Still uncorrected after all these years: How inept are we in the pseudo-liberal world?
Just consider something the folks constantly hear on Fox. Last night, they heard it from Sean Hannity, during a discussion about alleged lies concerning Benghazi.
Did the White House lie about the Benghazi attacks? In particular, did the White House create a phony story about a demonstration at the consulate that night?
Liberal guest Lanny Davis noted that the initial “narrative of a spontaneous demonstration” was created by the CIA, not by the White House.
“The CIA wrote the words, ‘spontaneous demonstration,’ ” Davis told Hannity, “despite the fact that Republicans have attributed that to the White House.”
Hannity knew what to do at that point; he knew what the playbook demanded. Turning to his conservative guest, the skillful dissembler said this:
HANNITY (5/14/14): Did you ever hear, Stephen [Hayes], of a case of a spontaneous demonstration where RPGs are actually in the back pocket and they just happen to pull them out and happen to fire them, and it goes on for 14 hours and we don't send anybody in to help?There was more to Hayes’ response. For the record, he started with a familiar sleight-of-hand about “preplanning.”
HAYES: No. That was not the case. And it's very clear that there was at least some preplanning and some organization to those attacks.
In the highlighted statement by Hannity, you see the standard burlesque of what Susan Rice said on the Sunday shows on September 16, 2012. It’s what John McCain said in real time, right there on Face the Nation.
When McCain said it that day, it was an absurd burlesque of what Rice had just finished saying. Rice hadn’t said that demonstrators staged the killing attacks that night. On the various Sunday shows, she said the killing attack was staged by “extremists” armed with “heavy weapons” who arrived at the scene and “hijacked events.”
They might have been “al Qaeda itself,” she had just finished telling Bob Schieffer.
All that was disappeared. Susan Rice didn’t say that demonstrators staged the attack. But that’s how McCain reinvented her statement, and Schieffer played right along.
(To review the transcript from that program, see Tuesday’s post.)
Twenty months later, Fox viewers are still being handed this stupid burlesque of what Rice actually said. It was a burlesque when McCain stated it in real time. Twenty months later, it remains a burlesque, right to this very day.
Hannity offered a stupid burlesque of what Susan Rice said. But so what? Twenty months later, that absurd burlesque has never been corrected!
The New York Times hasn’t corrected or challenged this stupid, highly familiar account. No one in the liberal world has ever told them to do so.
By the way, Lanny Davis didn’t correct that presentation last night. He got off to a fiery start, but he let that old groaner go.
Fox viewers heard the story again. As always, our side let it go.
Right there in that short exchange, you see the heart and soul of our broken “national discourse.”
Fox viewers have been hearing that stupid account for twenty months now. It's a trademarked Standard Deception. We know of no one in the upper-end liberal or mainstream world who has ever tried to challenge, correct or confront it.
In particular, the overpaid children on MSNBC haven’t worked to challenge this standard deception. Instead, they teach us to mock the viewers of Fox, who have no way of knowing that they are being misled when they hear this familiar story.
Why should we mock the viewers of Fox? Why don’t we mock ourselves?
Gene Lyons, just last week: It's possible to note what Susan Rice actually said. Gene Lyons did so last week.
The liberal world has never decided that the pushback should be performed en masse.
You can make up tales about us all you like. Twenty months later, your silly tales will still be perfectly good.