Conflict of Incest

This is my brother Daryl and my other brother Darrell.

This is my brother Daryl and my other brother Darrell.


CBS Says Network President Didn’t Influence Coverage Of Brother’s Benghazi Email

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,” 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.


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96 Responses to Conflict of Incest

  1. The Klown says:


    This bullshit needs to STOP.

  2. The Klown says:

    This pile of crap from kos was almost the topic of today’s post:

  3. DeniseVB says:

    I remember when Tony Snow (R.I.P) was hired from Fox to be Bush’s Press Secretary and the left just howled with their displeasure (putting it mildly). Fox is in the hen house, Fox is in the hen house!!!!1!

    At the time I was a Bushater, but I did admire Tony and the professionalism he brought to the job, unlike the arrogant Carney we have now. Here’s how Tony answers a tough question…..

  4. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      “Dude! That was like two years ago” Vietor started out carrying Obama’s luggage. Like carrying his suitcases. As a volunteer. Now he just carries his water. Dude! Suck it up and get some pride.

      • Lulu says:

        Vietor also said in that Fox interview that HE, an assistant to an assistant mouthpiece to the NSC, was in the Situation Room while Benghazi was going down. But Obama wasn’t. When asked where was Obama during this crisis he flippantly said “IN THE WHITE HOUSE”. Where was he? Eating hot dogs? Sleeping? Choom-time? Watching cartoons? What was he doing?

        • leslie says:

          Well, you can’t expect him to know where bronco was. He doesn’t have a tracking bracelet on him. That m****** f****** is an arrogant little prick.

        • Somebody says:

          I was really bothered by the fact that this little prick was even in the situation room. We only know a couple of names of people that were in the situation room, but based on that it sure seems like the only “situation” being handled in that room was re-election and ass covering. It seems to have been regarded as a wordsmithing crisis, not a national security or military crisis…… least on the surface that’s the impression.

          I assume Panetta, perhaps Dempsey and others were there that night. I assume that, but now I’m actually not quite so sure and now I want to know exactly who was there. We only know a few names that were there and the fact that Obama wasn’t there.

          • The Klown says:

            Even in dictatorships there is a certain amount of politicking that goes on. No president can completely ignore politics, but we like to pretend that they do when it’s really important.

            I am not naive, but I am something of an idealist. While politics is always going to be a factor, it should not be the controlling factor in situations like Benghazi.

            The Obama team correctly assessed that his reelection was on the line. Telling the American people the truth would have been a major embarrassment and lots of ammo for the GOP.

            What they SHOULD have done was tried to rescue our people then tell the truth but try to spin it. Hell, a successful rescue of Americans could have made Obama look good, even though some of our people were killed. People understand that just like shit, sometimes terrorism happens. It’s the lack of planning and preparation as well as the lack of an appropriate response/reaction that makes them mad.

          • Lulu says:

            They did not see it as a policy problem but rather as PR and election issue so only the PR and political staff were there. This mess was just collateral damage of their overall Middle East policy. When you purposely set an entire region on fire you expect some “glitches” so I don’t think they thought it was a biggie much as they have done with Obamacare. Ambassadors are expendable. So are contract security and foreign service workers when you set up arms deals with terrorists through corrupt Turkish middlemen. We must remember that these are malignant narcissists attracted to and surrounding the biggest narcissist of all. They are attracted to and reinforce each others behavior. They don’t care who they hurt and only feign concern when they have to do so and get pissy if pushed. It was not a policy problem to them. It was a PR/election problem so no policy people were needed because their was nothing to fix except public opinion and get the Republicans off their ass.

  5. The Klown says:

    Ron Fournier:

    The typical White House reporter considers President Obama’s team the most secretive in memory, stingier with information than the tight-lipped Bush White House and, according to a Politico survey, prone to lie. The press corps also is relatively inexperienced, with 39 percent on the beat five years or less, and nearly 60 percent in their first decade.

    Most of these extraordinary reporters were never stonewalled by President Clinton’s team, deceived by Bush’s advisers or bullied by any of their predecessors. I was. Yes, I’m pretty old. With age comes the experience and arrogance required to advise the hard-working White House press corps. Here are five suggestions (confession: I didn’t always abide by them while on the beat, but wish I had):

    Don’t let the White House set the ground rules. Everything a White House official does, says or writes is on the record, meaning it can be reported at your discretion, unless you determine that it’s in your audience’s best interest to adjust the rules.

    Some vital information can only be obtained by granting anonymity. That decision rests with you and your editors alone. It’s a rare bit of leverage. Don’t cede it to the government.

    How does this play in the real world, where reporters are competing for information that the White House jealously guards? Here are three scenarios:

    1. The president storms into the media cabin aboard Air Force One to gripe about his coverage, and preemptively declares the session “off the record.” That would mean you can’t write or broadcast what he says. But everything the man says is news to your audience. You’re a reporter, not a priest. What do you do? You could do as I did with President Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing: acquiesce. I don’t recommend this approach (Clinton’s rant against conservative media en route to Oklahoma leaked out, as things always do, and I had to explain to an angry editor why I didn’t report this important piece of presidential psychology).

    Or you could maintain your leverage: Politely inform the president that what he says is on the record. “I’m taking notes, sir, and will file my story before the plane lands.” He will protest. His aides and even your fellow reporters will get angry.

    Hold your ground. Remind them of the oldest rule in journalism: There must be a mutual agreement to remove news from the record. Don’t agree to their terms. Stick to yours. Take your notes and file. (During the 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry visited the the media cabin of his plane and said he would talk to us “off the record.” I said no; he was on record, and I scribbled in my notebook. Kerry stormed back to his seat and I used the new-found time to finish two projects: a story about his fading campaign and a cold beer.)

    On his most recent foreign trip, aboard Air Force One, an embattled Obama whined to reporters about their coverage. Whatever he said wasn’t shared with the American public.

    2. The press secretary walks into the briefing room flanked by two senior presidential advisers for what he calls “a background briefing.” This would mean you can report their claims, but you can’t disclose the officials’ names. This poses three problems. First, information from anonymous sources carries less weight with your audience than on-the-record material. Second, a government official is less likely to deceive the public when his name is attached to the lie. Third, this is not your first rodeo: you know these officials plan to be on television later in the day trafficking the same talking points they fed you “on background.”

    You could acquiesce, ceding precious control to the government. You might protest, but that gets you nowhere, because the government has the leverage.

    Try this: politely inform the press secretary that you’re tweeting the briefing live and on the record. This shifts the leverage. The press secretary now must decide whether to conduct the briefing on your terms or stomp out of the room with his talking points. Either way, he doesn’t get what he wants.

    3. White House officials overwhelm you with angry emails and telephone calls. At best, they’re wasting your time. At worst, you’re getting intimidated. Politely remind the officials that every email and telephone call is on the record. Inform them that you think their communications would make a good story. “Is this what the taxpayers want you doing with your time?” Trust me, the abuse will stop. Read here about the last time I flipped the script.

    Don’t worry about rough coverage hurting relationships and access (actually, it helps). You want to be a fair reporter, somebody who takes the beat seriously and respects (even likes) the people you cover. You also want to be a tough reporter, somebody who government officials fret about. You can be both fair and tough.

    Something I learned covering the Clinton and Bush White Houses: A new reporter spends months, if not years, calling government officials and begging them for information. “What are you working on?” Once that reporter starts unearthing confidential information and writing incisive analyses that knocks the government off script, the leverage shifts: Government officials call the reporter proactively to ask, “What are you working on?” That’s when the reporter realizes she owns the beat.

    A story: I left journalism for about a year to help launch a (failed) startup. Among my partners were several Democratic and Republican consultants, all former White House advisers who met with me one day to plot how we could get positive coverage about our new company. Somebody suggested that we pitch the story to a reporter I won’t identify, a name-brand journalist who was known to write favorably, habitually, about his sources. “Not him,” one of the consultants said. “Nobody will take his story seriously. Everybody know he’s in the tank.” Another reporter was nominated, a veteran political reporter who everybody in the room considered to be tough, skeptical and fair. “She’s a pain. She probably won’t buy what we’re selling,” a former presidential adviser said, “but if she does, we’re golden.”

    Be that reporter, the one whose respect the White House covets without taking for granted.

    Don’t go to White House briefings. They’re a waste of time. The press secretary rarely makes news and, when he does, the information is a stale commodity; everybody gets it. While your competitors rot away in the briefing room, slip outside the gates and grab a meal or cup of coffee with a potential source, ideally one who doesn’t work in the White House. Blowing off briefings is a competitive advantage.

    As with everything else, change starts with the desire to change.

    • Lulu says:

      The WH needs them more than they need the WH. The fear is no Obama interviews which by the way the public doesn’t want to watch. The WH hates Fox which is the number one network. Get a clue.

  6. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      You should see the pushback on the Cspan Facebook page. “You’re stupid” “Bush’s fault” “Republicans want us to forget 9-11-01 was Bush’s fault” “more Bush’s/Republicans’ fault” ….. just a pile on from the kool aid soused vile progs.

      I think the question was ” Is Benghazi Important to you, Why or Why Not?” It’s a good fight and guess who’s losing it, the Obots.

  7. mothy67 says:

    Very little info available on Vieter. Seems he went from o’s driver as a Senator up pretty high. Gave my mother Ancestry dot com for Mother’s Day and it appears so far that contrary to everything I was told growing up I am not Native American. i have been warrenized.

    • helenk3 says:

      the really sad part of that story is that it is believable. backtrack was not in the situation room, was valjar?

    • 49erDweet says:

      Does that make her #45 sort of?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I don’t believe anyone other than the President can give that order ? Even if ValJar said the President told me to tell you……. It’s what the g.d. Situation Room is for and he wasn’t even there.

      • Lulu says:

        I think we are going to find out that “nothing” was done. No orders means no action. They have to be authorized for action. The “Situation Room” did nothing. It was like asking a question and getting no reply. There was nothing done because Bronco had “retired” to other activities for the evening. It is like having a wedding but the groom disappears into the bathroom until everyone goes home. Why can’t Bronco be bothered after he disappears unless he is “not fit for duty”. Does he turn into a vampire when the sun goes down? Does he take massive amounts of sleeping pills so he can rest? I have a theory but it is not very nice. And I think the two AM phone call ad that so infuriated the Obama campaign was based upon inside knowledge of his peccadillo. He clocks out and thinks he deserves to do so.

        • 49erDweet says:

          GMTA x ten million

        • DeniseVB says:

          Then why were those high ranking commanders relieved within days of the attack. That’s where I keep getting stuck. They can’t respond or stand down without a direct order from the President. CNN was reporting this in Oct 2012 as disobeying the Presidents Stand Down order:

          • Lulu says:

            I think the new congressional committee should request a copy of the “stand down” order and then follow the trail. The retired commander speaking so bluntly yesterday may have broken the damn of silence.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Lulu ~ I’ve been researching the stand down on pro-military sites, all seem to agree that GO/NO GO is the President’s call, not Hillary’s, not ValJar’s, or whoever the righty blogs are guessing. Yes, the President can delegate the GO/NO GO decision to someone else, but it would be under very, very, very unusual circumstances.

            Funny that Obama is nowhere to be seen or heard from that night. Even the lefty blogs are contradicting his alibi.

  8. The Klown says:
  9. DeniseVB says:

    Before the latest round of incriminating emails came out, Keith Koffler was musing about why has the White House hired a top criminal lawyer as Chief Counsel ? I forgot about that since I hadn’t seen in mentioned anywhere else. Keith wondered if something was up….

    The emails were released about that same time, before they were released to the public.

  10. helenk3 says:

    they say music is a great learning tool. maybe this will explain the outrage of Benghazi to the obots

  11. helenk3 says:

    holder after CIA whistleblower for asking questions about Benghazi

  12. helenk3 says:

    interesting article.
    where is the disappearing free speech panic since backtrack took office?

  13. The Klown says:

    MSNBC: “We never have a conversation about racism!”:

  14. helenk3 says:

    FOX News

    special committee to be started with Trey Gowdy as chairman

  15. The Klown says:

    Jake Tapper on Jay Carney’s Benghazi comments: ‘dissembling, obfuscating and insulting’:

  16. DeniseVB says:

    How about a little James Franco Meltdown break ? Woo-woo, may be NSFW but you really don’t “see” anything 😀

  17. The Klown says:
  18. Dora says:

    Uh – Oh.

    Benghazi Email: Hillary Clinton Deputy Names Islamic Extremists, Not YouTube, Morning After Attack

    • helenk3 says:

      I stole it.
      also check a comment by “gramps” a very good but sad Benghazi take off on the song American Pie

  19. helenk3 says:

    off topic

    while backtrack is issuing threats to Putin over Crimea, Mexican army crosses border and attacks American citizens and nothing but the sound of silence from backtrack. Is that racist?

  20. DeniseVB says:

    More good news…..

  21. helenk3 says:

    this is a must read. military best and brightest walking away due to backtrack policies

    • 49erDweet says:

      That’s been open news among the military in this area for over five years, Helen, We have two advanced military training facilities nearby and at least twenty of their permanent cadre live in our subdivision. Unhappy. Options, including escape, being exercised.

  22. helenk3 says:

    Pat Smith being interviewed on Fox now. talking about how the backtrack bunch lied to her face in front of her son’s coffin over the video excuse

    • DeniseVB says:

      I saw that and it was heartbreaking. Made me remember how the left propped up Cindy Sheehan as the face of the anti-war movement. Using her grief over losing a son to Bush’s Stupid War to pull at our heartstrings. She got tons of media coverage too, sometimes leading on all the networks. It worked for awhile, then she got recruited by the more militant wing of the anti-war “crazies”. She eventually jumped the shark with a fake arrest at an anti-war rally …. laughing.

      Pat Smith’s grief is so much more than that. Hope Trey brings her in front of the special committee.

  23. The Klown says:


    Your account was suspended because we found that it demonstrated a pattern of aggressive following behavior. Following large numbers of users in an attempt to attract attention to your own account can be bothersome to other users and is a violation of the Twitter Rules (


    Every fucking time I go to Twitter they are suggesting people for me to follow. Mostly the only people I add are people that follow me, aka “follow backs”.

    • DeniseVB says:

      WTF indeed. Whenever I’m particularly brilliant on a #hashtag game, I get flamed from some vile prog. I mean, not even a smart prog. I should just start reporting those aholes, annoying, but I know I probably won “the game”.

      I think it was the #conservativenamesforracehorses and couldn’t resist noticing that the overwhelming majority used “Teabagger”. I just commented, you guys really like typing that word….all hell broke lose, not sure how my account survived, I’m sure the spam button was hit a lot !

    • 49erDweet says:

      We need to generate a #SuspendTwitter hashtag and suspend them for four days just for being so stupid and enabling for vile progs with overly tenderized feelings.

    • DandyTIger says:

      So it’s against the rules to follow “too many” people. And by “too many”, it’s the number you follow if they don’t like you.

  24. The Klown says:

    So Boner went and grew a spine!

    “Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House. These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen. In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.

    “The administration’s withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?

    “The House committees that have been investigating this attack have done extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Without this work we would not know much that we do today. But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight. This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims.

    “Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change.”

  25. The Klown says:
  26. helenk3 says:

    stolen from a commenter at No Quarter

    I see that train acoming, coming down the tracks

  27. helenk3 says:

    Trey Gowdy on Greta now

  28. helenk3 says:

    this is not going to go away for a long time

  29. DandyTIger says:

    Just because:

    • Lulu says:

      That is a classic. My favorite comment “Plenty of meth-heads fuck for days and drop dead. Just nobody misses them enough to write a zoology paper about it.” Oh dear.

      • SHV says:

        50+ years ago when I was in college, Amphetamines were regular prescription drugs, including Desoxyn (Metamphetamine) and were great study aids. You could stay awake for days, however, desire lasted much longer than performance, if you happened to be studying with your girl friend.

    • The Klown says:

      I tried that a few times. Never quite made it.

  30. helenk3 says:

    need to rant

    three days of wind, stuck in house due to COPD an wind do not get along. Wind damages roof. Now stuck in house waiting for insurance adjuster and roof co estimate. I put the house up for sale two weeks ago. did not have to fix a thing as it is in good shape. now I need to fix roof before it sells.. Screaming loudly

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