Is it a scandal yet?
We all know that before the 2012 election, the mainstream media couldn’t be bothered with anything as trivial as the Benghazi attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
It was just desperate Republicans trying to distract attention from the fact that Sen. Harry Reid knew — because he’d been told — that the GOP candidate Mitt Romney must be hiding something because he hadn’t released all his tax returns going back to his first job.
So the media dutifully ignored Benghazi, secure in the knowledge that it was a closed issue because the villain — some old guy who made a really lousy YouTube video — was in jail.
After the election, Benghazi became just one of a dozen “phony” scandals, as the White House said.
“What difference does it make?” Clinton challenged a congressional hearing. And she got away with it because, except for one or two reporters nationally, the entire American mainstream news media complex chose to side with the Obama Administration against those “evil” conservatives.
That may change, though, now that “60 Minutes,” the venerable weekend news program, has finally delved into the goings-on in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, and found that, as most of us knew, the Obama Administration has a whole lot to answer for.
“Contrary to early WH statements, Benghazi was a planned, sophisticated attack by Al Qaeda against the barely protected American compound,” the “60 Minutes” team tweeted in comments regarding its story.
“A security official says the attack in #Benghazi was no surprise b/c al Qaeda had posted their plots against U.K. and U.S. online,” read another Tweet.
The entire segment by Lara Logan can be seen here on YouTube.
The importance of the “60 Minutes” report isn’t what they found, which is mostly what was already known by anyone who cared to pay attention and do their own investigating.
But “60 Minutes” is one of those news outfits that other journalists listen to. Their stories are the sort of thing reporters talk about around the water cooler, and journalism students discuss in upper-division seminars.
If “60 Minutes” has now given tacit approval to criticism of the Obama Administration, the chances are good that other journalists will snap themselves out of their six-year coma and finally start demanding answers to questions that Obama and the rest of his power-mad crew would rather avoid.