What Do Benghazi Conspiracy Theories and the Romney Electoral College Landslide Have in Common?
Answer: they have both been the hallmarks of particular news and commentary outlets. The same commentators who earnestly felt in their guts that the polling was all wrong and that Romney was going to win 300 or more electoral votes are also the ones who are convinced that Benghazi represents some sort of massive cover-up and is a scandal of epic proportions. It now seems that some of these same folks are convinced that the Petraeus resignation is somehow linked to attempts to cover up the truth about Benghazi.
Now, I would note that being wrong about the election does not mean that these individuals are wrong about Benghazi. However, it is worth pointing out that the predictions about the election were driven almost exclusively by wishful thinking regarding the end of the Obama administration. And, it would seem, their views on Benghazi might likewise be motivated by hopes of ending (or at least severely damaging) that same administration.
As such, given the motive issue, and the recent clear example of shoddy analysis, perhaps some of need to take a step back and reassess their coverage of the Benghazi situation, yes?
I know that many think that the reason that Fox is so dedicated to this story is that they simply want the truth and are doggedly pursuing it. And surely Rush and friends just want answers, yes? Of course, that’s what they wanted with the poll data, too, wasn’t it?
Put it this way: this might be a good time to start being a bit more skeptical of what David Frum called the “conservative entertainment complex” (if one is not already a skeptic).