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May 13, 2013 - 8:35 am

Rasmussen finds that the average American remains more interested in irrelevant trials and the latest controversial “teen mom,” then the cover-up in Benghazi.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% of Likely U.S. Voters rate the administration’s explanation of the events surrounding the murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens as good or excellent. Forty-one percent (41%) think the administration has done a poor job explaining things. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

It’s difficult for the hearings to make much impact when they took place on a single day rather than shorter hearings across a week, and when the networks bail out of covering them to put the Jodi Arias verdict on the air. As I wrote toward the end of the day-long hearings last week:

Juxtaposition on my screens in my blogging lair: Streaming video from the Benghazi hearing, which is an investigation into what may be a massive cover-up at the highest levels of our government, and the verdict from the Jodi Arias trial on the cable nets. Thousands are waiting outside the courtroom for the verdict to be read, just standing around, even though the verdict tells us nothing about the credibility of our government or its ability to defend US interests around the world. The networks aren’t even carrying the Benghazi hearing at this point, despite the fact that the allegations aired in it are so disturbing. This is the power of the media and what it chooses to emphasize and downplay, on full display.

Those thousands were there because the media had hyped that trial and made the reading of its verdict a Moment. Many of those thousands, along with millions more Americans, might care more about Benghazi if the alleged news media gave the story proper attention and treatment. Eight months in, they’re finally starting to. Progress, I guess.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Covering the Jodi Arias trial is just the mouthpiece of the administration giving the people their circuses....can't have people actually noticing the numerous scandals now can we?

And I don't think anything is going to change.

Consider the following:

- The media has close friends and family members being hired on to high ranking government posts,

- The media covered for the administration in the Fast & Furious scandal by refusing to report it to any great degree (if at all),

- The media covered for the administration in the New Black Panther voter intimidation scandal by refusing to report on it to any great degree (if at all),

- The media showerd Crowley with accolades for the fine job she did in pulling Obama's nuts out of the fire during the presidential debate (even lying in the process to accomplish this feat),

- The media is covering for the administration by refusing to cover the Benghazi hearings,

- The media is giving the barest minimum of coverage (if at all) to the IRS scandal wherein conservative political voices were targeted for official pressuring into silence,

- The media may - JUST MAY - get it's dander up now that AP phone records have been targeted...but this is nothing more than getting upset that their own ox is being gored finally. I don't doubt there will be pressure to fall on the sword though as they are so heavily invested in protecting this administration that its become a knee jerk reaction anytime something happens.

Basically, the media apparatus is so deeply intertwined and identifies so transparently with this administration that to expect them to actually do their job and do some hard nosed reporting about what is going on with this administration is expecting too much at this point.

They are simply too far gone.
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The big problem with engaging the public in the Benghazi affair is that it has a "cast of thousands" and keeping the relationships, timelines, and who said what to whom, is confusing and convoluted. It's just too much for the average person to follow and understand.

Most people find it much easier to understand and watch the Jodi Arias trial because it involves only two or three people, and they can relate to the motives involved. It's as simple as that.
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I have liberal 'facebook' friends who have been posting nonsense that is circulating such as the list of all the terrorist attacks during the Bush presidency. When I point out that it's not the fact of the attack that is the problem, but the lies and the cover-up, I am informed that '
"I believe politicians deliberately deceive us on a regular basis" and ""They lied to win an election". Oh my God!!! Have you ever heard of such a thing??? Republican's would never do such a thing. "They misled the American people". Politicians misleading people??? This surprises you, outraged??? This is called spin and it happens every day in Washington. You are on Facebook so you are not living under a rock. No crime was committed, and if spin was a crime every member of Congress and the Senate would be in jail. We have gone to war because of lies and politicians misleading people in the last presidency. Where was your outrage then? Seriously, if you are looking for a political scandal, you gotta do better than this. This is just blowing a lot of hot air that's going nowhere." These are actual quotes from two people I was having different discussions with. Apparently, lying is okay as long as Obama and Clinton are doing it.
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They may mean well. If they believe that EVERY politician lies, then, yes, it is okay, because it is a level playing field. However, that assumption is false. There are quite a number of honest politicians, people who seek to serve the public... although, admittedly, they are the minority.

You have to challenge their assumptions, the foundations of their views. Here's another: "No crime was committed." Response - "Yeah? How do you know that? Don't we have to dig into it to know whether that is true or not? What if it is true?"

Here's another: "This is called spin." Response - "Are spin and lies actually the same thing? For example, statistics can be interpreted in different ways. An honest interpretation which gets at important truths is still called spin. There IS a difference between spin and outright fabrications. There was no protest, and they knew it from the start."

You gotta get good at arguing. You do it by going after their assumptions and their false understandings of the meanings of words. The Leftists know this. Change the meanings of words, and you can change people's perceptions.
48 weeks ago
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Some of the media types do seem embarrassed by their choice of events to cover - which is good, if it's sincere. There are probably thousands of newsies out there who don't give a crap about Jodi Arias and think the Cincinatti hostage thing is a sideshow. They're itching to cover "real" news. Now, we probably disagree with them about what constitutes "real" news. To them, it means digging up dirt on the Tea Party, etc. But at least there's an impulse there - a desire to go after stories more important than the latest teen mom.

I'd be interested to know if these (benefit-of-the-doubt) journalists are self-censoring or if they're ordered to cover crap by their superiors.
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My bet would be on the superiors, but remember, they really do believe they're impartial!
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