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CNN Graphic Demotes Panetta to 'Former Aide'; Bill Burton Smears Him

October 8th, 2014 3:26 PM
On Tuesday afternoon, a graphic at CNN described Former Obama administration Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as a "former aide." Tuesday evening Eastern Time, the network, in video seen after the jump, also let long-time Obama loyalist Bill Burton smear Panetta as "sad," "dishonorable," and "small and petty." Burton also came within inches of accusing…
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Charlie Rose Scolds Panetta for Criticizing Obama

October 8th, 2014 12:13 PM
In an interview aired on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose lectured former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on criticizing President Obama in a new memoir: "There are those who say, you know, he appointed you to two of the highest positions that this country has to offer, just wait until he's out of office before criticizing." Panetta pushed back: "Do you…

'Why's He Doing This?!' Matthews Complains of Leon Panetta

October 7th, 2014 9:52 PM
Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta should have at least waited until after the 2014 midterms to publish his memoirs, seeing as they contain sharp criticisms of President Obama, Hardball host Chris Matthews argued on his October 7 program, lamenting Panetta's lack of "loyalty" to the administration. "Why's he doing this?!" Matthews whined.
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NBC: Did Obama Put 'Campaign Promise' Ahead of U.S. 'Vital Interests'?

October 7th, 2014 11:42 AM
During an interview with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer cited Panetta's criticism of President Obama in a new memoir and made a surprisingly tough observation: "So did the President put the vital interests of the United States on a lower priority than fulfilling a campaign promise to end the war and pull out all troops?" Panetta…
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Megyn Kelly Rips Psaki Over Panetta's Early Iraq Withdrawal Claims

October 4th, 2014 12:13 AM
On her Thursday Fox News show, Megyn Kelly interviewed the State Department's Jen Psaki. Psaki's thankless and impossible task was to defend the administration against former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's assessment that U.S. troops completely left Iraq too early. Video and the damning portions of the transcript follow the jump:
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ABC, NBC Ignore Leon Panetta’s Criticism of Obama’s ISIS Strategy

September 22nd, 2014 11:10 AM
Starting Friday night, CBS began previewing an exclusive 60 Minutes interview with Leon Panetta, which aired on Sunday night, where the former Secretary of Defense said he had advised President Obama to arm the Syrian rebels as early as 2012. Despite Panetta’s criticism of President Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS, ABC and NBC have ignored the story altogether despite…

Maddow's Approach to Covering Benghazi: What Would Pravda Do

May 13th, 2013 4:30 PM
Hard to believe, but Rachel Maddow once engaged in something resembling journalism in response to the attack in Benghazi. It came on her MSNBC show only two days after the jihadist onslaught that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last September, on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Maddow described how security in Benghazi had deteriorated for months-- while she…

Scarborough Parrots Harry Reid's Faulty Claim ‘We Don’t Have a Sec

February 15th, 2013 4:31 PM
On today’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough repeated the fib that our country is currently operating without a secretary of defense. After playing a clip of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) explaining the Republican ill will toward nominee Chuck Hagel, Scarborough unleashed his venom: You know... for the 66,000 troops currently serving in Afghanistan and for the families all across America…

UPDATED | Senior Defense Dept. Official Disputes Harry Reid's Claim fr

February 14th, 2013 12:28 PM
Updated below page break: Politico covers for Reid with an update to their story | Responding to a NewsBusters.org telephone inquiry, a senior Defense Department official reacted to the claim made earlier today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that at noon today the office of Secretary of Defense would be vacant. Panetta would remain on the job until such time as his successor was both…

Coulter: 'You Really Wonder If Democrats Would Win Any Elections If We

February 8th, 2013 5:32 PM
"You really wonder if Democrats would win any elections if we had an honest media in this country." So marvelously stated conservative author Ann Coulter on CNBC's Kudlow Report Thursday (video follows with transcript and commentary):

ABC Ignores New Benghazi Revelations Showing Disengaged Obama

February 8th, 2013 12:11 PM
While the NBC and CBS morning shows on Friday both covered troubling Thursday testimony from outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that revealed President Obama's lack of engagement during the Benghazi terrorist attack, ABC's Good Morning America completely ignored the story. In addition, none of the networks mentioned the testimony on their Thursday evening newscasts. Friday's…

Krauthammer: China Arming Itself To 'Expel the U.S. From Its Coastal W

January 8th, 2013 9:24 PM
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer made a scary statement Tuesday. Appearing on Fox News's O'Reilly Factor, Krauthammer said, "China is developing a huge and sophisticated navy which it never had. And it is quite clear what the objective is: to expel the United States from its coastal waters in the Western Pacific where we have been the prevailing power for the last 50…

So Far, Media Mum on Obama's Defense Secretary: A Million Dollars for

April 19th, 2012 5:15 PM
The big three networks have, thus far, shown little interest in investigating the nearly one million dollars in commuting costs spent by Barack Obama's Defense Secretary. According to the Washington Times, Leon Panetta's weekend flights home cost $32,000 and have totaled $860,000 as of early April. Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS have skipped this subject, even as White House Press Secretary…

ABC News: Planned Parenthood CEO a White House Top Adviser on Contrace

February 13th, 2012 1:51 PM
Jake Tapper of ABC News wrote a remarkable story last week revealing the players in the Obama administration’s internal debate on the contraception mandate. According to Tapper, President Obama’s top advisers on the issue included Vice President Joe Biden, former White House Chief-of-Staff Bill Daley, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former…