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Trey Gowdy Silences Journalists On Benghazi


1.The Responsibility of the Media
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According to American Overlook, Republican Trey Gowdy has called out the liberal media for failing to uphold their journalistic responsibilities to the public when reporting on the Benghazi terrorist attacks. Gowdy, who has taken over as the head of a special committee investigating the attacks, held a press conference in which he asked the media a series of hard-hitting questions. By the time he was finished, every journalist in attendance was left speechless. They had no answers for his vital inquiries.

The Responsibility of the Media

It is the responsibility of the media to inform and educate the public, and Gowdy believes the liberal media failed to do that when it came to Benghazi.

“You are supposed to provide oversight. That’s why you have special liberties and that’s why you have special protections,” he said during his press conference.

Gowdy isn’t the first Conservative to point out the media’s failures. Jonah Goldberg, columnist for the National Review, noted in his weekly newsletter that on October 28, just shy of two weeks before election day, Fox News was the only Sunday news show to treat the attack as a major news story. David Gregory, host of Meet the Press, dodged guests’ questions about Benghazi, insisting he would cover the subject later. He never did.

The Video Scandal

Most of Gowdy’s line of questioning had to do with the Obama Administration’s refusal to share details of the attack and the implications of their secrecy:

“Do you know the origin of this mythology that it was spawned as a spontaneous reaction to a video? Do you know where that started? Do you know how we got from no evidence of that, to that being the official position of the administration?”

The video in question is, of course, the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims”. Fox News reported that one of the White House’s first responses to the Benghazi attacks was to label it as a protest by individuals who were offended by the video, downplaying the role of terrorism in the attacks.

No Actions Taken

Gowdy went on to question Obama’s failure to follow through with his promises to get to the bottom of the incident. He began the conference by quoting Obama’s spirited vows to bring those responsible for the Benghazi attacks to justice. He then went on to point out that, after two years, nothing has been done. Access to key witnesses continues to be denied, and the media remains complacent to report on the issue as if those points don’t matter, if they report on the issue at all.

“Do you know whether the president called any of our allies and said ‘can you help, we have men under attack’? Can you answer that?” he asked.

Just three minutes after his press conference began, having stunned the media into silence, Gowdy ended his speech by saying he wasn’t surprised by the White House’s reaction to Benghazi and the ensuing scandal. What he was surprised by, however, was the fact that so many people went along with it.

Perhaps the public isn’t entirely at fault here. After all, without being properly informed, how could anyone be expected to form an educated opinion of their own?

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