What happened to the bulldogs in the media? When it came to covering the Benghazi terrorist attack, the media sounded like a pack of Chihuahuas. The media is the last guardian of free speech in America. If the media becomes a megaphone for politicians, then there is no point to the media at all.
We can’t expect politicians to behave themselves if reporters don’t hold politicians accountable. If the Benghazi coverage taught us anything, it’s that journalists need to be more aggressive, more inquisitive and more driven to get to the facts in stories.
A February 2013 Rasmussen poll shows that 54 percent of Americans distrust the news media and just six percent of all Americans think the news media is “very trustworthy.”
After the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, very few American journalists have been willing to be bullish on Benghazi and get to the truth of the story. As I have pointed out before, there is ample evidence pointing to a massive Benghazigate cover up orchestrated by President Obama as well as potential perjury by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Last week, Esquire Magazine published a long piece ridiculing one of the few journalists who has prioritized truth over politics while covering the Benghazi story, namely CBS investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson. Shame on Esquire. Attkisson is one of the last-standing heroes in media; she is driven by the truth and nothing else.
Truth is not political. Sharyl Attkisson is not “betraying liberals” by joining FOX News in devoting extensive coverage to the Benghazi story. She is simply speaking the truth and helping others see the truth. She is honoring the four Americans who died in a terrorist attack that our President irresponsibly blamed on a YouTube video.
During last Wednesday’s explosive Congressional hearing with three Benghazi whistleblowers—and for the past several months leading up to the hearing—Attkisson has been blowing her own whistle on Benghazi. On her Twitter feed (@SharylAttkisson), she has continually updated the public with facts about Benghazi.