Friday, October 23, 2015
News Media Twisting the Clinton Hearing
Last night, I watched as both MSNBC and CNN spun the reporting on Hillary Clinton's testimony on Benghazi in a way favorable to Clinton. CNN's Dana Bash cheerfully reported that it was excruciatingly long but there was nothing new to report. The same was the verdict from CNN's graveyard shift (the one featuring the British anchors). There was no mention (at least that I heard) of those three communications from Mrs Clinton within 24 hours that it was a terrorist attack.
MSNBC predictably was in full attack- the- Republicans mode as they trotted out one talking head after another to defend Clinton. They even brought out Thomas Pickering, the retired diplomat who led the ARB investigation into Benghazi, an "inquiry" that somehow neglected to interview Mrs Clinton, let alone ask for her communications.
Today's Orange County Register is running two articles in their print and online editions about the hearing, none of which mentions the above Clinton communications of September 11-12, 2012 that rebut the video claim. Nor do they mention the fact that the Libyan mission had sent 600 requests to the State Department asking for more security in the months leading up to the deadly attack of September 11.Below is what is running online.
Below is what is running in the print edition. This syndicated report comes from the Tribune News Service (writers Anita Kumar and Hannah Allam):
This is what we are up against. Aside from Fox News and conservative talk radio, the smoking gun that came of of yesterday's hearing is not even being reported. It's like the proverbial tree that falls in the forest. Nobody hears it.
Oh well. Maybe Jimmy Kimmel will mention it in one of his monologues.