Howard Kurtz Says No Bias on Benghazi; Just Boredom

kurtzLast night, Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz appeared on The O’Reilly Factor. He was there to discuss the newly released email implicating the White House in the shaping of Susan Rice’s now infamous, untrue talking points on the Benghazi, Libya attack.

Of course, the White House has long denied any involvement in concocting the false narrative that the 2012 attack was spawned from a spontaneous mob that was angry over an anti-Islam video. They instead blamed the misinformation on faulty intelligence from the CIA.

Well, we’ve now learned from previously redacted email information (recently acquired through a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch) that the White House wasn’t telling the truth about its role in Susan’s Rice’s talking points.

An email titled “PREP CALL with Susan”, sent by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes to top spokespeople in the White House and State Department before Rice’s media blitz, included this key objective: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”

This is very important because it substantiates a long-held belief of many critics of the administration: Less than two months out from the 2012 presidential election, when President Obama was campaigning heavily on his anti-terror record, the White House covered up the fact that four American patriots were murdered in Benghazi as part of a coordinated terrorist attack.

As Bill O’Reilly said on his show last night, “This is a huge story!”

Yet, the mainstream media hasn’t shown much interest in the revelation, just like they haven’t shown much interest in the Benghazi controversy as a whole. Howard Kurtz was on O’Reilly’s show to explain why… And boy, did he offer up a whopper of an explanation.

Kurtz adamantly rejected O’Reilly’s assertion that the media’s negligence has been motivated by their inclination to protect President Obama, and said, “I think the press is bored by the story.” He also said that most of the media believes that the story is “old, complicated, and the country has moved on.” He later conceded that the White House’s Benghazi spin was indeed a scandal, but that it was a scandal “that’s been going on for more than a year and a half.”

I found the analysis to be nothing short of outrageous, especially coming from someone who has acknowledged the problem of liberal media bias several times in the past.

I would love to pose a few questions to Mr. Kurtz:

What true-blooded, American journalist would look at a White House cover-up of a terrorist attack, done for the purpose of bolstering a president’s re-election prospects, and find that story to be dull?

What true-blooded, American journalist would yawn at an administration repeatedly lying to the public (and the parents of four dead men) about a YouTube video, whose creator they used as a scapegoat, being responsible for such an attack?

What true-blooded, American journalist would view the forced release of previously redacted information that strongly suggests that an administration made up a story to win an election, and choose to play video-solitaire over actually reporting on the story?

This kind of behavior doesn’t stem from boredom. It stems from bias.

If a Republican were in the White House, Benghazi would have been an absolutely explosive scandal with every major news outlet approaching the story with the same zest as individuals like Sharyl Attkisson, Jonathan Karl, and those who work for Fox News have. Is there anyone – I mean anyone – who truly doesn’t believe that?

Do you not believe that, Mr. Kurtz?

Instead, these renegade reporters bothering to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi aftermath are mocked by their colleagues. They’re marginalized as conspiracy theorists or idealogues, and are told that they just don’t know when to let things go.

If Kurtz honestly believes what he says about boredom being a factor in the reporting on presidential scandals, I would love for him to explain to me why Plamegate and the dismissal of U.S. attorneys during the Bush administration were so much more exciting than Benghazi.

I would also love to hear his explanation as to why journalists were so much more eager to tie George W. Bush to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff than they are to tie Barack Obama to the words that repeatedly came out of his mouth in September and October of 2012.

The importance of Plamegate, the U.S. attorneys, and Jack Abramoff absolutely pales in comparison to Benghazi, yet the media certainly wasn’t paralyzed with boredom when it came to those scandals. From a Dead Sleep by John A. Daly

And if the statue of limitations has somehow run out on the importance of Benghazi, how would Kurtz explain how long the media’s obsession with Abu Ghraib lasted? Is the image of Ambassador Christopher Stevens’ blackened body being dragged through the streets of Libya just not as iconic as that of naked Iraqis stacked in pyramids?

Let’s get real. There is a painfully clear double-standard between how scandals are covered during Democratic administrations and how they’re covered during Republican administrations. The discrepancy has nothing to do with boredom.

What’s become boring are media apologists who don’t have the nerve to call out their peers for their stunning lack of objectivity.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • mark

    The reason is that the behavior of the liberal media is based upon religious conviction. Humans have a neurological, psychologial and spiritual need for religeous/spiritual experience. When the 60s college generation was rewarded by their leftist professors for rejecting religion and substituting instead a creed of secular progressivism, those political beliefs took the place of religion and took on the the mantle of absolute truth. This is why there is no longer any interest in the free exchange of ideas on most college campuses: the Left believe that they have all of the answers and nothing that conservatives, for example, could bring forward would be worth considering. That is why the atmosphere of tolerance and openess to considering other points of view re: political issues on most college campuses resemble that of madrassas, or colleges in Russia in 1920. So, if you are a liberal or far Leftist newspaper editior or TV executive, you do not want to give any credence to any view that undermines your religeous convictions and the fact that you know that you possess ablsolute truth provides the moral basis for continuousily violatiing your ethical duty as a journalist and your patriotic duty to our democratic republic. Your religeous duty to your secular progressive worldview trumps any conflicting duty. And, where the reporters are also by and large adherents to this new religion, they applaud their editors decisions rather than protest. The Left’s position now is: ” I will die for your right to say it, but only if it is not blasphemy within the context of my Sec/Prog Religion.

    • fitzsimmons Photography

      Wonderful response….Thank you!

  • Pete H

    That was the finest explanation that revealed the bias of the mainstream press I have ever read. Every American, of every political persuasion and background should read it, ,just to get a balanced view of reality.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Thanks Pete. I appreciate you saying that. Feel free to share it with your friends.

  • Ryan Nichols

    It’s hard to believe the left and many in the media still carry the narrative that there’s nothing to this story. Just as they have with the I.R.S. scandal. If this were a Republican administration, a earthquake could swallow California and the Benghazi scandal would be top story. .

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      It’s a calculated strategy, as you can see by legal eagle’s comments on the topic. As we know, his thoughts are emailed to him.

      Libs are confident it will work because the media has too much invested in our president to pursue anything that will taint his presidency.

      • Integrity

        I think this current president could do almost anything now and get away with it. The libs would continue to ignore or defend it, no matter how egregious it was. It is beyond comprehension for a normal and ethical human being. QED

    • Tim Bertram Black

      Whitewater II. Yawn. I say you people should keep attacking Obamacare… Americans love it and it is working better than anyone expected.
      Of course, Rush, Billo, and Alex Jones would never tell you that — and you people don’t seem to read or think critically about stuff.

      • Integrity

        How is Obamacare working better than expected? What is the starting point for this analysis, colossal failure? Perhaps you should start thinking critically about stuff. If you weren’t so partisan, you might notice that all of the facts have not been released yet. Finally, if it is such a resounding success and loved by Americans, then why the need to delay it until after the elections? QED

      • Ryan Nichols

        Don’t worry yourself. Obamacare will win the right the Senate. Because it’s so great and works so well. Which is why all polls show most of the country dislike it. And probably why they keep delaying it. Because they want to save the best for after the midterms. If you had any clue how to think critical you would find a lying president interesting, if not appalling. Which I imagine you would if it were a Republican. Lol

        • Tim Bertram Black

          There is a difference between it failing — and you just wanting it to fail.
          Even under Dubya, I never wanted him to fail… I always hoped for the best for America.
          You folks don’t care about your country — you just care about Obama failing.
          And sorry to tell you, Obamacare is a resounding success! The most people can say is that the website rollout was disastrous. Most website rollouts of that complexity are “disastrous”… it was really just more inconvenient. Republicans act like it was worse than the Holocaust.
          Just in my family: my brother was losing his job — he got another one before he lost it — but while he was looking he was very grateful that even if it took him 6 months, he wouldn’t be without insurance because of Obamacare.
          It needs to be made better of course — it was a compromise solution. Cue the republicans to champion making it better? Not on your life — they keep stabbing it probably literally praying to their gods that it fails.

          • Ryan Nichols

            Obamacare is a disaster. That’s just the way it is. He had to lie a thousand times to pass it. Then lie a thousand more times to get reelected. Then the entire we have to pass it to find out all the bs in it. They lied right up till they couldn’t anymore. Then they delayed the other lies. You can’t call it a success. It’s not even fully implemented. And why’s that.. Because they’re scared too. They know it’s only getting worse.

            Bottom line. You are full of it. Even if all was going well, which you don’t know that. You can’t call it a success until it all hits us. It will be probably 10 years or more before anyone knows for sure how successful or disastrous it is.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            The only thing was that all people could keep their old insurance — but they lost that insurance because it was so bad it didn’t meet the standards of ACA… Did Obama lie? no — I don’t think he knew that these types of abysmal plans existed or that anyone would want to keep them if they did.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            >>The only thing was that all people could keep their old insurance —
            but they lost that insurance because it was so bad it didn’t meet the
            standards of ACA…

            So… Something is “bad” and deserves to die if it doesn’t meet the standards set by liberal bureaucrats in Washington? What about a person’s choice to consciously pay less and get less? You know… a little thing called affordability? That was the case with my individual plan with Aetna until they ended it because it didn’t comply with the AFA.

            >>Did Obama lie?

            Obviously.

            >>I don’t think he knew that these types of abysmal plans existed or that anyone would want to keep them if they did.

            So you’re saying he’s a moron?

          • Jeff Webb

            >>The only thing was that all people could keep their old insurance — but they lost that insurance because it was so bad it didn’t meet the standards of ACA.<>I don’t think he knew that these types of abysmal plans existed or that anyone would want to keep them if they did.<<

            He's a middle-aged man with the world's most powerful job! Whatever idiocy he's capable of, he's sure as hell not THAT big an idiot.

            People like you saw fit to give him expansive power over the country's healthcare & insurance system. If you really don't think he knew, you really don't think much.

          • Benmaxcon

            Where’s my $2500 savings? And how come close to 40 million people still have no health insurance? And why did I have to stop seeing my doctor of the past 20 years? Sounds like a huge success to me.

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Because you aren’t bright enough to figure out how to see your old doctor of 20 years. You are getting your numbers from Fox News again.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            You think Fox News is responsible for people losing their doctors?

            I lost mine last month because he didn’t want to abide by the new Obamacare regulations. Do you blame that on Bill O’Reilly?

          • fitzsimmons Photography

            There we go.Liberal playbook….. Lie,sully reputations,always use the stupid or race card in your pathetic arguments because you have no concrete facts to support your lack of initiative or lack of ideas. Alwys been the case with you guys.. You are not even worth a response!

          • fitzsimmons Photography

            When someone has to revert to ruining reputations and lying it is always evident that they have nothing to base their arguments on. When you are accusatory, like you, your accusations usually come from your own inadequacies!!Awe you poor thing!

          • Ryan Nichols

            I know this is a obvious observation. . But you must be stoned. Oh thank god your brother had Obamacare as a option he didn’t need. That makes the billions spent all worth it. To bad the left wrote a monstrosity of a bill that is a disaster. Then maybe people would have gotten behind it. But then again our divider and chief created this division, he knows not how to lead. Keep making excuses, and insulting people who are not gullible.

          • fitzsimmons Photography

            Ohhhh yes. You liberals were so compassionate and caring to the Bush Administration. There it is again. Another lie. That’s what you do best Bertram Black!

          • fitzsimmons Photography

            You’ll see how successful Obamacare is. But it will be too late. A Republican administration will have to clean up after the kids like it always does!!!

          • fitzsimmons Photography

            As usual. Liberals take one situation and apply it to everything…..Your brothers situation=all of Obamacare!

      • fitzsimmons Photography

        The greatest talent that the left has is ‘lying.’ From Barack Obama to Stephanie Cutter to Axelrod to Harry Reid to Pelosi to Bob Beckelto Hillary Clinton to BILL….they think NOTHING of making up their own facts and spewing them daily!

  • Rush_Fan

    What else can you expect from a Lefty, even one who was mistakenly hired by Fox News. Howard Kurtz was a Lefty when he worked for CNN and the Daily Beast, and he has only slightly gotten better since he moved to Fox News.

    Kurtz’s Media Buzz is the most bland show on Fox News. Kurtz, like most Liberals, will not admit the wide-spread Liberal bias in the Democrat-run mainstream lamestream media.

    • Ryan Nichols

      Although I disagree with Kurtz, I don’t think Fox made any mistake in hiring him. I applaud Fox for hiring left leaning commentators. They lose credibility if they’re just a microphone for the right. Imo Fox is by far the most important news outlet on television. Without Fox the liberal agenda and the democrat politicians wouldn’t have any network being critical of things that call for criticism on the left. The left is afraid of Fox, they show that every time they take a jab at the network. So it’s important that Fox have people from both sides of the debate, as well as people not taking any side but just reporting facts. I think they should drop Hannity. He’s a big reason there’s credibility in what some people say about Fox and it’s bias.

      • Rush_Fan

        When you have ALL the other television networks owned, operated, and staffed by Democrats and spewing Democrat talking points,why would you want the designated media critic for Fox News to be a Liberal, who will not admit that the other television networks owned, operated, and staffed by Democrats and spewing Democrat talking points? If I want to listen to a Kurtz clone, I can turn to CBS, NBC/MSNBC, ABC and CNN.

        “He’s [Hannity] a big reason there’s credibility in what some people say about Fox and it’s bias.” It’s primarily Lefties who claim Fox News is bias, and they have no credibility with those of us on the Right!

        • Ryan Nichols

          I agree msnbc and the likes don’t have any credibility. They’re just plain shameless. And why would I want Fox to have liberals? Because I want Fox to be better than msnbc. Which I think they are.

          • Rush_Fan

            Actually you and I are not that far apart. If you haven’t already, consider posting at NewsBusters.org and http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/. We can always use another intelligent poster.

          • Ryan Nichols

            I’ll check that out thanks. One more point, Bob Beckel on the Fox show “The Five” today showed my point about liberals being on Fox. Eventually they slip, and say what they really think. On the liberal networks they don’t have to defend, they don’t get pushed to answer the questions they don’t want too.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Both good websites for sure.

          • Integrity

            Here is another website you might be interested in: http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/ Proof that intelligence can coexist with lawyers. :) QED

          • Tim Bertram Black

            I know this isn’t constructive — but it has to be said:
            Are you high?

      • Tim Bertram Black

        Fox News has no credibility to lose. That was lost a long, long time ago. Roger Ailes dreamed up GOP TV while working for Nixon. Murdoch is happy because Fox News does well in the ratings — which is easy to do because right-wingers only want to see and hear things that confirm what they already believe to be true.
        MSNBC on the other hand, isn’t biased because it uses facts and science and admits when it gets things wrong.

        • fitzsimmons Photography

          MSNBC! Ha Ha. Facts and science! What a joke. You definitely drank the coolaide just like the followers in most communist countries.
          The left marches lockstep with their orders from above. The very sad thing about the left is that they have no independent ‘think’ They all think the same and talk the same. Try to name one real,independent thinker in the Democrat Party. You can’t. They get their speaking orders and off they go!!

          • Tim Bertram Black

            Al Franken.

          • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

            Apparently if you add a few jokes to your speeches, that makes you an independent thinker in the eyes of liberals. lol.

  • FareedAnsari

    The pentagon testified in previous hearings that they produced the Beguile-zi talking points. The new warm gun eMails were available when Issa requested earlier eMails but never specified the recent warm gun eMails that dealt with all the regional reactions that also took place at the same time as Benghazi.

  • G. Daylan

    Howard Kurtz is a joke and his show that is supposed to critique the media is similar to the MSM critiquing the Obama administration. He is concerned with his crony “journalists” and how they react. He dismisses the rest of us as untutored rubes that cannot understand the daily grind of the hard-working reporter.

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Though I have seen some moments of greatness from him, I’m sad to say that I largely concur with what you’re saying.

  • sjangers

    Howie Kurtz’s rationalizations notwithstanding, it’s going to be interesting to see how the mainstream media reaction to these latest revelations evolves. During the White House press briefing today, it was entertaining to watch a couple reporters from outlets other than Fox rake Jay Carney over the coals a bit. Of course the most entertaining part of the whole affair was watching Carney re-enact his weasel dance. There’s very little more amusing that Carney doing the weasel dance to a salsa tempo. It was hilarious!

    • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

      Yeah, there’s been a few surges of media interest on Benghazi over the past 20 months, but it’s always short-lived.

      • Rush_Fan

        It’s been short-lived because with the exception of Fox News and Fox Business, most of the mainstream media enterprises are owned, managed and staffed by Democrats. Consequently, they are looking out for and protecting their fellow Democrats.

      • idonthatepeople

        Hi Dildoboy, how is your hatred thingy going? aren’t you getting tired of it? guess where i am now? i am going to give you hint. you have to watch stupid movie with julia roberts because losers like you will never will see real thing.

        • http://johndalybooks.com/ John Daly

          Normally I just delete stuff like this, but this is too damned funny. Apparently I’m supposed to feel jealous because this guy is writing to me from Richard Gere’s bedroom. lol. You can’t make this stuff up folks.

          • idonthatepeople

            u finally got over your ip address hunt. at least that is progress. how about your hate thingy?