Cal  Thomas

Kroft mentioned the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya and properly called it "...the biggest diplomatic disaster of this administration," but the question he put to Clinton was limp: "Do you blame yourself that you didn't know or that you should have known?"

Before conducting the interview, Kroft should have read several questions tweeted by CBS News' investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. As published on Breitbart.com, Attkisson wanted to know, "Who is the highest-ranking official who was aware of pre-9/11 security requests from U.S. personnel in Libya?" "Who is/are the official(s) responsible for removing reference to al-Qaeda from the original CIA notes?" "What is your response to the president stating that on Sept. 12, he called 9/11 a terrorist attack, in light of his CBS interview on that date in which he answered that it was too early to know whether it was a terrorist attack?"

Politicians go on shows that won't confront them with hard questions they don't want to answer. If those questions are asked, they'll likely not appear on those shows again. The media need ratings and to get them they need high-profile guests. Politicians know this. That's the unholy alliance between much of big media and political leaders.

Something similar occurred on Sunday's edition of ABC's "The Week." Reporter Martha Raddatz interviewed Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) for six minutes and never asked him about reports in The Daily Caller alleging that he has frequented underage prostitutes in the Dominican Republic, sometimes flying there on private planes paid for by a campaign contributor. Menendez's spokeswoman has called the report "unsubstantiated garbage." Still, Raddatz should have asked him about it.

The primary role of journalists is to question authority. In these two instances, Kroft and Raddatz fell short.


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