Apparently, Eric Bolling just can’t stand anyone to be more despicable than he is. So with a recent spotlight on Andrea Tantaros’ outrageous “question” about whether or not President Obama would put 15 year-old Malia Obama on birth control (now that Plan B has been approved for teen use), yesterday, Bolling suggested “we’d be asking different questions” if either of the Obama daughters or Chelsea Clinton had been killed or injured in Benghazi. Classy.
Think of this for one second. If it was Alex or your daughter, or if it was Malia or Sasha, or if it was Chelsea Clinton in Benghazi pinned down with mortars coming in and there’s a five hour difference between when they first learned when the email came out that said ‘Benghazi under fire’ or ‘four hour difference between when Obama met with Panetta and Biden. Between then and the time that one of those precious children were injured or killed. Don’t you think we’d be asking different questions?
Think lone liberal Bob Beckel jumped up and told Bolling his comment was out-of-line and despicable? You know, like he did when CBS’ Amazing Race contestants were asked to memorize Vietnamese songs and visit the site of a downed B-52 bomber?
Video below via Media Matters.
That’s what perplexes me with so many people who declare that they are Christians and yet are capable of spewing out the most hateful intolerant attacks with some of them actually wishing death on others.
As AAP is wont to say: “Jesus must weep” every time they open their mouths. And they are totally unaware of the contradiction between the teachings of Jesus and the actions they are willing to perpetrate supposedly in his name.
The sad part is, it’s working- Fox News is enjoying their highest ratings average in months. I can’t remember the last time Cavuto, Greta, and Hannity went this long without coming in 2nd, and the others had a small climb. They don’t even care that surveys say people are only tuning in because Benghazi has become such a freak show, since it’s rebirth at the end of last month.
Remember when springer’s ratings were higher than everything but the #1 after-school cartoon, yet even the trailer trash hicks were telling surveys it was the worst thing they had ever seen? Yep, that’s the only part of history Fox ever learned from.
It’s odd that Eric Bolling, a man who presents himself as a good, decent Christian family man, has no problem saying things like this about someone else’s family. There’s a basic contradiction, and it’s interesting that he can’t see it.
At the same time, the right wing obsession with this story may be simply blinding him and others to the reality of what they are saying. We heard some of this stuff over the last two years about Fast & Furious, during the last big witch hunt. And we’ll no doubt hear more about this one from the right wing. But I still have yet to hear anything that’s news. No outrageous revelations. No smoking guns. Just a disagreement over policy and a lot of finger pointing about how the security level was low enough to allow the attack to happen.
And now they’re going back to Susan Rice’s talking points before going on news shows. (As we heard Trey Gowdy solemnly intone “Five. Different. Times!”) Here’s a news flash to Fox News on this. It’s not a major issue to have the State Department and the intelligence analysts go over such talking points before one of their people goes to the media. It’s actually an everyday thing. It’s also understandable if they decided to remove al Qaeda discussion from these appearances – particularly while they were in the first stages of investigating it and the only possible result would be the GOP witch hunt in the offing. So Susan Rice was told to go with just the facts that they could definitively state – that there were riots happening all across the region, that State (not Gregory Hicks) believed the attack may have started from a spontaneous riot which then went violent. As it turns out, this particular attack was just an opportunistic move by the local al Qaeda sect, taking advantage of all the rioting going on in the area for their cover. And that’s what was discussed in the ARB report that was released later.
But Fox News and Rush Limbaugh want to make Susan Rice an issue again. Let’s remember the difference between her appearances and the Bush Administration conduct they’re trying to throw into the same hopper. Susan Rice was discussing attacks that had already happened and were under investigation. The murders had already occurred and we were working on dealing with the aftermath. The GOP at that time was hoping to use those murders as a campaign talking point in any way it could. They bumbled this, since President Obama had been careful enough in his discussions to cover all the bases. When Mitt Romney tried for a Hail Mary “Gotcha!” at the second debate, he fell flat on his face and was humiliated in a manner I haven’t seen since Lloyd Bentsen dealt with Dan Quayle. After the GOP lost the election, they continued trying to use Benghazi, only to be publicly humiliated again, this time by Hillary Clinton. And they’re still going at it. But again, we’re talking about parsing statements AFTER the attacks. We’re talking about a lot of policy wonking that’s less about protecting anyone than pointing fingers. If Fox News or Rush Limbaugh had anything that indicated that President Obama or his cabinet deliberately endangered their ambassador, they would have been trumpeting that. It would be the headline at Fox News for a month. So what they’ve done instead is try to hint that they have something. But they don’t – it’s all just politicians arguing over the minute details of policy. And it’s funny that Fox News and Rush Limbaugh don’t understand why most people don’t care about that.
Now, when the Bush Administration was engaged in cover-ups, those were about statements that were made BEFORE we invaded Iraq. That was about lies that were told that resulted in thousands upon thousands of deaths, and trillions of dollars of debt for the U.S. And when Joe Wilson publicly discussed some of those lies, the Bush Administration response was to publicly expose his wife as an undercover CIA agent, thus endangering her life and the lives of anyone with whom she had been working. See the difference? THAT is a situation of lies with consequences and reprisals by an Administration trying to cover things up. THAT is a matter of criminal behavior – and the only thing that saved people like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove from prison terms is the fact that Scooter Libby was a good soldier for them. His lies to the investigators of the matter shielded his bosses, and the commutation of his prison sentence left him able to keep silent about the matter while continuing to enjoy the perks of his position at the Hudson Institute. The witch hunt about Benghazi is a matter of finger pointing AFTER the events occurred and is simply a question of petty politics. The fact that the right wing cannot comprehend this simple truth speaks volumes about the trouble they are currently having.
I would ask these questions, but we already know the answers since such attacks did happen under W and all we heard from you and Fox was complete silence as you are playing your game of selective patriotism.