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Benghazi Hearing Postscript: Where Do We Go From Here?

Well, the first (of what should be many) Benghazi hearing is over, and it was a doozy, if you watched it. Depending on where you tuned in (other than CSPAN), you likely missed it. The Make Believe Media (MBM), the Unicorn King’s Praetorian Guard, threw the Gosnell Blanket℠ over it:

Even before the six hours of congressional hearings began, CNN telegraphed its disinterest in the Benghazi “whistleblower” testimony by cutting away to Cleveland, Ohio, for what Wolf Blitzer falsely promised would be the first public statement by kidnapping victim Amanda Berry. What actually happened in Cleveland was a ginormous media scrum for a statement by the victim’s sister Beth Serrano (who has been interviewed by every news organization on the planet already) asking that reporters “please respect our privacy.”

That particular goose-chase blunder — pre-empting the start of the House Oversight Committee hearing to hype coverage of what proved to be a non-story —  was a clumsy signal: Nobody important at CNN thinks the Obama administration did anything wrong in the Benghazi affair, and therefore the congressional investigation is a trivial exercise of no genuine public interest.

The fix was in, and the Piers Morgan Network might as well change its slogan to, “CNN: What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make?” 

Hours before the hearing ended, National Journal’s “Chief Correspondent” had created a 1300 word roadmap for his MBM print brethren to follow: Benghazi: Incompetence, But No Cover-up. The ineffably brutal Stacy McCain closed his piece with what, for many of us, has become too bloody obvious:

This is journalism as a partisan team sport, and the guys who call the shots at NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN don’t care how dishonest their bias is, they only care about winning — i.e., electing Democrats, and helping Democrats enact their policy agenda — so that as long as a Democrat is in the White House and opposition to the Democrat agenda can be effectively marginalized, the truth doesn’t matter. [emphasis mine]

Go read the whole thing, and follow the link there to Stacy’s new venture, Viral Read.

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An Open Letter to my Congresscritter

I just posted this on his website; too much?

Hello, Whoever is Tasked to Read Constituent Emails,

My name is TC Lynch, and H.R.684, the “Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013,” will put me out of business, so I was alarmed to see Rep. Michael Grimm listed as a co-sponsor of something that is a threat to my economic existence. While I fall well below the Subsection (c) threshold, almost every vendor I work with does not, and most have informed me they will likely close their shops if this bill becomes law.

While the legislation may be noble in its intent–protecting the “brick and mortar”, “Mom and Pop” businesses which lack the resources to compete with Internet-based companies, the fact is there either aren’t any such services available to me here on Staten Island, or the local outfits that could possibly provide what I require charge fees for their services beyond the price point I can afford… which means I’d be forced to shut down.

If that happens, I’ll have plenty of time on my hands as a newly minted member of Mitt Romney’s “47%”, and I will use that time to see your employer is defeated when he runs for re-election in 2014.

In fact, if this blatantly unconstitutional, naked tax grab masquerading as “level the playing field” legislation (whose real aim actually is to crush the smaller competitors of the big businesses so enthusiastically backing it) does not pass in the House of Representatives, if Mikey Suits is listed as a co-sponsor when it comes to a final vote, I’ll still make it a mission of mine to see him kicked out of his New York CD-13 seat, even if the Jody’s Bar backroom known as the Staten Island Democratic Party nominates some putz from the wrong side of the VZ… that’s how serious this issue is to me.

Have a nice day.

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