Here we are, almost three years after the attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and we’re still talking about it. The way in which Republicans have blatantly used this tragedy for political gains has been absolutely pathetic. Hell, even last November when a Republican-led investigation debunked every lie they’ve been pushing since 2012, they still didn’t stop. All John Boehner did was order Republicans to conduct another one.
It is the truest form of the term “witch-hunt.” They’re not holding these “investigations” to find out what actually happened (numerous investigations have already concluded what happened), they’re hoping that if they keep digging they’ll be able to find anything they can spin into some fear-mongering headline to use against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Heck, I predicted two years ago that this is exactly what they were going to do.
Well, the lies just keep on coming. Head Republican Benghazi “investigator” Rep. Trey Gowdy went on Fox News and made the ridiculous claim that in the last six months (you know, since the last Republican-led investigation failed to support any of these right-wing conspiracies), despite his requests, he’s yet to receive even a “scrap” of paper from the State Department.
“It’s a conscious decision not to cooperate with a legitimate congressional inquiry,” Gowdy said. “I don’t want the drama. I want the documents. They have had half a year and I have not gotten a single, solitary scrap of paper.”
Politifact rated his statement as “Mostly False.”
So, just how many documents has Gowdy received from the State Department? Well, 850 pages to be exact.
The House Benghazi Committee’s own report notes that in response to a November 2014 request for emails from Clinton and her top aides, the State Department has produced 850 pages of Clinton’s emails.
Yet, Gowdy went on Fox News and claimed he hadn’t received a “single, solitary scrap of paper.” In other words, the guy who’s in charge of “finding out the truth” about Benghazi went on a major cable news channel and blatantly lied to the American people in order to perpetuate the myth that the State Department is “stonewalling” his investigation. I guess we can just add this fabricated conspiracy to the seemingly endless list of nonsense Republicans have fabricated about this attack.
Naturally, because conservatives are told by Fox News that all other media outlets are not to be trusted, and they’re damn sure not going to correct Gowdy’s lie (nor did they challenge his claim during the interview), instantly every conservative who comes across this comment will blindly believe that it’s true. And even if one of those folks happens to come across this article or the original Politifact fact-check, they probably won’t believe this information anyway – because it’s not being spoon-fed to them by Fox News.
To be honest, it really is a masterful setup. First you push the idea that any and all other media sources are part of some conspiracy to hide the truth, then all you have to do is sit back and report whatever lies and misinformation you feel like, because your sheepish viewers will never doubt anything you say or trust anyone who debunks your lies. It’s the foundation on which every cult is formed.
Though it’s like I often say, never trust anyone who tells you that they’re the only one you can trust and everyone else is lying – because that almost always means they’re the last ones you should trust.