Just as soon as we thought we were done with Benghazi, Fox News decides to pull it back out for the sake of ratings and the fall election. Yup, you heard that right, Benghazi is back and Fox is all over it once again.
Nobody in the mainstream media has done more to parade the corpses of the 4 U.S. citizens who died that night in September 2012 for political propaganda than Fox News. They’ve also managed to avoid bringing up the fact that Congressional Republicans have repeatedly voted to cut funding for diplomatic security, which may or may not have been a factor leading to the death of Ambassador Stevens and three others two years ago. All the diplomats, soldiers and American citizens who died in attacks on diplomatic posts under previous administrations? Those get conveniently ignored but Benghazi keeps popping up over and over again for the sake of ratings and scoring political points.
You see, at Fox News, everything is somehow connected to Benghazi like the six degrees of separation. Perhaps I’m slightly exaggerating, but if you subject yourself to watching enough of it, that’s the way it would seem. Because nothing else gets the armchair patriots riled up and donating to Sarah PAC or others like bringing up the same tired old talking points and promises that a new leak will finally implicate Hillary Clinton or even the president himself.
No matter what, it’s Benghazi. Rain in Seattle this weekend? Benghazi. The President made par on a golf game with some staffers? Benghazi. Some lunatic tried to jump the White House fence? Benghazi. NFL scandal involving domestic abuse of girlfriends or kids by a player? You got it, Benghazi!
From Media Matters, which does a better job of keeping up with the nonsense on Fox than I do:
Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck connected an ongoing National Football League controversy surrounding domestic violence to the September 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
The Fox & Friends host tweeted September 16, “Imagine if everyone that asked for transparency in the #nfl @nfl Demanded that same #transparency in our #government,” adding the hashtags “#Benghazi” and “#IRS,” references to the terrorist attack and the alleged targeting by the IRS of tax exempt organizations. (Source)
And just for proof, here’s the screenshot I took from her Twitter account.
As I’ve said before, barring the nomination of Bernie Sanders or someone else in 2016, Fox News and just about everyone else knows the job is Hillary Clinton’s if she wants it. With that in mind, Fox and the Republican Party have done everything they can to bring up the subject of Benghazi over and over again, despite not having found one shred of evidence that anyone in President Obama’s administration was negligent in any way.
Why? Because that’s the only thing they can really attack President Obama and Hillary Clinton on. Unemployment is down from where it was at during the height of the Great Recession, the stock market is near a record high and the deficit is shrinking. Sure, they’ll blame the crisis in Iraq on President Obama, despite the fact the troop withdrawal timetable was set by a Bush Administration agreement with Nouri al-Malaki who is partially responsible for the situation we are dealing with now. The job market still sucks, but then that brings up the uncomfortable fact that trickle-down economics doesn’t work after all.
In the world of the hardcore Fox News devotee, President Obama’s birth certificate is still a fake and Hillary Clinton is still responsible for Benghazi – and that’s what they’ll repeat over and over again until November 2016. You can count on that.
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