Giving Obama a pass on Libya
1. The attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was the first successful terror action directly against United States’ interests since 9/11. The media hardly noticed that the president had been skipping national security briefings before the attack, or that he flew off the next day for a Las Vegas fundraiser. By the time U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s laughable assertion that the attack was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim film was discredited, and reports surfaced of previous security issues at the consulate, including ignored warnings, the media had moved on to more important things.
2. Economic unreality
Suddenly, the mainstream media are reporting that the country is becoming more optimistic as the economy gains strength. The problem with that meme is that it is based on a falsehood. The reality remains dire as a record number of Americans are not participating in the labor force, income levels have dropped, gas prices are up sharply, and economic growth is anemic and further weakening. With the same data under a Republican administration, the media would doing stories on the homeless crisis and impoverished children.
3. Fixation on Romney’s embassy statement
The media went apoplectic when the Romney campaign criticized a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo after a mob breached its security. The statement, deploring insults against Islam, was later rejected by the White House but the storyline was set in stone—Romney gaffed. The big three TV networks spent 20 times the amount of air-time that day on Romney’s statement than the combined coverage of Obama’s Mideast policy, the death of a U.S. ambassador, security in Benghazi, and mobs protesting America around the world.
4. Creating racism meme