October 31, 2012

“Gingrich: Senator told me networks may have White House emails commanding counterterrorism group to stand down on Benghazi rescue”

Leave aside whether or not it’s true. The question is, would it at all surprise you at this point? And what does that say about what our mainstream press has become?

Those are rhetorical questions, naturally.

(h/t sdferr)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:25am

Comments (6)

  1. Whether or not those are rhetorical questions, I can’t see the emails making it to network news, no matter who releases them. We know what our mainstream press has become. We’re just quibbling about the price.

  2. You give them too much credit, SW. They not whores; they’re enemy agents. Leftist operatives with bylines and unearned credibility. Whores I can take or leave as I please. With enemy agents, I don’t have such luxuries.

  3. The Hill (dutifully shilling for its patrons): White House shoots down rumors it nixed Benghazi intervention

    Gingrich’s unsubstantiated statement comes as Republican lawmakers on Wednesday rekindled criticism that the administration has not been forthcoming about what exactly happened when the U.S. consulate in Benghazi came under attack on Sept. 11, killing U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The attacks have played a role in the presidential election, with Romney saying they’re proof that Obama’s Middle East policy is “unraveling.”

    Using a couple of those spare MANPADS, no doubt.

  4. It’s a two fold gambit. One, if he has nothing, he is daring the media to publicly call him on it. Or two, he knows something is out there and he’s hoping to shake it loose by scaring the possessor into thinking it has a sell-by date.

    That the press is not attempting to point and laugh at him speaks volumes about their position, and priorities.

    In order to take this to the next level we really need to stop speaking of a faceless monolithic MSM, but instead start ascribing it as many actual names as possible and create an indelible record.

    Gingrich, or anyone else in a similar position, can help get the ball rolling by pressing every newsperson with whom they speak on the Benghazi issue, then naming them publicly if they try to avoid it. If those people want to start declaring what they do and do not cover, so be it. Then we can start asking who decides their assignments, and address the issue further up the chain of authority.

    The mainstream republican approach to the media reminds me of the NRA’s approach to gun rights pre-Heller. They lived in mortal fear of pressing the issue all the way to the courts. Everyone wants to fight at the time and place of their choosing, but sometimes you simply must fight where you stand, if only to define the terrain itself.

    Win or lose next week the fighting has only begun.