The PJ Tatler

Is Benghazi Breaking Through the Media's Wall of Silence?

Last night Jay Leno became the first of the late-night comedians to work criticism of President Obama’s handling of Benghazi into his monologue.

After the Benghazi riffs, which are at about the one minute mark into the clip above, Leno also mocks the Lena Dunham ad that compares voting to losing one’s virginitiy: “The ad says your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. It should be with a great guy who really understands women. But on the other hand, if it is your first time, you might want to do it with someone who doesn’t need eight years to get the job done. That’s all I’m saying.”

So Benghazi has found its way into the late-night talk shows. Leno’s writers tend to go for the safest jokes; if they see Benghazi as something that people understand enough to criticize Obama about, that’s a good sign that it’s getting past the mainstream media’s active silence on it.

Over on the Washington Post‘s editorial page today, seven weeks after the attack, David Ignatius is troubled by the turns the story has taken. Ignatius asks about the delays and the “stand down” order, and about the wisdom of relying on Libyan militia troops to defend the U.S. consulate. Unfortunately, he asks no questions about why the Obama administration went out of its way to mislead Americans regarding the nature of the attack itself. But let’s appreciate baby steps.

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