Desperate to keep the manufactured Benghazi scandal on life support, Fox News has done everything they can to keep that news story firmly in their headlines. Along with the contrived outrage over the IRS giving PACs extra scrutiny for tax-exempt statuses, the Benghazi hysteria has been forefront in their efforts to derail a possible Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.
It was no surprise then that they’d then desperately dredge up a new story to keep the incident in the forefront, this time targeting National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and his whereabouts on the night of the Al-Qaeda backed attack on the consulate in Libya. Brian Kilmeade, who is a co-host of “Fox and Friends,” asked about the whereabouts of Tom Donilon on the evening of September 11th, 2012.
I know Fox News doesn’t fact check their stories, especially when it comes to something they can smear the president with, but they really screwed up this time. You see, when Kilmeade asked this question, it was with a photo from that night on the screen — with Donilon firmly in the picture. This piece from Media Matters shows the embarrassing screenshot from Fox in all of its glory.
To be fair, Fox has been after Mr. Donilon for a while now, as this 2012 article from Atlanticwire.com points out. As the target of a now forgotten scandal involving national security leaks leading up to the 2012 election, he’s been their whipping boy for the past year in the attempt to pin something — anything — on the Obama Administration.
I’m not a fan of Tom Donilon’s past history as a corporate lawyer and lobbyist, but let’s call a spade a spade when we see it. Fox is truly desperate to keep the Benghazi issue alive as long as possible because they and the GOP need it to carry into 2016 against Hillary Clinton. It isn’t about investigating exactly who was responsible for actually killing the 4 Americans in a city that many of their viewers don’t know is in Libya. It isn’t about finding those people and bringing them to justice — it is purely and utterly political.
The sad thing is that some misguided Fox viewers across the country will take this as another piece of confirmation bias and parrot it as fact, like this insane story from Hillbuzz.org which claims President Obama was high on cocaine that evening.
In this case, they failed horrifically. Whether this goes down in history with Geraldo Rivera’s “The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vaults” or other times when Fox ended up with egg on their collective smirking faces, only time will tell. Either way, there’s a big difference between your everyday “news bloopers” and trying to deliberately mislead the public by manufacturing misguided outrage — something we’ve seen far too often in the past 5 years.