If only George W Bush were President, this scene at the first day of the Benghazi hearings would never have happened this way.
The reporter who walked into this morning’s first public meeting of the House Special Committee on Benghazi saw something shocking and unforeseeable: empty chairs. Staffers had given the media a couple of dozen chairs on both sides of HVC-210, one of the more accessible rooms in Congress, but there was no queue to see the hearing and no great bustle among the press. Halfway through the hearing, one reporter packed up and left. A careful eye, scanning the room, could see more than a few people yawning or waging unsuccessful battles against their heavy eyelids.
We consider that a serious indictment of the Washington Press Corpse. They have no interest in the fact that four Americans were murdered in a terrorist attack, including the Ambassador whose pleas for increased security were ignored at the highest levels of the State Department for a year. The four were murdered in a preplanned attack that lasted over eight hours and no help was sent, in fact, there are reports that special forces units were told repeatedly to stand down. That allegation is denied by the administration that told you when ObamaCare was implemented you could keep your health insurance plan and your doctor if you liked them.
The Press Corpse, and not just in Washington, but in every liberal newsroom in the nation, cares nothing for those men. They also don’t care that Hillary Clinton’s aides vetted the documents that were put before the Accountability Review Board when the incident was reviewed. They don’t care that critical individuals, like the Secretary of State, were not interviewed by the Board, and that no stenographic or video record was made, we have to rely on contemporaneous notes taken by Board members. We, given the events following the attack in Benghazi, would refer to the Board members as “co-conspirators.”
The Press Corpse also isn’t interested in the fact that Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, and President Obama kept peddling the story about “the video” being responsible for a demonstration that got out of hand, or the fact that while our State Department personnel were under attack and being murdered in Benghazi, the President was more interested in being prepared for a campaign stop and fundraiser in Las Vegas the next day and the Secretary of State was simply nowhere to be found.
And, just so we’re clear, “Press Corpse” isn’t a typo.
Another example of a corpse is what you’d see posing as a reporter at a press conference held by a Democrat.
The House Republicans held yesterday’s hearing, not to see if Hillary Clinton would present us with another version of “at this point, what does it matter,” rather, they were investigating the Accountability Review Board. Rep. Trey Gowdy was questioning the Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, Gregory Starr, about whether Secretary of State Clinton personally reviewed the Benghazi security arrangement.
Here’s the question and answer, we’ll fill in the context in a moment. You might have to watch the video twice, we couldn’t believe it the first time. Even for the most transparent administration in history, this takes the cake.
‘No Comment.” Even former prosecutor Trey Gowdy was caught off guard with that one.
” ‘We praise the ambassador for seeking security enhancements long before the attack,’ ” said Gowdy. “Do you know what that’s from?”
“I believe it’s part of the ARB report,” said Starr.
“From nineteen-ninety-nine,” said Gowdy, drawing out each number.
Starr cheerfully tried to recover from Gowdy’s throat-punch. “After Nairobi, correct?” he asked.
Gowdy moved on. “That was the ARB from 1999, and you can lay it almost perfectly on Benghazi,” he said. “They were disappointed that the recommendations after the bombing in Beirut were not implemented.”
“‘The Secretary of State should personally review the security situation of diplomatic facilities, closing those which are threatened,’ ” said Gowdy, quoting the report. “Why do you think the 1999 ARB went out of its way to use the word personally?”
Starr paused. “No comment, sir,” he said.
Rep. Gowdy wasn’t through.
“I have heard every secretary talk about the importance of security,” said Starr. “I have heard every secretary state the personnel department that security is their function. That goes for Secretary Albright, Secretary Clinton, Secretary Rice.”
Not good enough. “I think words have consequences, and they have meaning, and that people use words intentionally,” said Gowdy. “A personal review is not simply talking about it.”
And the obvious response of the Press Corpse, since you won’t be seeing this on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, or your local news channel, and the Washington ComPost and New York Times won’t find it news fit to print, is zero. Don’t worry Mr. Obama, don’t worry Mrs. Clinton, the corpse has your back.
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