Brent Bozell
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Hillary Clinton declared while traveling in Peru -- weeks after the 9/11 attacks on our consulate in Benghazi -- that she was taking responsibility for the dreadful lack of security that cost the lives of our Ambassador to Libya and three others. But when a CBS reporter asked who'd given false information to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to broadcast nationally via five different Sunday TV interviews, Hillary's answer was classic Clintonian: You'll have to ask her.

How's that for "taking responsibility"? And where oh where are the media now?

Will the media elites finally take responsibility to demand answers about this outrageous cover-up of a terrorist attack? Or is reelecting Obama more important than demanding the Obama administration answer the questions about Libya?

Some media outlets -- including CNN, which walked out of the consulate with the ambassador's journal -- have been working on this story. But so many journalists and pundits have circled the wagons. Amazingly, but not surprisingly, they are suggesting there is no need to hold the Obama administration accountable.

The day after Darrell Issa's House hearing into the failures in Libya, The New York Times relegated the story to page A-3 and an editor huffed "There were six better stories" on the front page. On NPR's "Diane Rehm Show," Times reporter Sheryl Stolberg fell in line, stating no one could argue with Joe Biden's counter-factual claim, during the vice presidential debate, that they had no knowledge of requests for better security in Libya.

Stolberg insisted Biden "said we were very honest with the American people. We were giving the American people the intelligence as we got it. We are investigating this -- what happened here. If there are intelligence lapses, we will make certain they never happen again. So, you know, I don't think you could argue with that."

Except that it wasn't true. The White House knew it was a terrorist attack within 24 hours -- yet continued, for days, blaming a silly video virtually no one's ever seen.

Journalists claim they check and double-check everything. But apparently, Stolberg thinks every word that escapes in the hot breath of Joe Biden is unquestionably valid.

Later that day on NPR, both the liberal analyst and the faux-conservative analyst of their "Week In Politics" segment agreed that pressing for answers on this Libya thing was a political loser. Liberal columnist E.J. Dionne insisted: "Republicans are bringing up Benghazi, which, [while it] is important, it's a tragic, awful thing that happened, but it will not be a voting issue."

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Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
 
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