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Salon: Fox Ruined ‘Cred’ Of Benghazi Witnesses

From Salon Magazine:

Benghazi returning as big scandal

The GOP may finally get its wish with three new whistle-blowers, but has it already undermined its cred?

By Alex Seitz-Wald | May 6, 2013

There’s been a lot of smoke in the would-be scandal over the Benghazi attacks, but no real fire yet.

Think of the willing blindness that went into that one sentence alone.

But that may change when three “whistle-blowers” give what Republicans expect to be explosive testimony this week before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee. The controversy over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in the Libyan city has smoldered, mainly on the right, but the testimony will likely push it back into the mainstream and could be an enormous distraction for an already injured second-term Obama.

Unlike the vast majority of the new information brought forward by the conservative media since the attack, the three whistle-blowers seem credible…

The charges seem potentially damaging and the accusers credible, but those trying to fan flames of scandal have so embarrassed and discredited themselves by pushing bogus story lines on Benghazi that it may be hard for the media and American people to take any new allegations seriously.

For instance, the last time we saw a “Benghazi whistle-blower,” it was an anonymous Fox News source, but he seemed to know so little about basic special operations that military analysts called him a clown and an embarrassment.

According to the links, he was called a clown by Billy Birdzell who is a self-proclaimed U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer and special operations team leader, who is pursuing a master’s degree in security studies at Georgetown University. And he was called "an embarrassment" by Birdzell’s anonymous friend. Great authorities there.

In the Fast and Furious scandal, analogous in many ways to Benghazi in the way it played out in the media, there was real wrongdoing, but conservatives grasped at straws to make wider, unsubstantiated allegations that let the actual problems largely escape notice.

No, there was no wrong-doing in Fast & Furious.

If the three new witnesses don’t get the attention they deserve, Fox News and its ilk deserve much of the blame.

By the way, Salon won’t ever tell you, but the author of this laughable piece is an assistant editor for Think Progress, which is the website for the radical Democrat front group, the Center For American Progress.

Which is to say, he is a professional propagandist. What a surprise, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Salon: Fox Ruined ‘Cred’ Of Benghazi Witnesses”

  1. River0 says:

    The only “clown” here with no credibility is Alex Seitz-Wald, the author of this piece of animal waste.

    His scrawling is called “whistling past the graveyard”, as in, “Don’t look at the stone markers proving there are rotting, dead bodies buried there. Keep moving. Nothing to see. Everything’s fine.” Globally, a lot of people know the score; particularly our gleeful enemies.

    Most worried of all are our military personnel. They will never be safe, or feel safe, as long as there’s a Demonicrat in power. This is what America haters and crypto-Marxists always do. They betray us.

    Fox has been precisely accurate and fair with every bit of its reporting, even allowing naysayers Bob Beckel and Juan Williams to do their own “whistling past the graveyard.”

    Benghazi dwarfs Watergate, where nobody died, and the only real crime was Nixon’s blundering attempt to hide it. I watched all of it unfold when it happened.

    Benghazi involves murder, mayhem, massive incompetence, ineptitude, grotesque lies to the world, and witness tampering on a mega-scale.

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