Fox News: “In an exclusive interview with “Special Report with Bret Baier” retired Air Force Maj. Eric Stahl, who served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks… said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were ‘confused’ by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” Stahl told Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers' higher ups.’” -Fox News
AP: “Insurers want to change President Barack nObama’s health care law to provide financial assistance for people buying bare-bones coverage. That would entice the healthy and the young, the industry says, holding down premiums. So-called catastrophic plans are currently not eligible for the law’s subsidies, and only 2 percent of the 8 million consumers who signed up this year picked one. Subsidies bring down the cost of monthly premiums. The proposed change is part of a package of recommendations that America’s Health Insurance Plans, the main industry trade group released Wednesday. Others address how to smooth transitions for consumers who switch insurance companies, as well as making it easier for patients to find out which hospitals and doctors are in particular plans and whether their medications are covered” -Fox News
The Hill: “Consumers who bought health insurance through Cover Oregon could see their premiums rise by as much as 16 percent or fall by as much as 21 percent next year. The numbers, revealed this week by state officials, represent the most dramatic price changes proposed by insurers for 2015.” -Fox News
You’re on your way home from work and you see red taillights and the detour sign. What’s the deal? An accident? Construction? Nope. It’s toadlets. The AP shares the story of the suburban Philadelphia Toad Detour: “The cycle starts in early spring when adult toads, which can fit in the palm of your hand, emerge from the woods to breed. They cross Port Royal Avenue, scale a 10-foot-high embankment and then travel down a densely vegetated hill to mate in the abandoned Upper Roxborough Reservoir. Their offspring — each about the size of a raisin — make the journey in reverse about six weeks later. So many baby toads were on the move Monday evening it looked like the road’s muddy shoulder was alive. Volunteers scooped them up in plastic cups and deposited them on the habitat side of the street.” -Fox News
The liberal media consistently dismiss or condemn hearings into nObama scandals as unnecessary and rabidly partisan, and reach those conclusions before said hearings even begin. That might explain why the public doesn't always line up with that opinion.
A new ABC-Washington Post poll shows 51 percent of those polled support the new House investigation into the scandalous lack of security for our personnel at the Benghazi, Libya, consulate. ABC and the Post found 58 percent think Team nObama engaged in a cover-up, and only 32 percent denied reality and claimed they "honestly disclosed" what they knew.
Perhaps it is because we are approaching the second anniversary of that attack, and this administration simply refuses to account for its actions that night.
Worse yet for the liberals, 50 percent of Americans surveyed disapproved of dHillarious Clinton's handling of Benghazi, and only 37 percent approved.
This is a serious contrast to the media, which approve of everything Clinton does, says and thinks. It's been proven all over again with the obsequious previews of the new "Hard Choices" memoir on her State Department years. It is classic, calculating and Clintonian: She released excerpts from the chapter dealing with the Benghazi fiasco, knowing it would generate media support for her actions. It worked.
On May 30, ABC evening substitute anchor David Muir boasted dHillarious "is ready to fight back on Benghazi." Reporter Martha Raddatz touted: "she comes out swinging, her anger aimed at congressional Republicans who she accuses of politicizing the tragedy. 'I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans,' writes Clinton." CBS and NBC also channeled the "defiant, not defensive" spin, a stale rerun of "What difference does it make?"
This is exactly the same pose Clinton struck in every other scandal in which she's been neck-deep, including her dishonest "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" interview with Matt Lauer in 1998. She never defends; she only attacks. And the media swallow it whole. She could deny, distract or lie her face off about her husband's sexual dalliance with an intern for months, and when all the lying about his affair was undeniable, Dan Rather nominated her for Person of the Year.
It won't be any different when she does the interview rounds for the new memoir. Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple channeled the conventional wisdom that this is "bound to be a parade of Clinton-favorable coverage." It will fall to Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren at Fox News to push beyond the brick wall of her "defiance."
But Van Susteren didn't push harder on Clinton than the other networks when she was granted an interview on Jan. 29, only asking two brief Benghazi questions (packaged together): Are our embassies safer in 2014, and should we re-establish a consulate in Benghazi? Van Susteren let Clinton ramble for a minute and offered no response when she placed the blame on Congress for inadequate funding.
In her book excerpt, Clinton tries to shred the question of her Sunday-show skipping after the attacks and slams people who "fixate on the question of why I didn't go on TV that morning, as if appearing on a talk show is the equivalent of jury duty, where one has to have a compelling reason to get out of it."
It is not an obsession. It is a serious question deserving an answer, and the press should not let up. Van Susteren should have asked.
This woman wants to be president. But she doesn't want the "jury duty" of submitting to media scrutiny. All the years of network puffery have made Clinton sound like a spoiled child who refuses to admit any error for anything. All this contempt for the public's demands for answers should make journalists understand someday that all along it was contempt she had for them.