Alex Seitz-Wald at Salon demonstrates why Vile Progs are vile:
Benghazi returning as big scandal
The GOP may finally get its wish with three new whistle-blowers, but has it already undermined its cred?
There’s been a lot of smoke in the would-be scandal over the Benghazi attacks, but no real fire yet.
But that may change when three “whistle-blowers” give what Republicans expect to be explosive testimony this week before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee. The controversy over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in the Libyan city has smoldered, mainly on the right, but the testimony will likely push it back into the mainstream and could be an enormous distraction for an already injured second-term Obama.
Unlike the vast majority of the new information brought forward by the conservative media since the attack, the three whistle-blowers seem credible. One, Gregory Hicks, was the No. 2 State Department official in Libya before the attack and has decades of experience in the Foreign Service. Another, Eric Nordstrom, was the regional security officer in country for State. And the third, Mark Thompson, is the deputy coordinator for operations in the department’s counterterrorism bureau and was involved in Washington’s response to the Libya attacks.
The charges seem potentially damaging and the accusers credible, but those trying to fan flames of scandal have so embarrassed and discredited themselves by pushing bogus story lines on Benghazi that it may be hard for the media and American people to take any new allegations seriously. For instance, the last time we saw a “Benghazi whistle-blower,” it was an anonymous Fox News source, but he seemed to know so little about basic special operations that military analysts called him a clown and an embarrassment.
In the Fast and Furious scandal, analogous in many ways to Benghazi in the way it played out in the media, there was real wrongdoing, but conservatives grasped at straws to make wider, unsubstantiated allegations that let the actual problems largely escape notice.
If the three new witnesses don’t get the attention they deserve, Fox News and its ilk deserve much of the blame.
Four Americans are dead, an innocent filmmaker is in jail, there is now overwhelming evidence that the Obama administration engaged in a cover-up of their gross negligence, but Salon blames Fox News and the GOP.
Unfuckingbelievable. I can’t believe I once had a paid subscription to Salon.
Pardon me while I scream.