Fox Omits Important Day From Benghazi Timeline To Attack Obama


Fox aired an inaccurate timeline of what President Obama said about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Fox's timeline left out a key date, September 13, when Obama labeled the attack an "act of terror" twice.

The right-wing media have repeatedly made the false claim that Obama did not call the Benghazi attack an act of terror until well after the attack. Mitt Romney repeated the falsehood in the second presidential debate. After moderator Candy Crowley fact-checked his error, she was attacked by the right-wing media.

But Crowley's correction didn't put the issue to rest for Fox. Here is their bogus timeline:


While the timeline does note that Obama said "acts of terror" on September 12, Fox didn't note Obama's statement on the attack at a campaign stop in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, Obama said, "As for the ones we lost last night:  I want to assure you, we will bring their killers to justice. And we want to send a message all around the world -- anybody who would do us harm:  No act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America."

Nor did Fox note that during an appearance the same day in Golden, Colorado, Obama made a very similar statement: "So what I want all of you to know is that we are going to bring those who killed our fellow Americans to justice. I want people around the world to hear me:  To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. It will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world.  No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America."

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