Fox News defends guy who lied to CBS about witnessing Benghazi attack
You don’t often see the talking heads at Fox News Channel coming to the defense of CBS in general or “60 Minutes” in particular.
But when the situation involves the so-called Benghazi scandal, the partisan political playbook at Fox News is subject to revisions and exceptions, as we see HERE:
Fox News attempted to rehabilitate the reputation of an alleged Benghazi “witness” who appeared in a discredited CBS report about the 2012 attack, after the same “witness” admitted he falsified statements about where he was that night.
On October 27, CBS’ 60 Minutes featured testimony from “Morgan Jones,” a supposed “witness” of the September 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities who claimed that during the attack he scaled a wall of the compound and personally struck a terrorist in the face with his rifle. This story wildly diverged from the account he gave his superiors in an incident report that was obtained by The Washington Post, which stated he “could not get anywhere near” the compound the night of the attack. The Post also identified Jones’ real name as Dylan Davies.
On the November 4 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade dismissed the inconsistencies in Davies’ accounts, instead suggesting that the State Department or the White House had leaked the report to the Post to “discredit a seemingly very credible witness about those attacks, who witnessed those attacks.” During the segment, guest Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) baselessly called Davies a “covert agent” — though he worked for private security contractor Blue Mountain, not the CIA — and Chaffetz and Kilmeade both attacked the Post for publishing Davies’ name, suggesting the article had endangered his life by revealing his identity.
But Davies’ account is not just inconsistent – he also admitted to The Daily Beast on November 2 that he had lied about his actions during the night of the Benghazi attack to his supervisors. He explained his differing accounts of the night of the attack by claiming that he did not personally write the Blue Mountain incident report and admitting he had lied in his account to the company because “he did not want his supervisor to know he had disobeyed his orders.”