TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
We recommend what Drum said: With Benghazi bubbling again, we strongly recommend this new post by Kevin Drum.
He summarizes “the latest Benghazi freak-out in 10 sentences.” Quite a few basics are there.
We’ll quickly add a few more points. We’ll state our first three screeds in the form of questions:
The professors: Have you seen a single professor or logician intervene in this endlessly bungled matter? Have you seen a single professor adopt a platform within the press to challenge the reams of nonsense surrounding this discussion? To clarify the facts of this case?
What’s the point of having professors if they refuse to serve?
The newspapers: Have you see a major news org battle to clarify this nonsense? Alas! When the New York Times revisited this topic in a lengthy front-page report, they misquoted something Susan Rice said on those Sunday TV shows and otherwise misparaphrased her.
That is your press corps’ skill level.
The liberal pundits: Have you seen a single liberal pundit demand that our big news orgs try to explain the basic facts of this case? Within the career liberal world, such things simply aren’t done.
Finally, some basics concerning Rice:
Benghazi involves more than Susan Rice’s famous TV appearances. But these basic points remain true about the things she said:
Susan Rice said, again and again, that she was giving a preliminary account of what happened—that the investigation would continue. When an official keeps saying that the facts have not been established, Republicans and journalists shouldn’t pretend that she made the opposite claim.
Susan Rice didn’t say that a bunch of protestors staged the killing attack. Simply put, she didn’t say that on the Sunday programs for which she has been reviled. John McCain and others invented that claim. Our “journalists” began to recite.
Susan Rice didn’t deny that terrorists staged the attack. When Bob Schieffer directly asked if al Qaeda had staged the attack, she said that might be the case. She said it may have been “al Qaeda affiliates,” or even “al Qaeda itself.” This statement was instantly disappeared in service to McCain’s narrative.
You live in a deeply stupid nation, a nation which is run by deeply lazy elites. The “press corps” has thoroughly ceased to exist. The professors are useless as well.
In the matter of Benghazi, John McCain invented a tale; the “press corps” bought it and started reciting. Josh and Rachel and Chris and E. J. will never directly attack press conduct in a case of this type.
The journalists will continue to squirm, fudging and fuzzing for all they’re worth. The professors will diddle themselves, perhaps in the south of France.
We’ll continue exploring their work in the coming weekends. Before we’re done, we may even discuss the set of all sets not members of themselves!