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Reminder: When Trey Gowdy threw down the gauntlet to the mainstream media on Benghazi questions
Hotair ^ | 05/18/2014 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 05/18/2014 4:00:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

This video comes from a press conference given by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) earlier this week [see update - from late last year], but Real Clear Politics picked it up today, and it’s definitely worth a fresh look. As the newly-appointed chair of the select committee investigating Benghazi, Gowdy has bristled at criticisms that all of the questions have already been answered — especially when those criticisms come from national media outlets who have shown remarkably little curiosity about the collapse of American policy in Libya. In his presser, Gowdy challenged the critics to answer the questions his committee will probe — or at least to start asking them:

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO

”We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act in Benghazi, and make no mistake, justice will be done.” That was the president of the United States over a year ago.

“We’re investigating exactly what happened, but my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice.” That was the president of the United States over a year ago. No one has been arrested. No one has been prosecuted. No one has been brought to justice. We don’t even have access to the witnesses.

You in the media were good enough for my 16 years as a prosecutor not to tell me how to do my job, and so far in Congress, y’all have been good enough not to tell me how to do my job. I’m not telling you how to do your job. But I’m going to ask you some questions, and if you can’t answer these questions, then I’ll leave you to draw whatever conclusion you want to draw about whether or not the media has provided sufficient oversight.

Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed? Do you know? Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi? Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed? Do you know why requests for additional security were denied? Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded? Do you know the answer to why those requests went unheeded? Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege? And I’ve heard the explanation — which defies logic, frankly — that we couldn’t have gotten there in time, but you know, they didn’t know when it was going to end. So how can you possibly cite that as an excuse? 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? Do any of you know why Susan Rice was picked? The secretary of state did not go. She says she doesn’t like Sunday talk shows. That’s the only media venue she does not like, if that’s true. Why was Susan Rice on the five Sunday talk shows? 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?

In conclusion, Congress is supposed to provide oversight, the voters are supposed to provide oversight, and you are supposed to provide oversight. That’s why you have special liberties, and that’s why you have special protections. I am not surprised that the president of the United States called this a phony scandal. I’m not surprised Secretary Clinton asked, “What difference does it make?” I’m not even surprised that Jay Carney said Benghazi happened a long time ago. I’m just surprised at how many people bought it.

It’s been a few days since this presser, and not only have I not seen answers to these questions, I still haven’t noticed these national media outlets bothering to ask them.

Update: This actually came from a press conference late last year, and not this week — although it got picked up again this week. My apologies to those in the comments who got this right. Newsbusters noted in on Wednesday with the proper date attribution, but everyone else seems to have mistaken it as recent, including me. It’s worth noting, though, how all of these questions still have no answers, and few in the media even bothering to ask them. Also, I’ve changed the headline to reflect the time difference.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: South Carolina; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benrhodes; jaycarney; libya; media; southcarolina; susanrice; treygowdy; waronterror

1 posted on 05/18/2014 4:00:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Saw this last night…and it’s the best thing I’ve seen out of Washington in a long long long time…..worth the watch, worth bookmarking, worth sending along.


2 posted on 05/18/2014 4:02:17 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: SeekAndFind

The corrupt treasonous MSM has had the back
of the Obama Administration’s treason.

Completely.

From his start pretending to be an American
to his evil planned murder and rape of a US Ambassador
as part of Obama’s transfer of weapons to al Qaeda.


3 posted on 05/18/2014 4:03:02 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: SeekAndFind

Trey/Sarah 2016...!


4 posted on 05/18/2014 4:03:17 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind

Cut from the same cloth as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Louie Gohmert.

Best thing Boehner had done in years, to appoint a firebrand former prosecutor to go for the juggler.


5 posted on 05/18/2014 4:04:02 PM PDT by bestintxas (Every time a RINO bites the dust a founding father gets his wings)
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6 posted on 05/18/2014 4:10:01 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: SeekAndFind
Pat Caddell called it.

Pat Caddell slams the media: They have become an “enemy of the people” Sept. 29, 2012(video 26:00)

Emotional Pat Caddell on the MSM ignoring Benghazi: “These people have no honor!” Oct. 27, 2012 (video at link 4:06)

CADDELL ON BENGHAZI: PRESS HAS FAILED THE COUNTRY, FACTS WILL PUT OBAMA IN DEEP TROUBLE May 13, 2014

The MSM are enemies of the people!

7 posted on 05/18/2014 4:13:35 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: TigersEye

Because. Nobody. Cares. Trey is a good man, but he and his mission are about one year too late.


8 posted on 05/18/2014 4:16:51 PM PDT by Galtoid ( .)
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To: Galtoid

Because what?


9 posted on 05/18/2014 4:18:35 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: SeekAndFind; ab01; afraidfortherepublic; AllAmericanGirl44; Aria; CyberAnt; ...
SLAM! BANG! CRUNCH! OUCH!!!

The slimy main stream media ain't seen nuthin' yet. Wait till Trey starts the proceedings.


Trey
Gowdy
Ping!

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10 posted on 05/18/2014 4:19:53 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
What I'd want to see is something really bipartisan when looking for responsibility. McCain met with terrorists in Syria; he should be called to determine what he knows about what weapons were supplied to "rebels". How about calling in some Blackwater and other private sector folks who provided services for the US gov in Libya and other places? To get to the bottom of Benghazi, we need to know what weapons the terrorists had and how they got them. It would also be helpful to find out how Boco Horon (sp) gets armed. Do any weapons the US has distributed get to those terrorists, and are they used for the horrors committed on Christian children?

I'm assuming if Gowdy really gets to the bottom of things, it's going to be ugly....as ugly as were Snowden's revelations about spying on US citizens. JMHO...he took the job, he's got to get to the bottom of it. Otherwise, Boehner and other RINOs might be planning to use this to marginalize him.

11 posted on 05/18/2014 4:21:05 PM PDT by grania
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t be suprised when the MSM start their drum beat against Gowdy. Just like what happened with Starr.


12 posted on 05/18/2014 4:22:27 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“...they didn’t know when it was going to end.”

Oh, good Lord!!! I never thought about that. Their excuse about the time it would take to get help there is TOTAL BS. (Like all the rest they’ve said.)


13 posted on 05/18/2014 4:25:42 PM PDT by kitkat (STORM HEAVEN WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: SeekAndFind
Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed? Do you know? Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi?

I am very encouraged that Gowdy brought this issue up FIRST. The answer to this question gets the administration into some deep mud.

14 posted on 05/18/2014 4:31:48 PM PDT by kidd
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To: SeekAndFind
Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed?

Do you know?

Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi?

Do you know why we were the last flag flying in Benghazi after the British had left and the Red Cross had been bombed?

Do you know why requests for additional security were denied?

Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded?

Do you know the answer to why those requests went unheeded?

Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege?

The press knows 'horse race'.. they care if this helps or hurts Clinton or Obama. That's all they know, and they're probably wrong... Hey New York Times and Washington Post boys - grow up...

15 posted on 05/18/2014 4:35:32 PM PDT by GOPJ (If dems will ‘death panel our vets they’ll damn sure death panel the rest of us...)
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To: SeekAndFind

In December, Trey Gowdy kicked the media in the nuts. Problem is the media doesn’t have any.


16 posted on 05/18/2014 4:37:52 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Galtoid

So. He should drop it?


17 posted on 05/18/2014 4:46:14 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: RedMDer

Man - I LOVE!!! Trey Gowdy!!!


18 posted on 05/18/2014 4:47:31 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Can you tell me why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi the night that he was killed? Do you know why requests for additional security were denied? Do you know why an ambassador asking for more security days and weeks before he was murdered and those requests went unheeded?”

Maybe the answer to Gowdy’s questions could be that someone in D.C. determined that Stevens had to “go” for some reason — either political or personal. This occurred to me in church today when Pastor was discussing King David, and I recalled what he did to Uriah.


19 posted on 05/18/2014 4:49:50 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Busko

They’ll drag out some high school acquaintance who’ll swear Trey once said “n1gger” in a private conversation.


20 posted on 05/18/2014 4:52:01 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: Busko
Don’t be surprised when the MSM start their drum beat against Gowdy. Just like what happened with Starr.

Trey will be public enemy number one by the time the media get through with him. People will come out of the woodwork to make false allegations about him and his family.
Either that or he will have an unfortunate accident.

21 posted on 05/18/2014 5:00:10 PM PDT by oldbrowser (This looks like a make it or break it point for America.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He is from Greenville, and it is a real Republican town and has been for some time now.


22 posted on 05/18/2014 5:04:43 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It's inevitable: Kentuckians are incapable of saying "No" to McC!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bttt


23 posted on 05/18/2014 5:11:15 PM PDT by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny. The America you knew is gone. Denial serves no purpose.)
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To: upchuck

Please add me to the list!

sneaks


24 posted on 05/18/2014 5:12:29 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: MayflowerMadam

Background on Stevens is seedy at best. His queer life style was linked with Obama. Was this another ex lover silenced?


25 posted on 05/18/2014 5:22:42 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: All

26 posted on 05/18/2014 5:59:26 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Theodore R.

Go Drive!


27 posted on 05/18/2014 6:24:15 PM PDT by onedoug (God derived the function we discovered as mathematics)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well at least the voters in America now know that there is at least one elected official in Washington that has a pair of bal*s, how refreshing in a place where the majority, or almost all, elected officials sell themselves to the highest bidder in order to line their pockets with money like reid.


28 posted on 05/18/2014 6:38:41 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: SeekAndFind

Also why did Obama continue to lie after he knew the truth about the attack?

Other questions to libs:

Where is the proof that environmental legislation in the US will impact global climate?

Does it matter if the US President lies to the US public about the dead of US citizens high ranking government officials?

If some conservatives have been targeted by multiple federal agencies, how does that occur without a high level conspiracy?


29 posted on 05/18/2014 6:57:38 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: Busko

People don’t trust the MSM like they did back in the Clinton days. Even democrats know they’re biased and that takes away from their credibility.


30 posted on 05/18/2014 8:19:56 PM PDT by GOPJ (If dems will "death panel" our vets they'll damn sure death panel the rest of us...)
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To: grania

Damn good questions.

I fear that anyone who asks those questions, will be marginalised, and talked down in the media.

But the violent consequences of this hidden war in Libya are now so out of control, that it cannot be kept hidden forever.


31 posted on 05/19/2014 1:10:18 AM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: upchuck

I am beginning to be a Gowdy fan, although I do wish he looked less like Jeoffry Baratheon.


32 posted on 05/19/2014 5:00:13 AM PDT by Rifleman
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To: Rifleman

Good. Why not join the Gowdy ping list? No charge.


33 posted on 05/19/2014 5:27:21 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Wow. I didn’t know Stevens and Obama knew each other at all. Maybe the story IS like King David and Uriah.


34 posted on 05/19/2014 6:20:54 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: MayflowerMadam
Friends of Christopher Stevens in Chicago say he was gay. A member of the Serbian diplomatic team based in Chicago told HillBuzz.org that the State Department knowingly sent a gay man to be the ambassador of Libya. HillBuzz.org reports "in Chicago’s diplomatic circles at least there is no doubt that Chris Stevens was gay.
35 posted on 05/20/2014 6:03:04 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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