In a stinging indictment of the mainstream media Thursday, conservative syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said that the withdrawal of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice from consideration as the next Secretary of State will mean that the media will lose interest in Benghazi entirely.
“And I think with her not being nominated, Benghazi scandal will die in the mainstream media. They will have no interest in this story,” Krauthammer said.
Krauthammer made the remarks on the Thursday evening edition of “Special Report.”
During the presidential campaign President Obama remarked repeatedly that he would stand by the beleaguered Rice who came under fire from Senate Republicans for appearing on five Sunday morning news programs to make the false claim that the Benghazi massacre was the consequence of an obscure anti-Muslim film made in the United States.
The president did not help matters when he quipped during a news conference at the White House that it was wrong for U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain to go after Rice, when as U.N. ambassador she had nothing to do with Benghazi. This begged the question, if Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, then why was she the one sent out by the administration to explain the massacre to the national audience on five Sunday morning news shows?
To be fair, Obama is correct that Rice would not know very much about the Benghazi massacre, except what she had been told by the president and/or certain select administration officials who were concerned about the truth leaking out before the election that the massacre was the direct result of a failed Obama foreign policy and that contrary to what the president touted during the campaign, al Qaeda had been far from rendered impotent. They are stronger than ever although somewhat disjointed at the top leadership level.
Rice’s main error was in helping the administration politicize the massacre during an election year.
Yet even with Rice gone, numerous unanswered questions remain about what, exactly, happened the night of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya during which the U.S. ambassador to Libya was slain along with three other Americans. Obama may have succumbed to seeking protection from the mainstream media’s inquiries by accepting Rice’s withdrawal, despite his repeated earlier statements in her support, but regardless of whether or not the three major networks pursue answers as to what went wrong, Republicans in the Senate insist they have no intention of letting the matter drop.
Sen. Graham stated that even some of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate are deeply troubled by Benghazi and want to know the truth. This places the spotlight squarely on the president, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former CIA Director David Petraeus.
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