The story of the week should have been the testimony on The Hill from diplomats involved in the 9/11 terrorist attack on our embassy in Benghazi. The story of the week should have included how the White House altered talking points to hide what they knew. The story of the week should have mentioned that the White House lied because they were too busy campaigning for re-election to bother with their job of protecting our diplomats abroad. The story of the week needed to point out that the White House chose to lie because this terrorist attack was inconsistent with the narrative the White House was using about how President Obama has crushed Al-Qaida and their allies.
Too bad the story of the week was not about Benghazi.
Instead, all of the news outlets focused their attention on the guilty verdict in a murder trial out in Arizona. It was like a live episode of Law & Order. The verdict came down on Wednesday afternoon while we should have been paying attention to the hearings on Capitol Hill. Sharing the news is something politicians either hate or pray for. When you have an embarrassing negative story to deal with sometimes the only thing a politician can do is let the non-stop news cycle find something else to grab us. So starting at 4pm on Wednesday all the news programs began with a story about the murder trial verdict. Fox News, CNN and News Channel 8 were the ones I checked out. Later that night when I was in the car the PBS News Hour began with a story on the murder verdict. The White House had to share the news that day with a story that dominated. President Obama and his friends may get away with one of the most awful and selfish cover-ups, where is the outrage?
Hillary Clinton recently asked/yelled, “What difference does it make?” Well, it’s a big deal. The White House dishonored the lives of the four Americans we lost by lying about what had happened and the White House tarnished our democratic process by thinking about the campaign first and their jobs second. The White House continues to skate around responsibility for their actions here. Altering talking points to protect the president’s re-election campaign is typical of shady administrations, but this time four Americans died and we have chosen to, first argue about language (Rose Garden speech), and then we decided to see what else was on. We should be outraged over what happened in Benghazi and we should be further outraged with how Obama’s White House has handled this. For now, I am focusing my attention on what should have been the story of the week and I’ll catch Law & Order another time during one of the billion times it airs.