In the aftermath of the Manchin-Toomey vote and the Boston Marathon bombings, conservative voices in the media have lost their luster. As a response, they seem to have focused a disproportionate amount of attention on the eight-month-old Benghazi incident.
First, when the Manchin-Toomey vote failed, despite a majority of public support for increased background checks, conservative voices and congress members were publicly criticized by their constituents. Many representatives even saw their popularity ratings plummet, such as Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) who saw her ratings drop 15 points.
Second, Fox News’ frequent contributor Ann Coulter faced quite a bit of backlash after suggesting on national television that Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife should be put in jail just for wearing a hijab.
Now, perhaps to save face, conservative media is attempting to scandalize the Benghazi attacks to the extreme.
For instance, Fox News interviewed on Sunday a few Democratic House representatives about the ongoing Benghazi investigations that, in essence, revealed absolutely no new information. Fox News, however, insisted that they are “distancing” themselves from the administration amid “damaging” new evidence.
The “new” evidence, according to Fox, is that the administration’s talking points do not include any references to the anti-Islamic video that U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice initially cited as the spark of the attacks.
On the show, the representatives simply admitted that Rice was wrong about the video, and so Congress is investigating why she labeled it a spontaneous protest despite indications that it was in fact an intentional attack. This “new” evidence, however, isn’t new at all — in fact, the public’s known about this oversight since the attacks eight months ago — but rather a repackaged William Randolph Hearst-esque attempt to take the focus off of their own journalistic shortcomings.