All Images/Media used via the Fair Use Act
2/22/2015 UPDATE: "13 HOURS" AUTHOR MITCHELL ZUCKOFF APPEARS TO BE A BIG-TIME LIBERAL, AND CATEGORICALLY IS A BIG-TIME LIBERAL ACCORDING THE NEWS BUSTERS FROM MAY 7, 2007.
As we go though this, open the links designated by the orange letters to confirm what is being said if you have any doubt as to what has been written, here.
Before we get started, I have just one question: "Where the hell is Fox News - again?!" I mean, do they do any research on these people they showcase or not? Fox in my estimation has got to be the laziest collective of so-called journalists I have ever heard of. They have a big Special on "13 Hours" and apparently don't check the background of the book's author to verify his political objectivity or ask why the very few guys like Paronto can walk around and chatter like monkeys about Benghazi but even Fox itself reported that Obama was hiding 30 Witnesses - a "report" confirmed by the Benghazi Select Committee. Unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. Wake up, Fox! Get with the frigging program! For God's sake! I mean, seriously!
Well, I decided to check up on the "13 Hours" "definitive story of what happened on the ground in Benghazi" author Mitchell Zuckoff and guess what?
Already smell something rotten - again? I do, obviously.
There's more. Much more.
Zuckoff, happily pounding the keyboard away for the very uber-liberal Salon, wrote this:
"As the House Select Committee on Benghazi begins its public hearings today, it seems likely at some point to focus on the contractors’ revelations last week that the CIA’s base chief repeatedly delayed them from responding during the crucial first minutes of the attack. It may also examine new disclosures about the Benghazi contractors’ extraordinary acts of heroism and the approximately two-dozen lives they saved during 13 hours of assaults by terrorists throughout the long night.
As valuable as those inquires could prove, it would be a missed opportunity if the committee failed to treat what happened in Benghazi as entree into a broader examination of contractors’ enormous role, and their treatment as disposable assets, in the protection of U.S. personnel, facilities and interests around the world."
Do you know what this is? It's another way of repeating the mantra of democrats on the Benghazi investigation. It is not "Is Obama responsible?" but rather it is "Let's not dwell on the facts which may lead up to that conclusion, let's just concentrate on making sure this never happens again."
He's quoted by some pretty far left sources as an authority on social security(?), such as The Progressive Socialist Democrat. No, I did not make up that name.
When Zuckoff decided to write a biography, usually a long and sometimes complex process, on whom did he chose to spend his time and energy? One of the most stridently liberal filmmakers Hollywood has ever known, Robert Altman. Want to know how stridently liberal Altman is? He has been quoted as saying
When I see an American flag flying, it’s a joke. — Robert Altman
Zuckoff teaches at Boston University. What kind of place of higher learning is Boston University? Here are a few examples which appear generally representative:
Howard Zinn, political Science Professor, is a socialist activist.
David Carr. Until his unfortunate death a few days ago, Boston U's Professor of Communication was David Carr, not a mere New York Times reporter, but a New York Times columnist, or as we are inclined to categorize NYT columnists, "Hate Spewers".
By way of example, what did Carr write in 2012? "Conservatives Should Stop 'Tired' Whining About Liberal Bias".
The Boston University Newspaper prints "non-prejudiced" tidbits like this.
Boston University hosts groups like the
This is the world in which Zuckoff lives his daily life while writing things for places like ultra-liberal Salon.
And oh yes, at the Boston Globe, he was all over the Bain issue like most liberal journalists who were generally trying to use the issue to derail Republican candidates in 2012, so IMO there is plainly more than a hint of activism present in Zuckoff's past.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to the paragraphs in purple to conclude this update in which it is shown Zuckoff's book "13 Hours" not only seemingly very strongly attempts to exonerate Obama of any wrongdoing about the response to the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi, but that message is being carried all over the nation by places like the New York Times.
2/19/2015 UPDATE IN RED, BELOW
First, if you know us, we need say nothing about our work on the Benghazi issue. But new readers abound, so it should be said as a quick intro that this group was given an unprecedented 3 effusive letters of thanks by Congressman Frank Wolf for our 17 months of consecutive days (that's right, we did not even stop for Christmas or New Years) campaign to see Wolf's resolution HRes36 enacted to establish a Benghazi Select Committee(read the article proceeding this one for more on that, and yes, obviously it was successful). Graphics we did for the Benghazi issue reached as high as 14 million views on Twitter. We successfully boycotted Fox News demanding mostly more Benghazi coverage and it appears we got it, too: on the first night of the second boycott with only one day warning Fox dashed out a previously unannounced Benghazi Special. Rather than have our demands deflated, mockery from places like Newsweek unwittingly legitimized the boycotts into a smash success (Thank you, David Friedlander).
You may want to take a peek at the video below for an encapsulation of our efforts (it looks better full-size on YouTube).
The point is, We Know Benghazi. So when 13 Hours came out and it was clear no great news would come out of it, quite frankly I, for one, skimmed it and shrugged it off. We all knew there was a stand down order, we all knew the timeline, and unless you wanted the thrill of a first-person account of what you knew already, there was not much point. I was a little bothered by the fact that so many witnesses were silenced and these three book authors were not, and while suspicions remained, we were more focused on other things. Now, however, given the emerging new landscape on this issue, I am bothered by the fact that these guys were allowed to speak. In fact, I am very much bothered by it.
The seeming tip-off that something was amiss came when something unusual began to occur; suddenly there was all this talk, meant to chide TPFA, apparently, about a "Benghazi Truth Tour". The problem was that that was coming from the very trolls who have been attacking and indeed threatening the Fire Ant's Benghazi efforts on social media and Kathy, particularly, with calls to her home for nearly two years. Yes, that's right. The same trolls who called our letters from Rep Wolf fakes even after World Net Daily had confirmed their authenticity by calling Wolf's Chief Of Staff where pushing this Benghazi Truth Tour hard! They were all there in considerable force - Stan, who posted an image of a gravestone with Kathy's name on it and then posted a map to her unlisted address; Kristen Snow White who IMO rants horrendously at Kathy and in fact called her at home with unpleasant messages - repeatedly (you should see the IMO totally unhinged unposted comments she leaves here); Randomthots, Devoe, the truly offensive Le Petite Homme (one of several obvious aliases) -the whole crew who harass TPFA virtually every single day, are all in pitching for the "Benghazi Truth Tour." (you will note that many of these so-called conservatives use Twitter handles which IMO display an obvious leftist stereotyping contempt, arrogant and seething, for the very conservatives they claim to be - Bumpkin, Randomthots, Dribblethots, Le Petite Homme ("The Little Man", changed to The Little Patriots when called out for it), etc and some more directly threatening, like Kathy's Nightmare)
So suddenly, as you might expect, there are alarms going off in my imagination loud enough to send a city population to the bomb shelters. Now suddenly this whole thing stinks. It smells rotten. Really rotten. (I'm sorry, but after all we did for the cause, and the name not being directly connected to the book title, I cannot help but think, in my opinion, that the name "Benghazi Truth" Tour was pilfered from us specifically to confuse the innocent, but so be it).
Predictably, the inescapable thought is pressing hard, now: these 3 authors are walking around not just talking about Benghazi, but collaborate, no less, on a book about what happened on the ground in Benghazi. Clearly, this makes no sense, because the chasm between being all over television with a book, blathering apparently no new information while others are being silenced by Obama's political machine for years about the exact same kind of information cannot be bridged without the foot-ties of suspicion firmly attached.
So Kathy and I initially alone questioned that situation on Twitter and unsurprisingly we were - and continue to be - met with an avalanche of abuse from these same trolls along the lines of...
... who have now taken to making gross amateurish photoshop videos of Kathy, which, IMO, means as far as those abusers are concerned, Kathy rates on the political danger scale somewhere near where Sarah Palin does, because few earn that much poison from the left. Me? Oh, I had my Twitter account suspended again - what did you expect?
Then a few of Kathy's friends (TPFA activists) jump in and an absolutely stunning Twitter exchange occurred between Amanda Williams and one of the "13 Hours" authors, Kris Paronto, the one heading on the road today, apparently for the "Benghazi Truth Tour". Look at this Twitter exchange. Read it a few times to absorb this:
Yes, you read it right. Benghazi survivor / 13 Hours co-author Kris Paronto appears to be saying that no witnesses have been silenced by Obama.
UPDATE, 12/19/2015: There has been some speculation in the last two days that the Twitter account in the screenshot making those outrageous statements might not be Kris Paronto's actual Twitter account. However, we scoured every possible piece of evidence we could find and the most conclusive of it seems to definitely confirm that it is Paronto's actual Twitter account, and that's his Twitter communication with Radio Host Lisa Benson and vice versa. And yes, that is plainly Benson's Twitter account, below, because the feed for that account is on her radio show website and her radio show website is linked to the radio station website.
Regarding Paronto's unbelievable assertion that Obama is not silencing Benghazi witnesses, please know that Rep Gowdy, chairing the Select Committee, is still trying to get the witnesses in to testify. Paronto also Tweeted elsewhere that the reports of the survivors being silenced was old news from in 2013 and people should get up-to-date. Paronto might try reading Breitbart from January of this year among dozens of other sources, since as a Benghazi survivor his statement is as utterly at-odds with what is common knowledge to congress ad people following the issue: Obama most definately is hiding/silencing Benghazi witnesses.
Manifesting a further Kafka-esque allusion to this issue, Obama's Administration is still to this day claiming to be keeping the witnesses hidden to protect their safety - so safe even Congress cannot ask them what happened when a U.S. Ambassador and his aides were murdered in Benghazi. "Hillary's concussion, "the enraging video", "protecting witnesses from Congress" - the liberal democrats of this nation are so empty in the attic that they cannot even fabricate decent second-rate fiction.
Further, Partono grossly insults all those heroes who have been silenced by Obama's political machine by saying that the silenced Benghazi heroes do not have his courage to speak - his "balls and spine" as he worded it. We can quibble over the semantics of whether he directly called all those Benghazi survivors cowards but in my opinion, he did. I think you probably share my opinion, too - this isn't rocket science. In my opinion, also, those are not the words of a "hero". In fact, in my opinion, those are the words of a real jerk, frankly, and he owes an apology to every one of the silenced witnesses and their families and he owes it to them now.
So who does say such things? Would it benefit Obama, for example, to have someone saying such things? IMO yes, very definately. You have someone - three to be exact - out there making much noise about Benghazi, giving you all the dramatic moments but nothing comes out of the book, by these three not hidden by Obama, which is damning enough to put Obama into any real legal or political jeopardy while as Benghazi Select Committee confirmed, Obama hides the others. Fancy that.
Have you heard the Benghazi Select Committee say they gleaned anything important from the book 13 Hours? Me neither. Indeed, such a book and such witnesses sucking the air out of the issue could wind up, in the long term, invoking "Benghazi fatigue" among the US citizens before anyone gets any real facts that could damage Obama legally or politically. Fancy that, too.
With the antagonists who have dogged TPFA relentlessly with defamation, abuse and threats pushing for the book and the "Benghazi Truth Tour", one must, IMO, really wonder whom is exactly behind what.
The flip side is, how does this help the Benghazi cause? I see no way. Indeed, by Paronto categorically "confirming" as I read it, against the words of every GOP congressman who has spoken about it, that Obama has not silenced any witnesses, I see no way at all that the book, the Tour or the tweets, do anything but help Obama enormously.
People will often be too polite - especially politicians - to call this kind of thing out, but in answer to your presumed hypothetical question, "Do I believe that the book and its authors, free to speak unlike the others, are shills for Obama, having proven particular loyalty as Obama employees in Benghazi?" My answer is, unfortunately, in my opinion, "That is just exactly how it looks". What Paronto tweeted a day or so ago is simply off the chart as far as I am concerned: it's grossly worded, appears to essentially call all the silenced Benghazi survivor heroes who did not co-author his book cowards and appears to attempt to clear Obama of any silencing or other censoring of the witnesses who are, after two and a half years, still trying to be had from Obama's political machine for questioning by the Republican-led Benghazi Select Committee.
UPDATE: Back to 13 Hours author Zuckoff. I have come to a conclusion - and I bet you have too, that will make Fox, the Left and especially Obama's people and fans extremely uncomfortable to have said out in the open air and bright sunshine: In my very, very extremely firmly held opinion ("opinion" is a must-do qualifier to avoid the hassles of legions of leftist lawyer trolls, and it is opinion, though systematically arrived-at), Fox and much of the media have been conned by a very clever pro-Obama and probably White House-organized propaganda operation to have exactly the effect it is having: to give places like the New York Times and Media Matters a way to cover for Obama on Benghazi by being able to say things like this to the world:
But as the contractors explained to Tapper, though they believe they could have done more to save American lives that night had they been allowed to leave immediately, they did not view the decision as one of "malice" towards Americans, nor did they place the blame for the decision on anyone higher up than the base chief.
As the New York Times noted , their story "fits with the publicly known facts and chronology" we already knew about the non-existent "stand down" order. For example, the Associated Press reported last year on the disagreement between CIA leaders and security contractors about the delay to try to gather support from militia allies, citing Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland pointing to the disagreement as a possible source of the "stand down" myth.
This situation is truly horrible and this is now no time to mince words or get our undies in a bunch about invoking uncomfortable facts and questions about men whom even Fox has called heroes. Anyone can call them heroes. Everyone can call them heroes. It does not change the apparent fact that Zuckoff, as NewsBusted said in 2007, is a hard core-leftist; it does not change the fact that Zuckoff's book appears to get Obama off the hook for the stand-down order; it does not change the fact the Paranto and just a couple of others - directly connected to Zuckoff's book - are allowed to talk Benghazi while the state department is keeping a couple of dozen hidden from Congress(!) and it does not change the fact that Paronto said those others simply lacked "Balls and Spine" to speak out and claimed, contrary to the Select Committee itself, that Obama was not silencing any witnesses.
This is insane. This is plain and outright bullsh*t being performed in broad daylight in front of the world while Fox once again betrays the conservatives which made it successful by legitimizing this story without questioning the players to determine if they have a political agenda or not.
WHERE IS FOX ON THIS?! Do we have to lead another boycott again?!
Okay, let's cut the crap and get down to it. Fox will not report this. No one will report this. Not at least, until you make it impossible to ignore. I would say "spread this blog memo everywhere", but that might sound self-promoting for its own sake so I will say GET THIS INFORMATION OUT THERE. Post links to this blog, paraphrase it, use the links in this article. Anything. Anything! We - you included in heart and soul - did not work several hours a day every single day for seventeen months for a Benghazi Select Committee only to have justice for the Benghazi dead checkmated by a book written by a hard-core liberal, some unbelievably ignorant media coverage and enough incompetent GOP House members, not having the slightest idea how to handle this, will otherwise smile and nod and forget about it and thus truly and in actuality derail justice. The world needs to see Obama held to account for Benghazi by that Select Committee and IMO this book and its associations are something the Committee needs to open up like a rotten can of sardines - because it stinks to high heaven and only the most naive, child-like or truly stupid citizens cannot see what is happening with this information placed before them, now. For the sake of the Benghazi dead, for America's sake, for your kid's sake, get this information out into the world. Do not let "Obama was not responsible" from a book written by a liberal to be the narrative that denies justice to the Benghazi dead. As long as it's legal I don't care how you get the word out, please just do it. I am imploring now. Yes, I will even say I am begging, because justice for the Benghazi slain is worth it. Just do it. Just do it!
EDIT: IS IS NOW AN "ALSO" SUGGESTION. GETTING THE WORD OUT IS JOB ONE. TPFA is about getting things done. So what to do about this? Here is what I would suggest. Be polite to the authors and IMO simply download the image of Amanda's Twitter exchange with Paronto, above, and, via the Fair Use Act, get it into the hands of every GOP congressman you can on Twitter and elsewhere, particularly those on the Benghazi Select Committee: they have been trying to get Obama to release the witnesses to testify for ages, and Paronto's remarks suggest he knows more about the issue than they do, so they need to ask him some questions, such as "why did he say over two dozen Benghazi survivor heroes lacked "balls and spines", "how does he know Obama is not silencing the other witnesses the Select Committee has been unable to get from the administration" and to "describe all the communications has he had with the Obama administration since returning from Benghazi with the understanding that neglecting to give any would, IMO, be tantamount to criminal perjury." And if Paronto shows up in your town for a book signing, be very polite, even gracious, as you quietly ask him the same things. Questions at a book signing relevant to the theme of the book are everyday occurrences and we'd love to see the videos.
Get cracking, you Fire Ants!
Remember, you read it all here first, at the original, well-known and Congressionally- praised (we are grateful for that) BENGHAZI TRUTH.