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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Newsmax, CNS Swallow Dubious Claim of Missile Theft
Topic: Newsmax

The ConWeb is pouncing on a story seemingly designed to make the Obama administration look bad over the Benghazi attack:

A May 12 Newsmax article by Cathy Burke repeats how "Beltway lawyer Joe diGenova" said in a radio interview that "400 surface-to-air missiles were 'diverted to Libya' during the attack and fell into 'the hands of some very ugly people.'"

An Aug. 13 article by Susan Jones echoed diGenova claim that "the real scandal in Benghazi is the theft of 400 surface-to-air missiles" that could be "used to shoot down an airplane or blow up one of our embassies."

Both Newsmax and CNS merely repeated diGenova's claims uncritically. Newsmax followed upwith an Aug. 13 article by Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter that allowed former congressman Allen West to opine on the subject.

But there are good reasons to question diGenova's story. First, he and his wife, Victoria Toensing, are partisan Republican activists. Second, diGenova himself admitted during the radio interview he had no evidence to back up his claim and some of the evidence isn't "verifiable."

Posted by Terry K. at 1:46 PM EDT

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