Earlier today, I posted about Geraldo Rivera’s heated debate on Fox & Friends in which he spoke out passionately against the politicization of the tragedy at Benghazi. Tonight, Rivera visited The O’Reilly Factor where he got into it with Bill O’Reilly. Rivera was still a strong voice speaking out against the politicization but this time, Rivera made sure to highlight suspicious behavior by the Obama administration.
Rivera never criticized anyone at Fox for the 24/7 Benghazi-Gate drumbeating that’s been going on over at the “fair and balanced” network. And I had to wonder if someone didn't speak to him after the Fox & Friends debate because this time Rivera made a point of legitimizing the network's concerns:
There is a legitimate scandal on why there wasn’t more security for the Ambassador in Benghazi. Why the intelligence failed to predict that this militia was going to carry out a deadly attack. That’s one scandal. Then there’s the attack itself and I think that it’s going to be very, very difficult to argue that they should have sent in the Marines… The third part is the cover up (notice how it’s presented as a given) and therein lies the political rub. There I think there is some legitimacy to the criticism because Susan Rice clearly was not articulating real time intelligence when she did the Sunday talk show circuit. Why not? What did she know? When did she know it? That is a legitimate political question.
You might be surprised to know I agree with Rivera there. These are questions that should be asked and answered. But Fox's constant foaming at the mouth is clearly designed more to whip up animosity against the Obama administration than to enlighten. I can assure you that Fox's burning curiosity about Benghazi will immediately dissipate on November 7 if Mitt Romney is elected. It's too bad Rivera didn't address his own network's role in the very process he was decrying.
However, Rivera did get back to his main argument from the morning, that the tragedy is being politicized. For President Obama to discuss this now, so shortly before the election, would be, Rivera said, “like putting blood on the water to political sharks.”
Pointing to “a fog of war aspect,” Rivera repeatedly noted Mitt Romney’s failure to challenge Obama on the subject of Benghazi in the last debate. Why? Rivera said it was because “he knew that it was a lot more ambiguous than political operatives are making it out.” After repeating his argument that the tragedy should be reviewed dispassionately after the election, Rivera made another allegation I’ll bet he’ll make a point of modifying later on Fox: “You can’t count on (Republican Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee) Darrell Issa to find truth here.”
And most important of all, you of course missed the whole point entirely, making the death of these four honorable men a political issue is just morally WRONG, I don’t care whose side you’re on and you KNOW that! So, before you put shame on anyone else, look in the mirror sir!