Fox News Channel commentator Greg Gutfeld claims that real Benghazi cover-up was orchestrated by the mainstream media rather than the Obama administration.
Gutfeld, a former Huffington Post columnist, is now co-host of the FNC’s highly rated The Five broadcast, previewed the Benghazi Congressional hearing in the context of how the media covered or didn’t cover the Benghazi attack and its aftermath.
In a sense, Gutfeld is indirectly alluding to this age-old question — if a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
On September 11, 2012, four Americans were killed at the US embassy compound in Benghazi — Ambassador Christopher Stevens, embassy official Sean Smith, and security officers Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods (both former Navy SEALS) — when the Obama administration allegedly failed to send reinforcements despite pleas for help. According to diplomat Gregory Hicks, who is testifying on Capitol Hill today, a US Special Forces team was ready to deploy to Benghazi on a rescue and backup mission until they were inexplicably told to stand down.
For nearly a year, the administration has been stonewalling congressional investigators trying to find out exactly what happened in the attack. And the news media didn’t seem to care about this lack of transparency.
With regard to getting to the bottom of what happened at Benghazi, Gutfeld put the media’s conduct under his satirical microscope: “As three key witnesses are about to testify regarding the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, one question remains — who the hell cares? I mean really, it happened such a long time ago and what difference does it make? Which leads me to another question, what kind of story merits examination?
Added Gutfeld about the media inherent in the coverage: “The thing is Benghazi isn’t complex; it’s very simple. People needed help on 9/11. They were denied. Four people died. The government falsely blamed a video. You can’t get any easier than that. That’s Scandal 101. Even Howie Kurtz could follow it, and he is an idiot. Especially compared with other massive scandals — Watergate: people lied, no one died, Benghazi: the president shilled after people were killed. Wouldn’t that merit hard hitting reporting on par with Watergate?
Gutfeld noted that the media’s approach to the scandal would be a lot different if, say, Bush was still in the White House: “Maybe if it were a Republican involved, not if it’s Obama. Since the media gatekeepers have so much invested in the president, his incompetence reflects their poor choices. … Maybe the administration will be held accountable. The media — never.”
Do you agree with Greg Gutfeld that the media generally downplayed the Benghazi terrorist attack to protect the Obama administration? Watch Gutfeld’s monologue and decide for yourself: