Remember the aluminum tubes, vials of fake Anthrax, and persistent 9/11 conspiracy theories that sold the Iraq War to the American public? Benghazi — the fake scandal that consumed all the oxygen in Washington in 2013 — is not any better than that.
‘Benghazi’ was contrived by a right wing neoconservative echo chamber for the sole purpose of taking power. That purpose is evident in the timing of the post-election Friday night news dump of the House Intelligence Committee’s final report debunking all the things your obsessive Fox News viewer “knows” about the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
The final report, from Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, and ranking member Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Maryland, concludes there was no intelligence failure prior to the attack, no stand-down order to CIA operatives trying to go assist at the besieged consular building and found conflicting intelligence in the wake of the attack about the motive and cause, which were reflected in early public comments by the administration.
[…] The declassified version of the report attempts to knock down other accusations about the Benghazi incident and aftermath, finding no evidence of CIA employees being intimidated from testifying and also no indication the CIA presence in Benghazi was partially to secretly ship arms from Libya to Syria.
The entire Benghazi ‘controversy’ has been a fake. A fraud. A fugazi. Like the Nigerian yellow cake uranium that helped sell the Iraq War, the headlines and discussion on what is supposed to be mainstream, legitimate, ‘liberal’ media have been no help at all for most people to understand the facts of the attack on the Benghazi consulate.
This was not the first, or the second, but the sixth Congressional committee to determine that none of the right wing fantasies about the Benghazi attack are remotely true. Yet they remain ‘true’ in the minds of people who made up their minds a long time ago that President Obama is the secret Manchurian-candidate antagonist in a really terrible paperback novel.
Meanwhile, the ‘courageous’ reporters of conservative media have never stopped framing rumors and innuendo to maximum effect, and they are not about to do so now. Instead of retracting any part of their past hysterics, Fox News is still acting as though they have been vindicated.
To read the Fox story, the House Intelligence Committee confirmed rather than refuted the over-the-top allegations that Fox has been peddling for so long. Someone reading that Fox story and only that Fox story would not have the slightest idea that in fact the House intelligence panel had thoroughly rejected almost every aspect of the Fox version of Benghazi.
[…] It’s one of the more awesome examples of diversion and denial that I have ever seen. The Fox philosophy seems to be that they have lied so often to their viewers on this story that hey, what’s one more, right? The alternate universe must not be compromised by reality no matter what.
Indeed, that alternate universe smashed through a cognitive barrier and took over the ‘liberal’ media universe like an episode of Fringe. Who can forget Lara Logan interviewing a charlatan for 60 Minutes? Who can forget Sheryl Attkisson, whose anti-vax propaganda has undoubtedly killed more Americans than the Benghazi attackers, waving her Benghazi fantasies around as journalistic credentials while she dished on ‘”liberal bias” at CBS?
The answer is that none of it is precisely forgotten in the right wing universe, it is merely remembered differently. This, too, will be remembered differently. Contrary to what some people suggested immediately after the report from Associated Press, this fraudulent controversy will never, ever die out on its own.
In the fullness of the weekend, network Sunday shows did not correct the record on Benghazi, Sen. Lindsey Graham got angry and incoherent on CNN, and Fox News bobbleheads still broadcast the same discredited talking points.
When you meet your right wing relatives over Thanksgiving turkey, they will not know that the Benghazi hoax has been exposed as a fraud. Worse, further information about the Benghazi hoax will not convince them that it is, in fact, a fraud.
The only thing that will burst their bubble is pure, sharp, pointed ridicule: no, there was no stand-down order. No, there was no conspiracy in Susan Rice’s talking points. You sound like a raving street lunatic when you say that these false things are true. Stop muttering about Hillary and Huma Abedin or I will drop a quarter in your cup and walk away.
If you’re thinking, “that sounds like a terrific way to ruin Thanksgiving,” you’re right. There is unfortunately no polite way to eradicate the Benghazi hoax from the American consciousness.
The ‘liberal’ media organizations have failed us as completely this time as they did a dozen years ago, and they are still not set up to educate us on what is actually true. Sunday shows are not about to start telling Republicans they’re wrong on climate change, for instance, so why would ‘the facts’ about Benghazi matter to them?