Thursday, May 9, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

What's Next On Benghazi? 

Yesterday's Benghazi hearing was extraordinary, but you wouldn't know it if you depended on Big Media. Major networks like CNN and MSNBC did not cover yesterday's whistle-blower testimony on the Benghazi scandal. Instead they chose to follow Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were held captive in an Ohio home for ten years, as they returned to their families. 

In contrast, Fox News covered the vast majority of Benghazi hearing. Also today's Washington Post had a relatively balanced story, noting that the witnesses "provided a riveting, emotional account of last year's fatal attack" and "accused senior government officials of withholding embarrassing facts." 

Are President Obama and Hillary Clinton in real trouble? It's too early to know for sure. The fact that some of the witnesses appeared to contradict Clinton's testimony does not by itself prove that Hillary committed perjury. You have to prove that she intentionally lied using sources other than someone else's statements. 

That said, I continue to believe the Benghazi scandal has legs and that more disclosures are forthcoming. At a press conference today House Speaker John Boehner called on the Obama White House to release more information on Benghazi. Referring specifically to an email to the Libyan ambassador, Boehner said: 

"I hope you all tuned in to yesterday's hearing on the tragedy in Benghazi.  We learned that on September 12 -- the day after the attacks and four days before Susan Rice's TV appearances -- a senior State Department official emailed her superiors to relay that … she had told the Libyan Ambassador that the attack was conducted by Islamic terrorists. 

"The State Department would not allow our committees to keep copies of this email when it was reviewed.  And I would call on the president to order the State Department to release this email so that the American people can see it."

During an interview this morning, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said, "Having sat on the Intelligence Committee and seen the review of emails that went back and forth as they developed the list, there is a glaring problem there that will eventually come out." Stay tuned! 

What's More Important: Dead Babies Or Gay Athletes? 

There is a saying in journalism, "If it bleeds, it leads." In other words, high profile crimes make headlines. Unless, of course, the news threatens left-wing dogma like the "freedom of choice." In that case, Big Media dutifully ignore the story as though it never happened. 

For example, one Washington Post reporter brushed off the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell as a "local crime story" presumably with no public policy implications. Right -- just like the Trayvon Martin shooting or the Newtown shootings were "local crime stories" with no policy implications.

Fortunately for the media, just as the pressure to cover Gosnell was gaining momentum, along came the kind of story the media love: a professional basketball player, Jason Collins, announced that he prefers sleeping with men. 

According to CNSNews, nearly 2,400 news stories were run about Jason Collins in the week following his admission that he is a homosexual, compared to just 115 news stories about Gosnell during the first eight days of his trial -- a difference of 1,970%. 

Clearly, in Big Media's view, it is far more important for you to know that a basketball player sleeps with men, and that the president is proud of him, than it is to know about the babies whose spinal cords were "snipped" in the name of choice. 

The media's bias could not be more obvious. It is a perfect example of how Big Media fully cooperates with the left to push its radical, destructive agenda. And that agenda has tremendous implications for public policy as it seeks to drive men and women of faith out of the public square, forcing them into the proverbial closet.

Read more about this issue in my latest guest editorial in USA Today. 

Senators Duck Gosnell Debate 

Kudos to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). The liberal media may not want to talk about Kermit Gosnell, but Senator Lee is forcing Senate Democrats to confront the reality of their abortion-on-demand agenda. 

Lee introduced a resolution demanding an investigation and legislation to "correct abusive, unsanitary and illegal abortion practices." His resolution now has 21 co-sponsors. 

When he tried to bring up his resolution, liberal senators objected. Lee said, "It is difficult to imagine why anyone would object… The resolution is simply an affirmation that we as a country -- a moral and compassionate society -- have an interest in acting to save the lives of innocent women and children, and to prevent these kinds of heinous acts from happening to anyone again." 

Senator Lee is right. This is a debate the country should have, and I encourage him to bring up his resolution again and again and again, each time exposing the pro-abortion extremism of those who oppose it. 

Misplaced Priorities 

What are the issues Washington has been talking about since the beginning of the new year? Gun control and immigration reform. After having spent the first four months of the year working almost exclusively on gun control and coming up empty handed, Senate liberals turned immediately to immigration reform. 

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on the "Gang of 8" comprehensive immigration reform bill. Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday that the amnesty legislation must pass by the end of the summer. After immigration reform, what's next in the Senate? You guess it -- gun control again. 

But what do the American people want? A Gallup poll released this week asked Americans to identify the issues they wanted Congress and the president to make top priorities. On Gallup's list of 12 issues, where do you think the American people ranked gun control and immigration reform? 

Not surprisingly, job creation and economic growth tied as the most important priorities. Next was making government more efficient, tied with improving education, followed by fixing Social Security and Medicare, reducing the cost of health care and reducing the deficit. 

Gun control and immigration reform were dead last on the list -- 11th and 12th places, respectively. The issues the American people care least about are the very issues that the Obama Administration and its Senate allies are pushing non-stop. 

President Obama, perhaps sensitive to the perception that he is not doing enough on the economy, is heading to Texas today, vowing to refocus on the economy. But we have heard that before. I wonder if he is taking his golf clubs with him?