When we last checked in on Barack Obama discussing Benghazi on the network news, he was reassuring Brian Williams on the Oct. 25 "Rock Center" that "we're going to do a full investigation." It's a year later, and it's still "we are going to." Last fall, Williams and Obama posed as curious for answers on how this disaster happened. Neither of them has demonstrated any noticeable curiosity since.
A new Media Research Center study of Benghazi coverage in 2013 on ABC, CBS and NBC shows there are two routine modes of operation: (a) praising Team Obama's public relations and (b) silence.
The first option came during Hillary Clinton's ridiculous outburst in her January testimony asking, "What difference does it make?" how four Americans died in a terrorist attack. Diane Sawyer at ABC offered thumbs up for "the fiery appearance for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. ... The indignation and then the tears in her eyes."
But NBC was goopier. Brian Williams proclaimed Clinton "leaves her post as the most admired woman in the world in the Gallup poll, for the 11th year in a row." Then reporter Andrea Mitchell lauded her professionalism: "Parrying hostile questions all day, Clinton was also the political pro. Massaging big egos, sidestepping attacks when she could. When she couldn't, giving as good as she got."
The only other real outbursts of Benghazi news came during the brief Obama-scandal outbreak in May. The riveting House testimony of Greg Hicks, the deputy to deceased Ambassador Chris Stevens, was recognized by the networks as "dramatic" and "emotional," but it didn't really change their incuriosity. None of the networks brought Hicks on to retell it in a live exclusive interview at the time.
As usual, the other news networks are trying to ignore the news Fox reports. On April 29, an anonymous source inside the special-operations community claimed many people connected to the Benghazi siege feel threatened and are afraid to talk. "The problem is, you got guys in my position, you got guys in special operations community who are still active and still involved," the source said. "And they would be decapitated if they came forward with information that would affect high level commanders."
On the same day on "Special Report with Bret Baier," Correspondent James Rosen reported at least three career State Department employees and at least one more at the CIA had retained lawyers (or were in the process of doing so) to provide sensitive information to Congress about Benghazi.
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