One of the most telling traits of a sociopath is how they react when caught lying. Most of us, when we’re caught misleading someone, will experience at least some twinge of social discomfort. That little, rattling moment of panic is how you know you’re still socially functional. A psychopath or sociopath, though, often won’t even blink when caught in a blatant lie. As likely as not, they’ll just smile, shrug it off and move right on to the next one. Meet Fox “News.”
It’s no secret that Fox anchors get their daily marching orders from a Morning Memo issued by Roger Ailes — a clinical sociopath if ever there was one. Over the last few years, the head lunatic at Fox Asylum has been ramming the Benghazi conspiracy down America’s throats like bleach milkshake through a firehose. Books, thousands of hours of coverage, Karl Rove and Dick Cheney screaming for impeachment, every Teabilly with a length of rope screaming for a tree; two long years, non-stop.
And the culmination of all of that? About thirty seconds of sideways reporting on a recently released House Intelligence Committee report grudgingly clearing the Obama administration of any wrongdoing.
The Benghazi Witch Hunt Committee was lead by Republicans, including Michelle Bachmann, Peter King and Mike Rogers. So, you’d expect them to have delivered some pretty juicy talking points for Fox News. But alas, the talking points they delivered weren’t exactly the kind of points Roger Ailes was willing to talk about. Mostly because they wound up debunking practically every claimcc made by Fox and Benghazi conspiracy theorists. The investigation found that there was:
- no “intelligence failure”
- no delay in sending a CIA rescue team
- no undue delay or missed opportunity to send military rescue
- no time to plan and execute a military rescue
- no evidence the CIA was sending arms to Syria from Libya
In short: There was no credibility or truth to a single claim made by Fox’s talking heads.
So, how did Fox choose to handle this little two-year snafu of screaming lies and hyperbole? By not mentioning it. Instead, this is the entire report on the House Committee findings, delivered by White House correspondent Ed Henry (sitting in for Bret Baier) on Friday evening:
“The House Intelligence Committee says the initial assessment of the Benghazi terror attacks two years ago, that they were in fact terrorist in nature, was accurate,” Henry reported. “It says CIA and Obama administration officials later supported the incorrect scenario that the attacks were motivated by an internet video and stuck with that for several days.”
But that wasn’t quite it. In a grand stroke of irony, Fox turned to that hated globalist institution, the United Nations. A report issued by the UN says that the attack was carried out by Al Qaeda, which “contradicts strenuous denials by the Obama administration.”
And this is the way Benghazi ends.
Not with a bang, but a whimper.
Then a smile, and a shrug, and then the next lie. The hollow lunatics running Fox Asylum have far more work ahead.