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Spin, Spin, Spin. by The Elephant's Child

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The suck-up leftist media has gone into full-fledged spin control. How these people can live with themselves or even face themselves in the mirror is beyond me. As Dan Gainor wrote at Fox News:

In the real world, when you cover up four murders after the fact, you likely go to jail. In government, you retire with dignity and run for president with full media support.

Up until yesterday, that was the Benghazi scenario following the death of four Americans including our ambassador to Libya.

The Obama administration has lied, stonewalled, bullied, and intimidated – the true marks of an open and transparent administration. And, with a few notable exceptions, the American media haven’t just let them get away it. Heck, they’ve helped.

Let’s be clear here. Yes, the administration has tried at all levels to cover-up the murder of four Americans; but that is not all. The administration is deeply complicit in those deaths. The disgusting media is not interested in murders, but in attempting to attack Republicans for noticing the whole thing which was “a long time ago” (Jay Carney).

Republicans are now “engaged in a witch hunt” (Eugene Robinson), who said “the hearing convened by Rep.Darrell Issa (R-CA) produced a riveting narrative of the chaotic events in Libya last September. But what was the supposedly unforgivable crime?”…The three diplomats who testified at the hearing gave no evidence that this failure sprang from anything other than the need to use limited resources as efficiently as possible.” Gosh, maybe they could have taken a few bucks out of State’s $4.1 million fund for embassy art.

Frank Rich in New York Magazine emphasized that nobody was paying attention and nobody cared, or will care, and if you dare to care, you will be attacked, and made fun of by late night “comedians.” He even dragged up the original 9/11, the Bush lied, the Iraq War that “drained resources from the battle against al Qaeda and the search for bin Laden” — the one truly noble effort of the past century.

The New York Times headlined their editorial “The Republicans Benghazi Obsession.”

Before Wednesday’s hearing on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, Republicans in Congress promised explosive new details about the administration’s mishandling of the episode. Instead, the hearing showed, yet again, that sober fact-finding is not their mission. Common sense and good judgment have long given way to conspiracy-mongering and a relentless effort to discredit President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The whole thing was dismissed as “thoroughly covered” by the independent inquiry by Thomas Pickering and Adm. Mike Mullen.  Their “unsparing report” concluded that:

“systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” in the State Department’s bureaus of diplomatic security and near eastern affairs resulted in a “security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.” Mrs. Clinton took responsibility for the security failures when she testified at a Congressional hearing in January.

Splendid example of bureaucratese. Bet the State Department really got a scolding for that. The Washington Post tweeted “Who’s tweeting about Benghazi? Rich, middle-aged men and Chick-fil-A lovers.” NBC said there was an “obvious political undercurrent” to the hearings and accused the GOP of going after the “most popular Democrat”, Hillary Clinton. (She is? Who knew?) The CBS network held back Emmy award-winning reporter Sharyl Attkinsson from writing about Benghazi “CBS News executives see Attkisson wading dangerously close to advocacy on the issue.” Attkisson is now in talks to leave CBS ahead of contract.

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank treated the testimony as if the witnesses were lying. His column called the sworn testimony a “yarn” and referred to our No. 2 diplomat in Libya as a “virtuoso storyteller.”  He added “Hicks didn’t lay a glove on the former secretary of state on Wednesday.”

It is not bias. It is complete abandonment of the basic principles of journalism, which is supposed to be about curiosity, the search for truth and understanding, and an impartial observation of government activities and actions to inform the people in a free society. They have traded that in for the opportunity to write political advocacy and puff pieces. More fun. You don’t have to investigate, dig, consider, or even do any hard thinking — you can just feel — and wallow in your emotions.


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I’ve actually gotten a fair amount of mileage out of Carney’s “…a long time ago” comment (a certain liberal friend of mine wishes Carney hadn’t said it, because it make it look like the Democrats are trying to avoid the issue… GEE, YA’ THINK SO?). I use it mainly to annoy liberals I come in contact with. When they try to bring up the Bush administration as being at fault ( usually reply that that was SO LONG AGO. I mean, if Benghazi (at 8 months to the day today) was “a long time ago”, anything that happened during the Bush administration (over 50 months ago) must be postively ancient, so how could there be any issue with it today? Not to mention Watergate…

Have you noticed that as well? Another resurgence in the fascination with the burglary at the Watergate. It came up during the Clinton administration right about this time, too. Can’t let people forget that Dems got that evil President Nixon (never mind that Woodward is a registered Republican, and Bernstein says that he can’t remember voting for anything in his life). Small differences to point out, since they bring it up: Nobody died because of Watergate. There is no evidence that Nixon knew anything about the break-in, but he did push the cover-up, and for that he resigned (justifiably, in my view). Obama not only knew about the events in Benghazi AS THEY WERE HAPPENING, but ultimately had to aware of the what was going on in the chain of command both during and after the attack, and so did Hillary. The dereliction of duty was bad enough… hiding the truth from the American people (known in some parlances as a cover-up) simply made it worse. And with the evidence that they knowingly lied about the attacks, even at the memorial services for the four killed in the attacks, you have to wonder if these people meant anything at all to this administration.

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Comment by Lon Mead

Oh yes, Watergate, and no WMD (yes there were). and Bush and the dreaded Cheney didn’t pay any attention to the intelligence warning of…The world hated America because of Bush, and terrorism was because of Bush, and Bush lied and tortured, and when Bush is gone and Obama is president, the world will love us again, and the Muslims, once we complete the peace process and end the problems in the Middle East, will make peace and we can all concentrate on saving the earth from global warming. Or something like that. They do have their protective litany.

They have not answered any of the big questions like why was Ambassador Stevens there in the first place, when the Brits and the Red Cross had evacuated; and we were monitoring something like ten Ansar al Sharia groups in Benghazi and they had been setting up roadblocks around the compound, but the Turkish official had no trouble leaving. The SEALS who don’t leave people behind, went in to save the other people in the compound, but who were those other people and what happened to them? Who were the rest of the CIA people in the annex? The speculation ranges from gun-running to Syria, to a planned kidnapping of Ambassador Stevens who would be rescued by a trade for the Blind Sheik.

And why is Obama so cozy with the Muslim Brotherhood, and is he intentionally or unintentionally arming the al-Qaeda dominated rebels in Syria? And does anybody know what is going on? Obama’s new appointments seem even more incompetent than the last bunch, but someone suggested that Obama expects to be the smartest person in the room, so others are selected accordingly.

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