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Updated on October 29, 2012

They should tame their influence, if they have any.

The Benghazi attack, which one TV channel wants to make it into a scandal to favor Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for the 2012 presidential election, is ridiculous.

When FoxNews TV has "Special Report" host, Bret Baire, featuring the attack as a political issue, with the usual contributors to his program, Charles Krauthammer and Steve Hayes, hammering on the idea that the United States government has failed to give the Benghazi consulate adequate protection, it placed it (issue) into the realm of "trial by TV" that started in Britain by David Frost in the despicable "Savundra" case in the 1960s.

Baire is turning an attack that has four bright Americans losing their lives, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Steven, to become a fodder for politicians, like John McCain and Lindsey Graham, giving them the chance to criticize President Barack Obama for allowing it (attack) to happen.

He (Baire) as a journalist, has thrown objectivity out of the window, by gathering all sorts of information from Jennifer Griffin and other so called correspondents in Benghazi to make a case against the Obama administration.

That the president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been making conflicting statements of how the attack happened; and that they were engaged in some sort of "cover-up" of the true story, and thus misleading the American people.

.... and also blaming Ms. Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, for saying that Islamists extremists took advantage of an anti-Mohammad film or movie, and that has started "spontaneous" demonstrations across the Muslim world, beginning in Cairo, Egypt, and to set the Benghazi mission ablaze and kill the four American diplomats.

When journalists decide to take sides in a situation, as the Benghazi attack, which will have an impact on an election and, perhaps, swing opinion to one side, it gives the profession a bad name; especially, when they use time-lines and emails that are being sent to the U.S. State Department and other federal offices to confuse the issue.

They maintain that Obama has not labeled the attack as an act of terrorism, which has been defused later on that he has done so within 24 hours of the attack at the White House.

He Obama has vowed to get to the bottom of what took place in Benghazi, and that subsequent investigations were underway to find the perpetrators and punish them.

However, Republican leaders, aided by people like Baier, were doing all they could to use it (attack) against the president, who was seeking a second term in a very tight battle with Mitt Romney, their party's candidate.

They (Republicans) were claiming that the film or movie did not have anything to do with the assault on the Benghazi consulate, and that it was a planned terrorist attack.

Well, everybody knew that there has been an attack, and that the ambassador and three other people have been killed; however, there must be a motive for that to happen. They (Republicans) could not provide one; but they would just rail against the assumption that the movie played a part in the Benghazi attack.

There is "cause and effect"; and they (Republicans) have provided the "effect" only, thinking that the American people will be persuaded by their argument that there is no "cause" to the Benghazi attack. That is being done to purposefully politicize the issue, and nothing else.

Yet, on the other hand, Obama wants to know the root cause of the Benghazi attack and uproot it; hence, the reason for initiating the many probes, and they are all still in progress.

The families of those brave men, who perished in such an atrocious incident, should wait for the several investigations being initiated, as said, by the U.S. government and the Intelligence community into the matter, to finish, and to have all the facts about how their relatives died, before they should jump to any kind of conclusion.

The American people would also have the patience to wait for the outcome of those investigations, and then the "... chips will fall where they may".

They know that a TV station or channel has the responsibility to report the news fairly and accurately, and that its correspondents and anchor persons would be objective in those news reports, and not attempt to sensationalize them for popular recognition for themselves, high ratings for their channel, and essentially financial profit for their editorial boardroom masters.

Baier and his friends at are not supposed to influence opinion or voters; their job is to inform the people at large, without any bias.


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    • profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi readytoescape,

      I really do not know why you are lying through your hat, that there happens to be no demonstration of an anti-Mohammad film or movie, and that is a cover up story by the United States government.

      The Muslim world was angry about that movie denigrating the leader and prophet of their faith and was awash with demonstrations; and should you say that must be ignored or downplayed by the U.S. government?

      How ignorant can you be; and people like you have their heads in the clouds, they do not perceive anything in a realistic way.

      Now, if the demonstrations around the world are happening at the same time as the Benghazi attack, how can you or anyone separate the two incidents?

      If there was a dog fight in your backyard, and two people were also arguing at the same time, how could you tell as to what was going on?

      Your first insight would be that the two persons were the dog owners, until you were told that one has got nothing to do with the other.

      In other words, the dog fight was different from the two people arguing, and that you jumped to the wrong conclusion on your own stupid assumption.

      Whether there was any call or "Stand Down" order or not, the only way to prove that would come after the investigations.

      Just as you made a negative assessment of the dog fight, you have also made a fool of yourself in misjudging President Obama and Secretary Clinton.

      They would not assume anything, but only base their observations on the facts of what was happening in Benghazi and around the world at the time.

      You are the one, who is obfuscating the issue by your comments above.

      Besides, "... the President's dereliction of duty will derail his re-election bid," is a figment of your own imagination.

    • profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi American View,

      Your's is an inbred kind of hatred; and you don't realize it, until a friend or a relative tells you.

      Well, you don't have a family or friends; or are they the same as you?

      Then, there is no way I can help you; for to me, you have a problem, and you have to check that with your doctor.

      You cannot find fault with someone, 24/7, and say that you don't have animosity toward that person. Are you kidding? Are you made of wood?

      We are talking about feelings here; and are you saying that you don't have any?

      I am sorry, but if I am giving you the impression that you are callous, then don't blame me; because you are.

      Deal with it in a practical way. Have your doctor examine you, pronto.

      I am sure, he or she (the doctor) will let you know the reason why you are blind to your own sentiments.

      The "facts and backup data" you are referring to are driven by those sentiments.

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      American View 

      6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Thank You Don.


      I do not lie about this President, I speak the facts and have the data to back it up, not blogger opinions, but government reports and the like. Sorry you do not agree with those facts but you no matter how much you whine and say we are against the President, can change those facts.

      By the way, when did I ever say I hated this President. If you knew me better you would no that is not possible. Not liking his failing policies have nothing to do with hating someone.

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      Don Fairchild 

      6 years ago from Belgrade, ME

      A huge tip of the hat to "readytoescape", "americanview", "my girl sara" for contributing sane arguments in this world filled with false facts and personal attacks by weak minded individuals. Thanks to the generational silent majority that is silent no more.

    • profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi my...girl...sara,

      Sure, you are right, that they are all biased, one way or another, but when there is one channel that is overdoing it, it makes you want to puke in the studio on the desk the host or anchor is sitting at.

      This incident in Benghazi, Libya, is tragic, but it has been overblown by some, with interest only at boosting their TV ratings.

      Also, the endorsement of candidates must be allowed, but just being gluttonous by fanning the flames of one candidate to the detriment of the general public, such as saying that one candidate will allow his or her fellow Americans to die needlessly, while he or she just looks on, is unconscionable on the part of the person or persons guilty of doing so. However, that is what is going on on TV-land.

      It is unforgiven.

      One cannot see the fire burnings and assault weapons being used in newspapers or in radio newscast, as vividly as on TV, and so, if they (newspapers and radio stations) endorse one candidate over another, they are not rubbing it in as in a TV news program. It makes you wonder, why they will stream an issue or story on the screen over and over again, just to malign somebody.

      For me, that drives me up the wall.

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      Cynthia Lyerly 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Sure glad the other networks never show their bias...NOT! The way I look at it, I want to know the leaning and take it with a grain of salt. I like to channel flip in the morning and compare the networks' top stories.

    • profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Hi American View,

      Whatever is hidden will be revealed. That is what all the different investigations by the U.S. Government and the Intelligence community will accomplish.

      Lying on President Barack Obama will also be under scrutiny to expose people like you. You have shown nothing except hatred toward him, since his inauguration. We will see, if you and your friends are really true American patriots.

      Castigating a democratic elected U.S. president, no matter who that person may be, is unpatriotic.

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      American View 

      6 years ago from Plano, Texas

      I wonder what your spin will be when you realize Obama was in the Situation Room and saw the event in lie time as well.

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      6 years ago from Florida

      Fox news watchers are the most misinformed people I know. It is a shame that people vote based on what they see on Fox. Remember they liked Bush!!!

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      “There are none so blind as those that refuse to see.”

      If you would like to address bias perhaps your comments should be directed towards those “news” organizations that have been obfuscating for the Obama administration and its continual Campaign for the past 6 years.

      The simple facts, now proven, by Fox and are being reported by others like ABC and CBS news are the administration falsified the entire event. Fabricating, then, perpetuating a cover story about the internet video and the spontaneous reaction of a non-existent crowd. A lie told at every level of the administration including the Ambassador to the UN on the Sunday talk shows as well as the President and Secretary of State standing in front of the coffins of those they deserted.

      It now appears this fiction was created purely for political expedience to conceal the “Stand Down” order that abandoned Americans pleading for assistance in the middle of a 6 to 8 hour fire fight to repel a terrorist attack and rescue our Ambassador.

      Of course Obama and his supporters want to wait for an investigation, they know they have to delay this until after the election. Otherwise the truth of the President’s dereliction of duty will derail his re-election bid.


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