October 30, 2012
BENGHAZI — NO MERE ‘OCTOBER SURPRISE,’ Jonah Goldberg writes in the L.A. Times*:
This isn’t an “October surprise” foisted on the media by opposition research; it’s news.
This story raises precisely the sort of “big issues” the media routinely claim elections should be about. For instance, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last week that the “basic principle is that you don’t deploy forces into harm’s way without knowing what’s going on, without having some real-time information about what’s taking place.” If real-time video of the attack and communications with Americans on the ground begging for assistance doesn’t constitute “real-time information,” what does?
This is not to say that Fox News is alone in covering the story. But it is alone in treating it like it’s a big deal.
Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, Roger L. Simon has set up an email account at PJM for tips on Benghazi:
PJ Media has established an email address Benghazi@pjmedia.com to receive hitherto unpublished information about the events in Libya on September 11. We will respect all confidences on this information and also pledge to our readers that we will not publish anything that we have not thoroughly vetted.
This email address is not for theories about what happened. Plenty of places exist on the Internet — including the comments section of this post — to write what you think may have happened. At Benghazi@pjmedia.com we are only interested in verifiable facts.
Our purpose is only the public’s right to know — before it votes — so we are not kicking ourselves in the shins three years later when it all comes out at a congressional hearing.
So remember, if you know something concrete, write us at Benghazi@pjmedia.com. We will respect your confidentiality and endeavor to uncover the truth.