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Archive for "May 07 2013"

#Benghazi: Narrative “FAIL”; Silence Will NOT Ensue

The Benghazi hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, but some loyal Obamabots can’t wait to get the pushback machine rolling.

via Reason‘s Hit & Run blog, we find one of the Hipster Douchebag Central faithful, Alex Seitz-Wald, playing the Pre Blame Game:

The charges seem potentially damaging and the accusers credible, but those trying to fan flames of scandal have so embarrassed and discredited themselves by pushing bogus story lines on Benghazi that it may be hard for the media and American people to take any new allegations seriously. For instance, the last time we saw a “Benghazi whistle-blower,” it was an anonymous Fox News source, but he seemed to know so little about basic special operations that military analysts called him a clown and an embarrassment.

As H&R’s Scott Shackford put it: “Okay, that’s one. Any others? It appears not.”

Fast on Seitz-Wald’s heels we see Juicebox wannabe Jonathan Bernstein, at WaPo’s “Plum Line,”(also an HDC contributor) riding the same pony:

If you’re not inside the conservative information feedback loop, you might not be aware that within that loop the Benghazi “scandal” is still going at 100 percent strength. Months after the actual incident, which was back in September. Even though no one has ever made clear exactly what terrible secret was the subject of the supposed cover-up; even though a succession of “revelations” have all turned out to be nonsense (here’s one from just last week). Doesn’t matter; discredited accusations are just forgotten and new ones are substituted….

Two things. One is that this is another case of how the minimal standards of the GOP-aligned press make Republican politicians lazy. Just chant “Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi” and you’re sure to generate plenty of positive publicity, so what’s the incentive for actually mastering the substantive issues involved?

And second: there’s a real dogs-not-barking aspect to this; the continued focus on what has appeared for months to be a dry well suggests that there are no real Barack Obama (or Hillary Clinton) scandals to investigate.

Both JournOlistas point to the same source, ForeignPolicy.com’s national security blogger, Thomas E. Ricks, as the reason Benghazi should be considered a faux scandal; something FOX News cooked up to feed their bitter clinger audience. Ricks featured a comment and guest post, by two former Special Ops guys, refuting the allegations made by an active duty member of Special Ops, whose face and voice were disguised, whom FOX News interviewed back on April 30, as the reason the current attention to what happened at Benghazi is just FOX News-fueled nonsense.

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