Thursday, May 9, 2013

Jon Stewart Takes FOX "News" to Task Over Benghazi Coverage

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Wednesday night really boiled down the essence of what is wrong with the FOX "News" attempts to turn Benghazi into a -gate-style scandal. It's that they're upset with other media outlets for not covering a scandal they think might have happened. They've got a vague coverup conspiracy theory that doesn't make much sense, and not much else.

What I'd really like a Benghazi-gate believer to explain to me is the odd fixation they have on Susan Rice's appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows five days later. I don't care if she said something crazy like Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11 (cough), it was five days later. It is not still five days later. You'd think, by the harping you hear about this, that oh, say Lindsey Graham and John McCain haven't said dozens of misleading/untrue/flat-out wrong things on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, FOX "News" Sunday and the rest for freakin' years now. It doesn't point to conspiracy or coverup, it points to the bullshit nature of these types of shows. When Hillary Clinton said, "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?" I was 1000% on board with her sentiment. She wasn't saying that what happened in Benghazi makes no difference, only that our assessment of what happened five days later makes no difference now. And it doesn't.

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