Sharyl Attkisson charges CBS kept secret Obama tape to help him lie about Benghazi

Speaking with Michael Smerconish on CNN, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson made a bombshell accusation that CBS News suppressed information that could have helped Mitt Romney at a key point in his campaign for the presidency.

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Attkisson told CNN’s Michael Smerconish that Obama wrongly stated in a presidential debate with GOP challenger Mitt Romney that he initially called the Benghazi attack an “act of terror.”

In an unprecedented move, CNN’s Candy Crowley, the debate moderator, sided with the president by inaccurately saying Obama used the term, “act of terror,” in his Rose Garden remarks the day after the attack, though he was not specifically referencing Benghazi.

It was a pivotal moment in the debate, and CBS had video of a timely “60 Minutes” interview where Obama admitted he did not call the attack an act of terror.

“What happened was, there was actually a hidden interview that CBS News had with the president the same day he made the Rose Garden speech,” Attkisson said.

“60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft even suggested the president avoided using the word “terrorism,” and Obama replied, “Right,” saying it was too early to tell.

“We were sitting on a clip that appeared to prove President Obama’s version was wrong and Romney’s version was correct. I didn’t know that tape existed. We weren’t even told of it,” Attkisson told Smerconish. “I was directed by the New York office to use a different clip, which I felt, in retrospect, was entirely out of context and used in a way that appeared to defend the president’s version rather than presenting the sound bite that would have shown that Romney was perhaps correct.”

The fact that Obama’s deputy national security advisor is the brother of the president of CBS News couldn’t have influenced this decision, could it?

Watch the interview below:

Hat tip: Clarice Feldman

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