My political perceptions were formed in the Watergate Era. I was 15 years old when President Nixon resigned. I grew up believing that journalism – investigative reporting – was an honorable, necessary, and vital part of the American political dialog. Woodward and Bernstein were heroes to me. I grew up with the notion that a reporter’s job was to go wherever the story took him; to keep digging, to keep looking, to keep asking questions and never, ever take the word of a politician at face value.
Fast forward about 40 years. We’ve got a situation where a sitting President was aware that one of our Ambassadors and his entourage were in grave danger, apparently had real-time video of the attacks taking place, received multiple requests for assistance from those on the ground in harm’s way AND DID NOTHING. It even appears that the President or someone in his chain of command actively ordered those who were willing to take action to stand down. Forget the niceties of polite conversation. This is fucking criminal, and it pisses me off.
But what pisses me off even more is that the mainstream journalistic establishment apparently has absolutely no curiosity about these events whatsoever. It’s as if the President has said “Hey, nothing to see here.” and every single one of the mainstream “journalists” said, “Oh, okay. Must not be a story here.”
What happened to fucking “Question Authority!” What happened to the ability, when confronted with half a dozen administration officials, including the President, giving two dozen versions of events, to say “Hey, wait a minute. Something’s not right here.” What happened to the ability to ask questions and not quit until all the answers have been dug up?
Look, this is not about politics for me. I despise the Democrats/Leftists for their counter-factual, fantasy-land, “government will save you” worldview and the damage they have done to this country. I despise the Republicans/Right for their crony-capitalist lip-service to smaller government and their “let’s cut taxes and spending without actually eliminating anything” fairy-dust nonsense. For all the rhetoric, neither side is really interested in smaller government or less government intervention in my life; that would mean they had less bureaucracy to hide behind and less favors to hand out to their contributors. Yes, I think Obama has been a disaster for America. No, I don’t think that Romney will be anything other than slightly less bad. That’s not what this is about.
When I say “media bias” folks on the left will dismiss me as being some kind of right wing nut-job. Whatever. The fact that I’m not really right wing doesn’t fit with the narrative and is profoundly inconvenient, but that’s never stopped anyone before. It’s also irrelevant to my point.
My point is that you’ve already made up your mind about “media bias,” one way or the other. BUT, I defy anyone to look me in the eye and tell me that if it were anyone but Obama involved, the press wouldn’t be crawling all over the Benghazi story, demanding answers, digging for information, not taking the official “No story here” bullshit at face value, and calling the Administration on what should, to any rational, thinking adult, smell like a steaming pile of bullshit. The Right constantly whined about how Dubya was treated by the press. The personal attacks and the BUSHITLER crap was unprofessional and uncalled for, but the press was right to go through what the President did with a fine-toothed comb. That was their job.
It’s still their fucking job, and the fact that they absolutely refuse to do it when it comes to the events in Benghazi is professional malfeasance at best. If things are as bad as it appears they might be, it makes them complicit in treason. I don’t give a rat’s ass about the politics involved. This is not about politics.
This is about honor and/or the apparent lack thereof, by the Administration and by the press.