Behind the 60 Minutes Benghazi Scandal

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On the surface, it looks like 60 Minutes was simply conned by a greedy con artist with a vivid imagination - Dylan Davies a.k.a. Morgan Jones.

But is that all there is to it? No. And when the whole scandal is unravelled, it could be huge.

Ground Zero for the scandal is Threshold Editions, which published Davies' book The Embassy House . What is Threshold Editions? Nothing less than the home of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Threshold Editions is an imprint of Simon & Schuster that specializes in conservative non-fiction. Recent successes include #1 New York Times bestsellers Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin, An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck, and The Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.

Authors include Glenn Beck, Karl Rove, Jerome R. Corsi, Mark R. Levin, David Kupelian, Lynne Cheney, Arthur B. Laffer, Mary Cheney, Jerry Doyle, Reid Buckley, Brian Jennings, George Melloan, Burton W. Folsom, and Stephen Moore.

No doubt you recognize many of these names, who regularly fill our bookstores, our airwaves - and our government - with demonstrable lies.

Guess who owns Threshold?

Yes, CBS!

So the starting point for BenghaziGate is that CBS' 60 Minutes was hawking lies manufactured by CBS' Threshold Editions.

Was that disgusting act of corporate incest disclosed to 60 Minutes viewers? No.

CBS said that Jeffrey Fager, chairman of CBS News and executive producer of “60 Minutes,” said on Tuesday that he regretted not making the connection between Mr. Davies and CBS public.

Ms. Logan said, “Honestly, it never factored into the story. It was a mistake; we should have done it, precisely because there’s nothing to hide. It was an oversight.”

Really - was it just an innocent oversight? Veteran New York Times columnist Frank Rich doesn't buy it:

@frankrichny: Logan claimed to spend a yr on this hoax & that leaving out source's link to Corsi-Rove publisher mere "oversight" http://t.co/PNdKXbiJrA

Was 60 Minutes deliberately hiding the direct connection from Threshold to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove?

 

No doubt you recognize the woman on the right - Mary Matalin, the frequent right-wing talk show guest who is bizarrely married to James Carville.

Here's her short bio from Wikipedia:

Mary Joe Matalin (born August 19, 1953) is an American political consultant well known for her work with the Republican Party. She has served under President Ronald Reagan, was campaign director for George H.W. Bush, was an assistant to President George W. Bush, and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney until 2003. Matalin has been chief editor of Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster, since March 2005.

So after leaving the Bush-Cheney-Rove White House, Matalin's next major job was chief editor of Threshold Editions.

Why? Did Matalin suddenly develop a passion for reading? Or was she continuing her political work for the Bush-Cheney-Rove network from the belly of the "liberal" beast - CBS?

Now here's where things get a little weird. Matalin is proud of her work at Threshold and features it on her official biography:

In addition to her successful careers in politics, television, and radio, Matalin is also a widely read, respected and acclaimed author and serves as Editor at Large for Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster that has published authors from Vice President Dick Cheney to Karl Rove to Glenn Beck.

But the feeling doesn't appear to be mutual, because Threshold doesn't mention her name

In fact, Matalin's name is nowhere to be found on Simon & Schuster's website. How odd!

Why is Threshold trying to hide its 8-year connection to Mary Matalin? 

Is CBS embarassed by its intimate association with Mary Matalin - and through her, to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove?

Is there more to the whole saga - both the book and the 60 Minutes report - than meets the eye?

To be continued...