And while we do see the story breaking through into the mainstream media, they still seem more fascinated with human interest stories than Democratic scandals. Last evening at the gym, I caught ABC’s “World News with David Muir” to see the eponymous anchor lead off with a story about the brothers of the creepy Cleveland kidnapper/rapist.
“What did they know?” I read on the closed captioning.
Shouldn’t journalists be asking that question not about two men (apparently) wrongly incarcerated for a crime their brother committed, but about the immediate past Secretary of State and the incumbent President of the United States? Did Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama knew the the Benghazi talking points had undergone “12 revisions” and were “scrubbed of terror reference”? If they didn’t know (and there is so far no evidence that they did) which White House and State Department officials did? And why did they do the revising and the scrubbing?
Was there any coordination between the scrubbers and the Obama campaign? Or the Democratic National Committee?
And then we come to the questions about the other administration scandal brewing, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups. Even the most liberal Republican Senator is outraged. Susan Collins finds it “absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review” and thinks “it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out.”
The gentlelady from Maine just doesn’t “buy that this was a couple of rogue IRS employees:
After all, groups with ‘progressive’ in their names were not targeted similarly. There is the evidence that higher level supervisors were aware of this. And the IRS was not forthcoming in telling Congress about the problem.
Once again, we have a similar set of questions. Who authorized this “targeting”? Who crafted the list of crazy things the IRS asked of the Tea Party groups? Had there been any input from the White House? From the Democratic National Committee?
Perhaps, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton were not involved in the revising (in the case of Benghazi) and the targeting (in the case of the IRS). And like I said earlier, there is no evidence that either was. But, Mr. Obama sure should be interested in finding out who is — and making sure they lose their government jobs.
UPDATE: Over at Commentary, Jonathan S. Tobin offers three broad questions about Benghazi:
How is it that decision makers failed to understand the danger?
How is it that forces were not made available to save four Americans when they were placed in peril?
Why did the administration fail to tell the truth about all of this?
Read the whole thing.