Now the tables are turned.
Listen to the folks at CNN whine:
US State Dept. blasts CNN report on Stevens' diaryI say, Boo Freaking Hoo.
By Lynn Elber, AP Television Writer
Los Angeles (AP) — CNN reported on the personal journal of slain American ambassador Christopher Stevens over objections from his family, a State Department spokesman said Saturday.
The news channel, in a story posted online Saturday, said that it found a journal belonging to Stevens four days after he died in a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Three other Americans also were killed.
CNN broke a pledge to the late ambassador's family that it wouldn't report on the diary, said State Department spokesman Philippe Reines, a senior adviser to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In a blistering statement, Reines called CNN's actions "indefensible."
The channel said in the story online that it took "newsworthy tips" from Stevens' diary and confirmed them with other sources. Citing an unidentified source "familiar with Stevens' thinking," CNN said that the ambassador was concerned about security threats in Benghazi and a "rise in Islamic extremism."
In a statement Saturday, CNN defended its use of the journal's contents and asked "why is the State Department now attacking the messenger."
"CNN did not initially report on the existence of a journal out of respect for the family, but we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting, which we did," the channel said.
The public has a right to know what CNN learned from "multiple sources" about fears and warnings of a terror threat before the Benghazi attack, the channel said, "which are now raising questions about why the State Department didn't do more to protect Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel."
Stevens' family was informed within hours about the discovery of the journal, a hard-bound book that included seven handwritten pages. It was returned to them via a third party, according to CNN's online story.
An Italian official took control of the diary from CNN in Benghazi at the State Department's request, and it is en route back to Stevens' family, the department said.
"Given the truth of how this was handled, CNN patting themselves on the back is disgusting," Reines said in his statement. [link]
And a plague on both their houses.
Obama's government - as is its custom - is trying to deflect criticism for its having done nothing to protect our ambassador in Libya - nothing - from harm. As is made clear in the diary left in the rubble of the burned-out consulate building.
It'll get no sympathy from me.
But to watch CNN play the victim is rather entertaining.
The people who made the decision to lift information from Ambassador Stevens' private journal - after his murder - and not report the source is wrong. Totally wrong. And to not return the journal to his family until it had gleaned everything from it the cable channel's reporters could was reprehensible.
It's worth remembering, though, that it wasn't CNN that created conditions that allowed for an American ambassador and his staff to be totally defenseless in a hostile Muslim land on 9/11. It was Hillary.
So a plague on both their houses.
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Not that the journal provided CNN with any useful insight:
Despite Having Ambassador's Journal That Suggests Otherwise, CNN Continues to Blame Anti-Islam Film For Attack in Libya
They see what they want to see.
May God have mercy.