May 22, 2014

Phony Republican Benghazi hearings not for CNN unless it becomes news.

CNN boss Jeff Zucker has let it be known that his network won’t be bullied by Fox News into covering Benghazi and that CNN won’t be covering Benghazi unless it becomes legitimate news.

During a recent interview, CNN boss Jeff Zucker said, “We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” he said. “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”

This came from the man who runs a network that spend weeks obsessing over a missing airplane. Republicans desperately need CNN and MSNBC to treat their Benghazi special committee circus as legitimate news. If CNN won’t go gavel to gavel with their coverage, it is going to be impossible for Republicans to convince the American people that their conspiracy theory is a legitimate news story.

It’s not a coincidence that other networks are backing away from the story after seeing the drop in Fox News’ ratings after they went all in on Benghazi coverage. What Zucker was saying is that if Benghazi were to become a legitimate news story, CNN would cover it, but right now, Benghazi isn’t newsworthy, so no matter how much Fox News screams at the top of their lungs, CNN won’t be covering the story.

Most of the media isn’t playing along with the Republican attempts to manipulate them into covering Benghazi. Through seven previous investigations, Republicans have found no evidence of wrongdoing by the White House. Benghazi is the ultimate non-story. Viewers outside of hard core Republicans aren’t interested.

House Republicans can’t even explain what the “crime” is. For the first time in years, the mainstream media is telling Republicans no. The mainstream media has been enabling Republican insanity for years, by treating their conspiracies and crackpot theories as if they are legitimate news. The media isn’t playing along anymore.

This means that Fox News is standing by themselves, and hemorrhaging viewers, by trying to do the Republican Party’s dirty work on Benghazi. CNN is letting Republicans know that they aren’t going to be a pawn in the Republican plan to use Benghazi to bring down Obama.


Hat tip Roger Lake

DEMS to WatchDog the Republican's witch hunt.

Democrats debated whether to even participate in what they call a political witch hunt...but have decided to participate to keep the Republicans honest.    And who will spearhead the Democrats watchdog team?  Veteran Elijah Cummings.   He plans to truthwatch Republicans more likely to give speeches than come up with new facts. 

Exerpt below,  from Huffington Post...

In the end, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) decided that fuller engagement was best. She and numerous aides said it wasn't an easy call. The perils of legitimizing the investigation were clear. But one factor convinced them it was worth the risk: Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

Cummings, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, has spent the past few years engaged in direct, often acrimonious combat with Republicans investigating a host of Obama administration controversies, including Benghazi. He has been, from the GOP's vantage point, a partisan antagonist, questioning the conduct of the committee's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and willing to dispense with decorum. Cummings' storied clashes with Issa culminated when Issa cut off Cummings' microphone during a hearing on the IRS screening of conservative groups.

From the perspective of Democrats (the White House included), however, it has been Cummings' combination of unrelenting scrappiness and lawyerly cross-examinations that has made him indispensable. As conversations over what to do about the Benghazi select committee progressed, Cummings' name kept being mentioned as a necessary ingredient.

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