CNN anchor Jake Tapper blandly admitted the obvious in a radio interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. The same reporters that insist their former Republican Party favorite Chris Christie is ruined for 2016 by traffic jams on a bridge are letting Hillary Clinton skate for embassy-security neglect that led to four dead government employees at Benghazi.
Why would so-called watchdogs of government suggest Clinton is a shoo-in in 2016 as if Benghazi never happened? Tapper strangely suggested that Benghazi always seemed like more of a White House scandal than a State Department scandal, and I don't blame him, because Clinton didn't grant him an interview.
"Hillary Clinton was on her way out, and you know, I can't tackle her," he said in self-defense. "I haven't had a chance to interview her since Benghazi happened. I don't even know, has she done interviews? I think she did some interviews on her way out."
That's awfully coy. In fact, after Clinton's ridiculous "what difference does it make" defense a year ago, lapped up by media lapdogs as some kind of "riveting" triumph, she quickly granted interviews to ABC, CBS and NBC. All three networks now pounding away at Christie were, and continue to be AWOL on Hillary. They have punted the chance to be watchdogs.
The most infamous one we remember is Steve Kroft's joint Barack Obama-and-Clinton interview for "60 Minutes," when Kroft asked two questions on her Benghazi testimony. First, "You had a very long day. Also, how is your health?" And second, "Do you feel guilty in any way, at a personal level? Do you blame yourself that you didn`t know or that you should have known?"
This allowed Clinton to express regret for her "personal loss" and insist against all the evidence that she was tremendously interested in embassy security.
On NBC, State Department correspondent Andrea Mitchell interviewed her pal Clinton, but they only showed snippets in two news accounts. Don't blink, or you'll miss the Benghazi seconds. Clinton said, "Well, Benghazi went wrong. You know, that was a terrible example of trying to get the right balance between being in a threatening place or not being there."
Mitchell had one question: "But in retrospect, shouldn't a cable warning of a security threat from an ambassador in a conflict zone, shouldn't that get the highest possible attention immediately?" Clinton responded, oh well, maybe next time: "Well, that's what we're hoping to make sure does happen in the future." Then it was on to Clinton's work for women's rights around the globe.