Jon Stewart shines withering spotlight on right-wing noise machine’s hysteria over Benghazi


It speaks ill of the so-called serious news media in this country when a political satirist does a better job than all of them in putting a controversy in proper perspective.

Such was the case last night when it took Jon Stewart a mere 10 minutes to expose the vacuousness of the scandal-mongering by the Republican right over the Benghazi tragedy.

THIS PIECE includes two video clips from Stewart’s devastating treatment of the subject:

Jon Stewart tonight took on today’s big Congressional hearing on Benghazi, and specifically on how it’s become the latest way Fox News has gone all-out in covering a potential Obama administration scandal while wondering where the rest of the media is. But Stewart pointed out that no one else is quite on board because everyone’s basing their outrage on speculation, and, frankly, “the denizens of Bull[bleep] Mountain have cried wolf before.”

Stewart pointed out how Fox News has repeatedly highlighted how each different testimony in the past few months would be the big game-changer on Benghazi, and this one would be no different. He pointed out that there was already an accountability report released, and that the GOP seems to be more outraged about this attack than any attack on Americans abroad during the Bush administration.

Stewart also reminded viewers that pretty much every potential Obama administration scandal has been described as worse than Watergate, with one Republican congressman saying Benghazi is worse than Watergate plus Iran Contra times ten. But Stewart had to point out that the reason no one else is as outraged as Fox is that while they’re “at DefCon ‘this definitely happened,’” no one actually knows what happened, and so everyone’s just speculating. Stewart mocked all the speculation, saying “if dingleberries were diamonds, I could open a Kay Jewelers in my pants.”


UPDATE: Meanwhile, Kavin Drum offers THIS:

Well, the big Benghazi hearings have finished up for the day, and as near I can tell we learned…..nothing. We heard testimony about the following:

  • The Pentagon didn’t dispatch fighter jets to patrol Benghazi following the initial attack.
  • A 4-man special ops team was stationed in Tripoli, but wasn’t dispatched to Benghazi the morning after the attacks to help with rescue and evacuation.
  • In interviews on the Sunday after the attacks, Susan Rice said things that contradicted Libyan President Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf.

None of this is even remotely new. The Pentagon has said before that they believed it was best for the Tripoli team to stay in Tripoli.1 General Carter Ham has testified that he didn’t think deploying F-16s over Benghazi would be helpful, and he still doesn’t. And Rice’s interviews were litigated to death long ago. If you actually review the evidence, it turns out that her language was careful; it was based on CIA talking points; there was (and still is) evidence that the “Innocence of Muslims” video played a role in the attacks; and al-Magariaf was almost certainly wrong about whether the attacks were a long-planned operation.


Was Benghazi mishandled? Maybe. Are there lessons to be learned? Probably. Is there a scandal or a coverup? There’s never been any evidence of it, and there still isn’t. This is a show that goes on and on without end, but it never delivers a payoff. Issa and his colleagues need to start paying more attention to stuff that actually matters, and give up on the Fox-friendly conspiracy theories that never pan out. Enough’s enough.


UPDATE II: And then there’s this snarky image:




  1. Frank W Zimmerman

    And of course Jon Stewart is not a left-wing nut and a real truther.

  2. Brilliant comment, Frank.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Robert

    So Mr. Zimmerman, according to your definitions, how does one just be left-wing without the nut qualifier. How would that look and sound. Give us an example. Thanks in advance.

  4. Robert

    Does anybody remember these events, or are they all made up?

    “September 17, 2008, terrorists attacked the U.S. embassy in Sana’a, Yemen – 7 killed. July 9, 2008, terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, Turkey – 3 killed.
    September 12, 2006, terrorists attacked the U.S. embassy in Damascus, Syria – 1 killed.
    March 2, 2006, a suicide car bomber killed 4, at the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.
    December 6, 2004, terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 5 killed.
    July 30, 2004, a suicide bomber killed 2 at the U.S. embassy in Taskkent, Uzbekistan.
    February 28, 2003, terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan killing 2.
    February 20, 2003, a suicide truck bomber killed 17 at the International Diplomatic Compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “

  5. Brian Opsahl

    Robert over 60 Embassy employees died during GW Bushs tenure….but NOT a single mention of all those good folks…hhhmm

  6. Q Jordon

    Yes, Brian, it is amazing how the Republicans are so fixated on the Benghazi incident. The party must really be shaken by the prospects of having Hillary Clinton as our next U.S. President in 2016.

    And as they are fixated on this topic, they are about to commit political suicide with the denial of this immigration bill.

    Even many of the major corporations in the U.S. see the benefits of finally having a bill that will spell out more sensible and more current legislation on immigration

  7. Robert

    I wonder who is behind the scenes pushing this effort to derail Hillary’s run and immigration reform? I know the House is full of crazies (and the Senate has theirs too), but I have to think there is some strategy behind their effort and some party hacks are providing guidance.

    As much as it appears to be political suicide to make such decisions on Benghazi and immigration, I doubt there is one conservative on this blog and in the greater population that would vote for Democrat even though they may be disgusted with such pettiness.

    As long as we have the likes of Hannity, O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Boorts, and Fox News fanning the flames of division, along with their counterparts in the House and Senate, I still see a close race. As someone said in the GWB years, the Republicans could run Daffy Duck for President and get a comparable % of votes to GW’s final count.

  8. Robert

    Robert said a few days back, “I wonder who is behind the scenes pushing this effort to derail Hillary’s run…”

    I saw this on the Huffington Post.


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