Old WH response to Benghazi: Phony scandal. New response: Dude, like we don’t remember!

By now, you have doubtless seen the clip of former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor answering Bret Baier’s questions about Benghazi, but if you haven’t, the video appears below. Thomas Lifson has the transcript of Thursday’s interview on Fox News Channel at American Thinker.

The money exchange occurs when Baier grills Vietor on who changed the word attacks to demonstrations in the talking points that were parroted by Susan Rice on five news shows the Sunday after the Sept. 11 raid.

Vietor’s remarkable reaction — remarkable both because he is too nerdy-looking to carry off the bored surfer routine and secondly because the answer is grossly inappropriate coming from a onetime high-level White House spokesman — is:

Dude, this was, like, two years ago. We’re still talking about the most mundane thing.

Baier’s response is deservedly snide: He leads with the word dude, said as mockingly as he can muster. But let’s go back to the videotape, as Werner Wolf used to say, because what comes next is also astonishing:

BAIER: Dude, it’s what everybody is talking about.

VIETOR: We’re talking about the process of editing talking points. That’s what bureaucrats do all day long. Your producers edit scripts multiple times.

Vietor is comparing the editing of talking points by a news producer with the White House changing a narrative about an attack that killed four Americans — this less than two months before a presidential election!  So will this be the official administration response to the questions by the select committee that is being organized at last to get to the bottom of what appears to be a cover-up?

Or will Barack Obama further sully the office of the Presidency by calling the question a stinkburger?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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