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State Department vs. CNN and BuzzFeed

The State Department is not happy with those asking questions about the complete failure in Benghazi, and is now cursing at reporters who dare question what happened:

Two weeks after Mitt Romney took heat for his criticism of the Obama administration after the attacks on consulates in Egypt and Libya, the Obama administration was the one in a defensive stance.

After questioning State Department spokesman Philippe Reines about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and not getting anywhere, BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings posted their entire e-mail exchange online — showing that Reines cut off contact with a “f— off.” He also called Hastings an “unmitigated a——.” 

Hastings — who wrote the Rolling Stone piece that lead to Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s resignation as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan — was hardly a model of civility. He called Reines’s response “bulls—” and alluded to “complaints” from women who have dated the spokesman. 

The dispute is over tension between the State Department and CNN. CNN found and reported on a diary kept by U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens, in which he voiced concerns about terror threats. Stevens was killed in the attack. The State Department has castigated CNN for making the diary public after promising to deliver it to Stevens’s family and wait for their approval. (Read Erik Wemple for more.)

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