Monday, November 4, 2013

A Couple of Things Not Worthy of News Coverage

So, the Republicans were alive with excitement the last couple of weeks about a 60 minutes report featuring a person who described being at the scene of the Benghazi shootings, climbing over a 12 foot wall, clubbing Al Qaida guys with his rifle butt, etc; and building a case that Obama and Hillary failed totally in their response to the incident.  Naturally, this was picked up with enthusiasm by the right wing blogosphere.  Here are a few samples:

World Net Daily:  "'60 Minutes' contradicts State's key Benghazi claim...Hillary's report denied forces delayed by orders to wait"
The Blaze:  "’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report Blames White House — Was ‘Planned, Sophisticated’ Attack on ‘Barely Protected American Compound’
Legal Insurrection:  "60 Minutes confirms Benghazi is a real scandal, and you’ve been lied to...60 Minutes had an absolutely devastating report on the Obama administration’s failure to protect Ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans in Benghazi."
Power Line:  "60 Minutes: Benghazi Is Too Awful a Scandal to Cover Up"

And naturally, this "story" has resulted in the usual demands from the Republicans for yet more grandstanding Congressional hearings and abuse directed toward the Obama administration.

Well, it turns out that the guy was never at the Benghazi compound during the fatal incident.  He made it all up, and wrote a book about it, which just happens to be published by a division of CBS, the network that put him on the air to push his malicious lies about Obama and Hillary.

None of the Sunday talk shows, or pretty much anyone else in the mainstream media seemed to have a shred of concern about this.  Remember Dan Rather, a legendary journalist who was driven out of the profession for daring to try to report on the true story that George W. Bush deserted the army during the Vietnam War?  Nothing like that this time around, of course.

And now another story, the tale of this Ciancia guy who shot up LAX a couple of days ago.  The press has totally ignored the fact that the handwritten statement found on him when he was shot referred to the "New World Order,"  and something called "fiat currency," a concept popularized initially by followers of the Austrian school of economics (i.e. the usual right wing economic liars) and virtually unknown outside of hard right groups like the patriot movement and the Sovereign Citizens.  This makes it clear that this guy was a right wing terrorist, but it is not allowed to mention that fact to the American people. No, only Muslims can be terrorists- right wingers who shoot innocent people because of their sick ideology are just random crazy people, with no connection at all to the Glenn Becks and Alex Joneses who spend their lives inciting this kind of action.  After all, right wingers are patriots, who treasure freedom and liberty, and would never do anything to harm the country.

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