How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Benghazi.

gops change light bulb

They’re back with their “star” witness (as noted yesterday).

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post
Fox News Aired Nearly 1,100 Benghazi Segments Across 5 Programs, Study Finds

NEW YORK — Benghazi is back in the spotlight this week, as the House on Wednesday begins its select committee hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks. But given that conservative media have claimed for more than two years that the Obama administration orchestrated a cover-up of critical information about the attacks, it’s not like Benghazi ever really went away.

Fox News, which has led the cover-up charge in conservative media, aired 1,098 evening television segments on Benghazi between the night of the attacks and the formation of the select committee in early May of this year

Yes, as I began to get into yesterday, the whole “Sharyl Attkisson scoop” is for a story more than a year old (May, 2013) that added nothing, but hyped the Issa House Hearings and was the subject of a Faux Nooz kaffeeklatsch this morning on something called “Outnumbered.”

attkisson

Once a reporter, Attkisson is now a paid shill for Rupert Murdoch

When they went to the all-women-and-one-bald-guy couch yak, it was FIRST noted that “Sharyl Attkisson broke this story,” which is, of course, a bald-faced lie. Attkisson, was, at BEST, acting as a Darrell Issa/Faux Nooz press flak, hyping the upcoming Kangaro0 Court. As I noted, even the “poems” she quotes from the ‘whistleblower’ were already covered by Josh Rogin in The Daily Beast on May 20, 2013.

But in case you wondered whether Sharyl Attkisson — publishing her “tell all” book on CBS not covering Benghazi via Rupert Murdoch’s Harper books — is in cahoots with her new employer, wonder no further. This was as coordinated as any Rose Parade, albeit less colorful and tediously MUCH MUCH longer.

Stonewalled Autographed by Sharyl Attkisson PremiereCollectibles

Already selling “collectible” autographed  copies of a
book that isn’t even out and may not even be finished.
How much “integrity” does that take? 

But look at the fixity of the propaganda:

Fox News aired 244 segments suggesting “the Obama administration did not initially refer to the attacks in Benghazi as ‘terror’ or a ‘terrorist act,’” according to the study. The truth is that Obama referred to the attacks the next day as an “act of terror,” a fact Republican nominee Mitt Romney seemed unaware of during a famous presidential debate exchange in October 2012.

The network aired 174 Benghazi-related segments in the month leading up to the November 2012 presidential election. Indeed, Fox News even largely ignored Hurricane Sandy that month to focus on Benghazi, as The Huffington Post noted at the time.

During the 20-month period studied, Fox News aired 478 segments invoking the administration talking points used by former ambassador to the United Nation and current National Security Adviser Susan Rice during her Sept. 16, 2012, appearances on the Sunday morning shows. The networked aired 281 segments alleging a “cover-up” by the Obama administration, with over a hundred references to past Washington scandals like Watergate and Iran-Contra. The study also found that Fox News tried 105 times to link Benghazi to Clinton’s presumed political aspirations.

A running theme on Fox News, and within conservative media more broadly, is that the mainstream media ignored the Benghazi story.

The reality is that journalists covered the Benghazi attacks on the ground in real time and in the immediate aftermath. A number of journalists even reached the prime Benghazi suspect before the U.S. government did. The New York Times conducted a months-long investigation of the attacks, and other news organizations contributed reporting that advanced the public’s understanding of what happened that night….

And The Daily Beast covered the “whistleblower” and blew some big holes in his story of victimhood long before Sharyl Attkisson’s report, released on The Heritage Foundation’s fake “news” blog, along with her new BS title “Investigative Correspondent.”

attkisson bio from heritage foundation

The Daily Signal is a wholly-owned subsidiary “news” outlet of
Jim DeMint’s new, aggressive version of The Heritage Foundation

The REASON that the polls aren’t moving  is, quite frankly, the Faux/GOP machine has created a self-referential narrative in which the viewer/reader is constantly enj0ined from reading, viewing or listening TO ANY OTHER POINT OF VIEW OR NEWS OUTLET.

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from CultWatch

This is, of course, the sign of a cult. A political cult, of course, but a cult nonetheless, as is the continual need to engage in personal attacks and destruction of the reputation of all persons with whom the cult of GOPpiness disagrees.

The truth can always stand questioning. The Faux Nooz/GOP approach is that their truth MUST NEVER BE QUESTIONED.

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from CultWatch

To any thinking person, or anyone concerned about the health of the Republic, that ought to be extremely disturbing. And, to any thinking person, or anyone concerned about the health of the Republic, that is old disturbing news.

To paraphrase Joe Biden, the GOPs increasingly form all their sentences with a noun, a verb and “Benghazi.”

ben ghazi

But, having conditioned so many dogs so lovingly for so long, Rupert Pavlov and his minions HAVE to ring that bell.

The bell in this case? “Benghazi!”

Key_Point_8

from CultWatch

The rationality of the charge, even after so many dead Americans in Afghanistan and Iraq and, perhaps, Iraq again, is questionable.

The necessity of creating this smoke screen to mask the utter failure of the GOP in the arena of governance is also clear.

Benghazi - Judicial watch

Judicial Watch, like the Republican Congressional Campaign
MAKES MONEY off the literal corpses of the dead Americans
But THAT’S OK? Right. Some “patriotism.”

But, in the face of a propaganda machine to rival anything Joseph Goebbels ever dreamed of, the fact that the p0lls remain stuck in utter contradiction to Americans’ approval of this, our WORST congress in history, is a damning testimonial to the effectiveness of that propaganda machine.

Benghazi “hearings” start in a couple of daze. [sic]

I’m planning on not watching.

wrestling chair bash

More intellectual and less fake than the House Committee hearings

I’ve already got professional wrestling on my television package, and wrestling, by comparison, is far fairer and much less manipulative, even though, like Benghazi off Broadway, the outcome is also pre-determined.

Courage.

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 Mr. Williams has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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