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The Rhodes Goals: Not “The Truth” Every One Of Four Goals Urges A Lie.

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The story of Ben Rhodes’ emails broke yesterday with plenty of time to make today’s papers.  In fact I read The USA Today story describing the email in which  “White House official Ben Rhodes lists ‘goals’ for then-U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to meet in explaining the attack and protests occurring across the Middle East that week to the American public” on yesterday’s radio show.

The Washington Post notes the crucial subject line of the email: “PREP CALL with Susan”

The USA Today story notes:

The e-mail, sent to various officials including White House spokesman Jay Carney, said one goal was “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

Another goal was “to reinforce the president and administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”

Jen Rubin has a round up of key reactions.  Powerline’s John Hineraker calls it “The Benghazi Scandal In One E-Mail,” and he’s right.

Nothing appears in the New York Times on this major story.  The National Journal’s Ron Fronier on the the problem the White House faces (HT: The Washington Free Beacon):

“It began to undermine their credibility. Starting with Benghazi, then the IRS incident, and with ACA; the idea that you could keep you doctor if you wanted to. It’s undermining his credibility, that’s what has brought down his numbers,” Fournier said on CNN’s New Day.

The impact of what Senator Lindsey Graham calls “the smoking gun” will be the subject of today’s show.



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