Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Move Along. No Story Here.
The hypocrisy of journalists, commentators, lawmakers and even my friends is more than I can bear at times.
Imagine George Bush seduced his barely legal intern and there's a red dress and the Right collectively insists it's not a story. That it's not our business. That we don't care. Imagine Ken Starr leads the denials and dismissals. Would their heads explode right off their bodies? Well, that's how I have felt for the past six years. And yes, I feel it's been that blatant at times.
One of those times. Benghazi.
This article was one of those head exploding moments for me: Worldview: Benghazi committee a waste of time, but lucrative for GOP
by Trudy Rubin
Then, if the penned version wasn't maddening enough, I made the mistake of listening to her on Dick Morris' show yesterday.
Here's the crux of her argument (and I quote): "Did the administration deliberately do something to cause the deaths?" (emphasis hers) And if they didn't, "there is no story."
So, sorry, but I have to go there. Did Bush deliberately do anything to cause deaths during Katrina? If I recall, that was a pretty big story with lots of blame. And he didn't have Condoleeza Rice go out and blame the storm on the Nation of Islam's hoovering Mother Ship for two weeks.
In fact, I decided to look up what Ms. Rubin had to say about Katrina and the non-deliberate deaths and was expecting to find nothing, right? No story there, right? Wrong. She actually wrote a huge Blame Bush OpEd entitled Katrina debacle flattens America's image abroad
Ms. Rubin wrapped up her maddening interview (she was right to go into journalism, as her voice was reminiscent of SNL's Coffee Talk with Linda Richman) by saying that the Administration story that Benghazi was caused by a demonstration that started over a movie "was not a lie, but spin." And that "the American people don't care about any of this."
Dear Trudy, Please don't ever presume to speak for me again. I am the "American people" and I DO care about this. If you think a "slow response" to a natural disaster "flattened America's image," what do you think no response to deliberate deaths by an impotent President did to America's image?