Roger Ailes may be starting to rethink his motives in hiring Juan Williams as his “token” liberal on Faux News. He did not back down like he was supposed to today when confronting Karl Rove and Brit Hume on the non-existent Benghazi scandal, instead he reared up on his hind legs and put them in their place telling them the truth, that this scandal exists, as he put it to Hume:
It’s in your head. That’s about the only place.
The conversation began with Chris Wallace asking Williams if he agreed that the Benghazi brouhaha was just a phony scandal, to which he of course replied that yes, it was. He pointed out that the Accountability Review Board had made 29 recommendations and that nearly all have already been implemented and that there is no indication of any wrong doing, yet the TEApublicans will not let it go.
He goes on to comment on the continued assertion that a stand down order was given and cites Lt. Col. Gibson, who testified that there never was an order to stand down at which point he is interrupted by Brit Hume who says:
They just told them not to go, they didn’t call it a stand down order.
Williams tells him that yes, they did tell them not to go in after the fact when they did not know what they may be getting into. That was just good strategy, there is no point in risking more lives after you have already lost three.
When he tells Rove that the issue has already gone away, Rove tells him that what is important is that:
The American people were lied to.
He is, of course, alluding to the untrue claim that the President and others in the administration continued to deny that this was a terrorist attack for days when they, in fact knew that it was. The President referred to terrorism in his very first remarks following the attack. He did say that there was intelligence indicating that it was a spontaneous demonstration that got out of hand and that the demonstration was related to an offensive video that had been posted on Youtube. At the time it was the best information he had to go on and as more information became available he shared it with the public.
Rove continues by asking;
Why were efforts not undertaken to save our people?
Even after Williams points out to him that they were told not to go in after the fact and put more American lives in danger Rove continues to rage on about no one making the effort to save those people (who, by the way, were already dead).
As the battle raged on, Williams remained calm and collected while Rove grew increasingly red in the face and more shrill of voice. Most people know that the person who feels the need to scream the loudest and talk over his opponent is the person who knows, in his heart, that he is losing the argument and who really doesn’t have a fact based and valid argument. Score this one for Juan Williams.
Watch the action here: