- Gregory Hicks, deputy chief of the mission in Libya, testified that, “I was stunned. My jaw dropped. And I was embarrassed,” watching Ms. Rice’s mischaracterizations of the attack on TV.
- When Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, went to Libya to investigate, Mr. Hicks testified, he was told by Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl D. Mills, not to let Mr. Chaffetz attend any meeting without a lawyer. When Rep. Chaffetz did attend one such meeting, Mr. Hicks was phoned by a furious Ms. Mills, who knows damage control; she conducted Bill Clinton’s impeachment defense.
- Mr. Hicks said higher-ups tried to block him from cooperating with the committee, and that he was busted to a lower job.
With that, and more, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank proclaimed in his May 9th column that “Hicks didn’t lay a glove on Hillary Rodham Clinton.” It’s true that Hillary’s name barely came up. But then, in the run-up to Watergate, they didn’t lay a glove on Richard Nixon, either.
Mr. Milbank also summarized Mr. Hicks’ riveting testimony as “gripes” that were “about bureaucratic squabbles rather than political scandal.” Right. And the Boston Marathon was marred by an appliance malfunction.
The Associated Press ran a piece by Donna Cassata entitled, “GOP Benghazi hearing stokes political controversy.”
The hearing was conducted by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has sitting members of both parties. When Democrats chair hearings, it’s about good government. When Republicans do it, it’s political theater. I don’t recall the AP describing any Obamacare sessions as a “Democrat health care hearing.”
Breitbart.com’s Todd Warner Huston further points out that, “Cassata inserts her opinion into the description of the day's events as well.” Here’s her fourth paragraph:
“Nearly eight months later, Republicans continue to investigate despite an exhaustive independent review and hours of testimony from senior administration officials.”
And how “exhaustive” is that review? Elliott Abrams, who headed Middle East affairs in the George W. Bush Administration, wrote, “Mrs. Clinton’s role in this matter remains obscure in part because the State Department’s Accountability Review Board did not interview her, amazingly enough.” That’s amazing, all right.
We may never know exactly what transpired, because, as Terence Jeffrey writes at CNSNews.com, “Amb. Thomas Pickering and Admiral Mike Mullen, the co-chairs of the State Department’s Accountability Review Board that investigated the Benghazi attack ... have refused requests from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to testify in the committee or even speak informally with it.”
Except for Fox News, The Washington Times, Townhall, and some other conservative news sites, not much of this was being reported. It heated up on Friday, when the press corps, perhaps stung by suggestions that they were stooges, stirred long enough to ask White House press secretary Jay Carney some real questions on Benghazi and the IRS’s targeting of Tea Parties and other conservative groups.
Until then, it was largely up to others to get the word out.
A Washington Post blog post, “Who’s Tweeting about Benghazi? Rich, middle-aged men and Chick-fil-A lovers,” reported that Tweeters using the #Benghazi tag during the hearing were “58.3% male, with an average age of 52.6 and a median income of $61,800 … they also like Chick-fil-A and Walmart.”
Guns-and-religion-clinging Americans, doing the job the media won’t do.
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