First came the lefty spin; then the quick, even eager follow from the JS, which tweeted:" Kerry criticizes Johnson for missing Benghazi briefing." The paper linked to the left-leaning Talking Points Memo website, which posted a video of John Kerry asking Senator Johnson whether he had attended a briefing on Benghazi. Johnson said that he had not.
There were two problems with the whole story. First, there was no criticism by Kerry. Just a discussion of the briefing. Second, as Johnson later pointed out, he did not "miss" the briefing. He had never been invited. As Johnson explained:
"I became a member of the Committee quite recently, and so was not invited to the briefing offered last year. I have participated in multiple classified briefings on Benghazi, and others that were unclassified. I attended briefings offered to all Senators, and to members of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs."