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Ron Radosh

We are in the midst of an unfolding and growing scandal, which even the New York Times has been forced to admit in an online report which raises serious doubts about the administration’s spin after the embassy attack. Indeed, they emphasized in their headline the demotion of Gregory Hicks for daring to tell the truth — that from the get-go, everyone in the Benghazi compound described the event as an attack, and never mentioned a protest or a video. Mr. Hicks testified that State Department officials disciplined him for not sticking to the phony narrative told by Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton.

The Times story, then, is a major breakthrough from the MSM’s regular pattern of ignoring the contradictions and treating the event as a non-issue.

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is certainly correct when he states that the scandal is “every bit as damaging as Watergate.” And we know what happened as a result of that cover-up: the impeachment and resignation of the presidency by Richard M. Nixon.

What the future portends depends a great deal on how the regular media treats it.

We must remember that the entire nation does not watch Bret Baier’s nightly panel on Fox, which has given Benghazi the most complete coverage and whose panelists regularly discuss developments as they occur. Fox, as expected, led with the hearings and their importance.

Wednesday, the three major MSM networks led their nightly news reports with the kidnapping of the three women who were freed after ten years, putting the Benghazi hearings as their second story.

CBS News offered a solid report from Sharyl Attkisson, who has not shied away from news stories which do not paint the Obama administration in a good light. As the Washington Post recently noted, she has been “a persistent voice of media skepticism about Benghazi.” She again made true on that assessment: Attkisson reported on both the issue of the attribution of the attack to the video, and on the other main issue of why military reinforcements were not sent when requested. The network then shifted to another reporter whose story reflected more of the administration’s position.

NBC’s and ABC’s reports were shorter and less informative. But even they could not help but let viewers, who previously may have not thought there was any story remaining, understand that even months after the attack explanations have not been forthcoming. And further, that a cover-up may have taken place at State, and perhaps higher in the administration.

We already have seen — in the screeds offered by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings — what will undoubtedly be the Democratic talking points: that the entire hearings amount to an attempt by Republicans to “politicize” a tragedy. Of course, the politicization came from the administration which sought to neutralize and threaten potential whistle-blowers, and who wanted unanimity behind “the video was to blame” narrative.

The Times report bluntly stated the shocking revelation this way:

All three witnesses — Mr. Hicks, Mr. Nordstrom and Mark I. Thompson … insisted that the inflammatory anti-Islamic YouTube video that the White House initially blamed for the attack was something they never considered a factor in the assault on the compound.  … It has become clear that American officials on the ground and in Washington immediately believed the attackers were terrorists, not demonstrators who turned violent, as Mrs. Rice alleged in a series of Sunday talk show interviews. … “I was stunned,” Mr. Hicks said when asked what he thought when he heard Ms. Rice’s explanation. “My jaw dropped and I was embarrassed.”

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There is practically no coverage. Look up Google "news" - not a single word.

WaPo is writing about the Ohio kidnappers. Hey, Woodward! How are you doing?...
No matter what Obama does, nothing can hurt him simply because the time when "the American people" believed in truth is now gone. Amen...
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If the murderer of Mary Jo Kopechne can escape all punishment, in fact enjoy a long and illustrious career then this whole Benghazi business will soon be forgotten as well. Sorry but Benghazi is an uphill battle; the mainstream media, the president adoring young people, the welfare loving populace, the years of liberal education from kindergarten through graduate school and the millions of immigrants. Hillary could have shot and killed these 4 men herself while wearing a burka and she'd still get elected.
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What is going to determine if the MSM continues to report on the Benghasi cover-up is not right or left wing clamoring. It's the Neilson ratings. Once CBS broke the glass ceiling on reporting on Benghasi, the thing crashed and ABC, NBC et al will jump the bandwagon so they can get viewership, and therefore, money, back in their coffers. It has nothing to do with the truth. Shamefully so.
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This morning the news had 15 minutes dedicated to the Cleveland, OH kidnapping. Benghazi got less than 30 seconds.
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My area didn't talk about the Ohio thing at all. It was wall to wall Benghazi. THe big deal was that ABC has realised 12 revisions of the talking points.

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When Benghazi occurred, it was purported Uhbama went to bed for he was flying to Nevada, Colorado for his everlong-like campaign fundraising.

The next day, Sep 12, 2012, when those 4 heroes were flown to D.C. with American flags draping their coffins and Uhbama in attendance, Uhbama later attended yet ANOTHER fundraiser in D.C.

That in of itself should have given ANY fledgling correspondent for any Illiberal 'news organization' the tenacity to truly investigate this most recent f-up by Barack Kardashian. Make a name or at the very least attempt in doing so.

Instead yet another crickets chirping coverup. Err 'blah news cycle'. If EVER there was a recent 'The worm has turned' moment during this shallow, empty vessel's reign it was then. Nothing.

The dude has NO SHAME. Time and time again his better than thou sycophantic press, troglodyte Uhbamabots not only look the other way but praise this empty vessel evermore.

Suffice to say I've tapped into the Crown Royal XR, Crown Royal Black I've accrued, stock piled. Auctions will be held later...!
48 weeks ago
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I continue to be amazed at how this blog believes that the MSM will allow this story "to get legs." Even the WSJ buried it's coverage yesterday in an "inside the paper" section, and they are the only main stream daily to cover it in any depth. As I stated previously, by bringing down the political status of Obama and Clinton, the MSN would in essence, be bringing down themselves and everything about 1960s they worshiped. There is no way that they will ever agree to do this. This is their religion.
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If Hilliary runs for president, then the Republicans only need to run HER 3am phone call commercial from the 2008 primaries followed by her "What difference does it make" rant.
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There is practically no coverage. Look up Google "news" - not a single word.

WaPo is writing about the Ohio kidnappers. Hey, Woodward! How are you doing?...
No matter what Obama does, nothing can hurt him simply because the time when "the American people" believed in truth is now gone. Amen...
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No surprise there. I ran a search the other night for a recent story I'd read, and googled returned zip on it for the first two pages. I went over to Bing, and there it was, right near the top.
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Question: The MSM and Benghazi: Will Their Coverage Harm Obama Administration?
Answer. No.
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In the absence of exploring who potentially benefits from a cover up and how, it is easy for the MSM to reinforce the 'byzantine conspiracy' meme. It's what the media omit from investigating and reporting that can often be more potent than biased copywriting.

How to hold the media accountable when they behave as an arm of the regime?
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I am old enough to remember the Watergate scandel. The thing they did then was to keep it going...and going...and going....

You couldn't even watch Saturday morning cartoons because it was on (dating myself now).

If the Republicans really want to make this stick as an issue - and they have more than ample evidence of corruption, cover up, official lies, incompetence, etc. - then they need to make these hearings an ongoing event that is front and center of everything and keep hammering home the basic facts.

They also need to paint the media as incompetent, and treat them like the opposition that they are in such a way that the mainstream realizes they will look like fools and lackeys to TOO blatant a degree if they don't start covering it.

Everything that comes out of a Republican's mouth from now till satisfaction is achieved needs to be prefaced somehow with a reference to the Benghazi hearings.

Even if it is to say that a meeting or agenda has to be shifted....it's because the Benghazi hearings take precedence.

The public will follow suit in seeing this as a major scandel IF and ONLY IF the Republicans continuously treat it like a major scandel.
48 weeks ago
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If the murderer of Mary Jo Kopechne can escape all punishment, in fact enjoy a long and illustrious career then this whole Benghazi business will soon be forgotten as well. Sorry but Benghazi is an uphill battle; the mainstream media, the president adoring young people, the welfare loving populace, the years of liberal education from kindergarten through graduate school and the millions of immigrants. Hillary could have shot and killed these 4 men herself while wearing a burka and she'd still get elected.
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