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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Benghazi Committee's Five Massive Media Mistakes

The report of the House Select Committee on Benghazi was released Tuesday, and landed with a thud — despite being full of revelations indicating President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed in their most basic duties.

Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) tried his best, given the obstruction of the White House, and the media’s obsequious efforts to protect Clinton. But he also hurt himself by making several unnecessary errors in handling the media aspect of the inquiry.

1. Failing to make Clinton take the oath in public. Gowdy and the committee agreed to let Hillary Clinton swear-in behind closed doors, sparing her a potentially embarrassing spectacle. Gowdy’s intentions were, no doubt, good, and he wanted to protect the committee from accusations that it was being used for partisan purposes. But by making special arrangements for Clinton, the committee also allowed the media to avoid acknowledging that she was, in fact, accountable for her (in)actions.



Anonymous said...

Agreed that they should have fought harder for the truth and report the findings without considering political consequences. This was about getting to the bottom of exactly why four Americans, fighting for this country, died without the protection of our military told to "stand down." It was mishandled for political reasoning--not to embarrass Obama running for a 2nd term and having just said, "Al Queda is on the run."

Anonymous said...

They should have dragged her into court in shackles and an orange jumpsuit. If any of us did what she did that's how we would be presented.

Anonymous said...

Not once have I seen the GOP keep any democrat accountable for anything since Clinton. Since then they just cover it all up. Gowdy obviously did all he could to make sure this report would not make Hillary look too bad.