefing to 1:45 p.m. White House press secretary Jay Carney did not respond to a request for confirmation of the meeting.

The off-the-record session was announced to reporters in the wake of an ABC News report showing that White House and State Dept. officials were involved in revising the now-discredited CIA talking points about the attack on Benghazi.

W.H. holds off-the-record Benghazi briefing 

Transparency: WH Holds Benghazi Briefing … Off-the-Record

The administration routinely exerts pressure on reporters it feels are not kind enough in their coverage. Reporters like Cheryl Attkisson of CBS News have felt the hand of their bosses for “wading dangerously close to advocacy” with regard to Benghazi. No doubt this “off-the-record” meeting was designed to get all the president’s horses and all the president’s men to put the Benghazi humpty dumpty together again.

via Transparency: WH Holds Benghazi Briefing … Off-the-Record.


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  1. I’m waiting for a list of who was invited to Carney’s ‘Secret Briefing’ and a list of topics covers or transcript of what was said.

    Note* If anyone knows someone who was there or finds a list who was invited please post it! It will be interesting to see what these chosen few ‘Reporters’ actually reported.

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