If you’ve been reading Kevin Drum at Mother Jones, you know that he has a knack for cutting through the bullshit. His article on the bruised egos in the press corps that continue to drive the “Benghazi scandal”, still dissecting statements a full eight months after the incident and praying there is a scrap of meat on that dead horse’s bones, is a prime example (with my emphasis):
If Benghazi continues to have legs, it won’t be because Fox is hyping it. They’ve been hyping it for eight months now. It won’t be because the initial talking points were wrong. We’ve known that since the end of last September. It won’t be because there were military assets on the night of the attacks that could have been used but weren’t. This is the “stand down” conspiracy theory, which keeps morphing into something new whenever the old version is debunked, and it’s long since been thoroughly hashed out. It won’t be because references to al-Qaeda were removed from the final draft of the talking points. David Petraeus explained that last November. And it won’t be because we learned that the editing of the talking points involved some squabbling between State and CIA. Nobody over the age of five is surprised or scandalized by that.
No, it will be because the small group of reporters who are credentialed to the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room feels aggrieved that the press secretary told them something to their faces that concealed a bit of unseemly bureaucratic squabbling. It doesn’t matter if the subject matter itself was important. In this case, it wasn’t: the nickel version is that the State Department objected to the CIA adding a sentence making sure everyone knew they had warned about possible attacks beforehand, a statement that was both gratuitous and off subject. But trivial or not, Carney misled the reporters in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room about this, and that makes it personal.
Never underestimate the power of a press corps that suddenly decides the story is personal. It may be a while before they let go of this.
I have a news flash for these reporters in the press corps; you’re pathetic, self-absorbed, wannabes in a dying industry. You, and your equals at Fox News (don’t pretend you’re any different), actually believe that spending time reporting on politics makes you a “political expert”. Many of you so-called “experts” receive continuous, on-air praise from your younger colleagues for no other reason than you simply became old on-the-job. That makes you someone with years of experience reporting on the experts; nothing more. Would years of reporting on medicine make you a doctor?
You “White House correspondents” spend the better part of your day examining every word, every sigh, every facial expression of the President and his staff, hoping that today will be the day that you’re not scooped on breaking news by the low-budget bloggers driving your old-world, brick-n-motar news outlets out of business. Most of the time you make shit up, like “Democrats are scared to death of this candidate running …”. Really? Name them. Talk about lying. That’s the real scandal – a press corps so lazy that they make it up as they go.
And the level of their arrogance is astounding. One wrong word from the President and stock markets collapse, consumer confidence falls, an international incident begins, but you are shocked when someone in a leadership position doesn’t give you the exact, rough draft version of events, and you want it NOW! On top of that, the President has to worry about the lunatic fringe, so-called patriots (actually, the Constitution says they are traitors) who are continuously threatening an armed revolution of the U.S. and hoping there’s someone crazy enough to fire the first shot so they can join the glorious battle and “take back” their country from the secret Muslim, socialist dictator. This President has been fighting fires and dodging bullets from day one, successfully repairing the damage done to this country and to the world by the previous administration, the banks and Wall Street despite planned (on day 1) and executed obstructionism by Republicans. But nooooooooooo … the Administration massaged the statements so the CIA and the State Department didn’t look like a bunch of frickin’ high schoolers in a childish spat, so now your feelings are hurt and you’re going to punish them by helping the lunatic fringe drag-out this non-scandal. Face it, you’re no longer journalists, you’re frickin’ tabloid reporters.