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How will the rest of the mainstream and liberal/left media treat the story now? Will they go with Rep. Cummings and many of the other Democrats on the committee, who argued that those who raise issues are only trying to “launch unfounded accusations and to smear public officials,” or will they continue to report what is now obvious — that the administration’s leading spokesmen, from Susan Rice to Hillary Clinton, obviously lied?

Most political observers are treating Hillary Clinton as the likely Democratic nominee for president in the next presidential election. If she is nominated, we are likely to see Republican commercials featuring her angry rant in the previous Congressional hearings — “What does it matter?” — followed by the moving testimony of Eric Nordstrom that it matters to him, to the families of the deceased, and to the American people.

But perhaps the revelations are enough, especially as they unfold in the coming weeks, to derail her hopes of nomination. One suspects competitors for the spot on the ticket will quickly distance themselves from her and her role in Benghazi.

By Thursday evening, we shall see how other liberal journalists and media outlets spin the hearings. Look for an addendum to this column then.

Update: 3:15 pm -East Coast time 

Evidently, as Rick Richman points out today at Contentions, The New York Times removed the very paragraphs I quoted in my column from the story that appears on the front page of today’s print edition. Evidently, those brave editors at the once proud “paper of record” were too scared to let its readers see evidence that may interfere with the Obama administration’s chosen narrative. So now we not only have Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and her top advisor Cheryl Mills exposed as dissemblers, we have the Times‘ editors playing the game.

Nevertheless, Joe Scarborough began his discussion on Morning Joe by  citing the paper’s article as proof that the Benghazi issue is not going away, and noted that it verified the concern by skeptics of the administration’s original story. Later, Walter Isaacson came on, and strangely argued that the demotion of a top diplomat with 22 years of distinguished service was nothing, since he was free to testify in public and was not in prison. If that is the standard for judging whether superiors at State dealt unfairly with one of their own top career officers, it is indeed bar far too high that Isaacson sets.

On All In with Chris Hayes, the story was all a right-wing much ado about nothing fomented by Fox News. Hayes called it a “byzantine” conspiracy manufactured by Republicans. As one guest, Democratic Congresswoman Carol Maloney put it, the story was nothing but “false lies” presented by Darrell Issa, and revealed Republicans needlessly attacking the military and the State Department instead of working with Democrats to put into effect the recommendations of the Accountability Review Board’s report. His next guest, Eric Boehlert of Media Matters, portrayed the hearings as a non-issue created by Fox News to make some inept decisions seem like a cover-up. Indeed, Rep. Maloney then called for having Darrell Issa apologize to Hillary Clinton for accusing her of perfidy. Essentially, they argued that it was all an attempt to prevent Clinton from receiving the nomination of the Democratic Party for president.

At the left-wing Salon magazine, Anthony Clark, a former Democratic staff member of the House Oversight Committee, dealt with the issue by making a personal attack on Rep. Issa, and writing that “If Darrell Issa says something – based on the record, his statements and my personal observations of him up-close – there is a strong likelihood it will be baseless and easily disproven.” Of course, as PJM readers well know, the reason issues exist and are not going away is because of the testimony of yesterday’s three top witnesses, all career officer previously lauded for their work. It is not Issa’s own claims that were tested, but the testimony that Democrats are finding hard to ignore or refute. 

After listing a whole bunch of Issa’s would-be sins, he writes: “these and other issues call into serious question Issa’s integrity, or fitness to serve in the United States Congress, much less chair a House committee vested with personal subpoena power.” As he later writes, Issa is even “awkward and ineffective” when he appears on Bill Maher’s TV program. So much for the issues brought forth in yesterday’s hearing! I do not have any expertise about Clark’s allegations about Issa. They may indeed be accurate, for all I know. But none of them — I repeat none of them — have anything to do with the issues surrounding Benghazi. But what better way for a spokesman of the Left to try and get readers to ignore the issues than by waging a personal attack on the chair of the House Oversight Committee?

Over the next weeks, expect the liberals in the media and the administration to get their talking points together, and to wage an all-out attack on any source that seeks to raise pertinent questions about Benghazi. TPM had one brief video saying both sides argue it was all about politics. So far, nothing has appeared on the website of either Mother Jones or The Nation,  but rest assured their staffs are trying to come up with something to cast doubt on the growing Benghazi scandal.

The more the official story unravels, we can expect the MSM, including The New York Times, to revert to form and do all they can to make the story disappear. In that effort, the still-silent left-wing press will eventually lead the charge, spinning their own theories to discredit any future whistle-blowers. Let us hope they are too late.

More: Hmm. Sen. Coburn Hints that Another Benghazi Shoe May Drop

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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...!
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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.
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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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