Andrea Mitchell: 'Alleged Delay' in Labeling Boko Haram a Terror Group Being Used to 'Go After' Hillary Clinton

May 14, 2014 | 12:02 PM EDT

More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.

On her Tuesday 12 p.m. MSNBC show, host and NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was more concerned with protecting Hillary Clinton than holding the potential 2016 Democratic candidate accountable for refusing to label Nigerian kidnappers Boko Haram as terrorists: "...the alleged delay in designating Boko Haram as a terror group. This is being used to try to go after Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state."

NBC national security analyst Michael Leiter tried to downplay the failure: "Designating the actual organization is really not the key part to countering the threat and attacking them at the I think the delay had a serious consequence in this event or the path of Boko Haram? I really don't."