CBS News President David Rhodes was not involved in editorial discussions on Wednesday about whether “CBS Evening News” should cover a newly released email written by his brother Ben Rhodes, the White House deputy national security adviser, according to a network spokesperson.
The email, written by Rhodes shortly after the deadly 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, showed how the White House played a role in shaping the talking points Susan Rice, then the ambassador to the United Nations, was to use in interviews.
Fox News and other conservative outlets have long claimed that the Benghazi attack hasn’t received enough media attention, even as the subject’s been hashed out numerous times in White House briefing room and journalists have covered the story consistently. The latest email disclosure has only added to the long-running critique that the media is covering up for a Democratic White House.
While “CBS This Morning” reported on the email Wednesday morning, the evening newscast did not — a decision that caught the attention of the Washington Free Beacon. The website pointed out the Rhodes connection on Wednesday, and the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, followed up Thursday with a piece titled: “Two Brothers at Center of Benghazi Controversy: One Runs CBS News, the Other Is Obama’s Adviser.”
“White House Correspondent Bill Plante reported the story on ‘CBS This Morning,’ with a disclaimer about the relationship, as well as CBS News Radio and CBSNews.com,” a CBS News spokeswoman told HuffPost. “There also was a thorough editorial discussion about it at ‘CBS Evening News’ and David Rhodes was not involved.”
The Rhodes brothers angle only adds to suggestions this week that CBS News hasn’t been aggressive enough when it comes to Benghazi.
My concern is a little bit bigger than Benghazi. I don’t know about y’all, but if my lawyer and the opposing lawyer were related, I’d want to know about it. And I damn sure would want to know if the other lawyer was related to the judge. If I was the judge and there was relationship between opposing counsels I would make sure both parties (or the defendant in a criminal case) were on record as explicitly waiving any claims of conflict. If I was judge and I was related to one of the attorneys I would have to recuse myself or face discipline.
In Washington DC there is apparently no such thing as conflict of incest. People shamelessly float back and forth from jobs in the media to jobs in political campaigns to jobs in the government. Why should a little thing like a familial relationship get in the way?
I really don’t know anything about the Rhodes brothers. Maybe they hate each other and haven’t spoken in years. Or maybe they talk every day. I’m pretty sure that the White House wouldn’t have given Ben Rhodes the job if they were concerned about what he might tell David.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned. The problem is it isn’t just this one relationship. Washington DC is more incestuous than Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi combined. It’s one big family affair.
Michael Morell, who retired as deputy director of the CIA last summer, has joined CBS News as an intelligence, national security and counterterrorism contributor, the network announced this week.
Morell has held various senior leadership positions during his career at the CIA, including being a key player in the search for Osama bin Laden. He also took the blame for editing the White House’s talking points on the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, removing the references to al-Qaeda.
But wait! There’s more!
When Morell left the CIA last summer, he went to work as a consultant at Beacon Global Strategies LLC, a firm with close ties to Hillary Clinton.
Some speculate Morell may have higher political ambitions considering his employment at Beacon Global Strategies, a government relations firm founded by close Hillary Clinton confidante Philippe I. Reines.
Reines was Hillary’s image man, senior advisor and spokesman and very much involved in covering up what happened in Benghazi. Reines became infamous when he cursed out a BuzzFeed correspondent who was asking questions about Ambassador Stevens’ diary.
Beacon is all Hillaried up. Its other co-founder and managing director, Andrew Shapiro, was Hillary’s Senior Advisor.
In Washington DC as long as you keep your mouth shut and follow orders you will be taken care of. It’s the rest of us who get fucked.