May 10th, 2013
09:10 PM ET

White House goes on defense on Benghazi talking points

The President's press secretary, under fire over the September 11th Benghazi attack. The pre-scheduled press briefing was delayed twice. Carney finally arrived at the podium three hours later than first planned.

There was tension in the room when White House Press Secretary Jay Carney walked in.

Why? Because a lot was at stake.

Today, we formally learned the White House and the State Department were heavily involved in the editing of the talking points used by the administration following the terror attacks in Benghazi – something they have previously denied.

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In fact, today Carney doubled down, saying the White House made one edit, and one edit only: changing the word consulate, to the word diplomatic post.

There were twelve rounds of edits. Among the things taken out of the first draft - a line saying: "Islamic extremists with ties to al-Qaeda participated in the attack."

OutFront tonight: Nick Burns is a former under-secretary of state for political affairs and Reihan Salam, CNN Contributor, writer for the National Review.

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