Anyone who is not aware of Fox News’ obsession with Benghazi must have lived in a cave for the last two years, but a just released study done by Media Matters for America shows just how much the channel has done to keep this non-issue alive and in the minds of the public as we approach the mid-term elections in November.
In the 20 months after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, Fox aired 1,098 segments focused on the attack and the alleged cover-up. In prime time alone, there were of course countless other mentions of it on daytime programming.
Leading the pack was Special Report with Bret Baier, which aired 382 segments between September of 2012 and April 2014, followed by Hannity and On the Record with Greta Van Susteren with 220 and 214 segments.
Not surprisingly, the peak coverage occurred in October of 2012, just before the presidential election, with 174 Benghazi segments airing that month. Then, after a 10 month lull, Fox began to cover Benghazi again ad nauseam in April of 2014 as the mid-term election campaigns began.
Since Susan Rice’s appearance on the Sunday morning talk shows back in 2012, conservatives have pushed the cover-up theory insisting that she and the president had blamed the attack on a YouTube video that was denigrating of Muslims while denying that it was a terrorist attack — because Rice used the word “extremists” and not the word “terrorist.”
Both the president and Rice did refer to it as a terrorist attack almost immediately, and the talking points that Rice worked from in those appearances were prepared by the CIA, which had initially speculated that the attacks were inspired by demonstrations in Egypt which had been a response to the YouTube video. The CIA confirmed that those talking points were based on the best available intelligence when they were prepared. In other words, there was no attempt to mislead and there was no cover-up, just limited intelligence.
There have been multiple investigations, by the State Department’s independent Accountability Review Board and both the Senate and House Intelligence Committees among others, all of which have found that there was no attempt by the White House to cover anything up. Yet Fox continues to bang the drum for an investigation and the heads of all involved, including the president.
h/t: Huffington Post