Verbs shove the knife, adjectives twist it

Clinton at hearing (Reuters photo that appears on front page)

Of all the news outlets reporting on Hillary Clinton’s appearance in front of the Benghazi committee the Las Vegas newspaper chose the Washington Post version, possibly the least objective of the wire services.

Its opening paragraph states:

Hillary Rodham Clinton easily parried barbed Republican questioning Thursday about the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, emerging unscathed from a high-stakes congressional hearing with a smooth and sometimes poignant account of her role in the event that has loomed as among her largest political liabilities.

Never does the story mention how she and the president, just weeks before the election, concocted a story blaming the attack on the ambassador’s compound on reaction to an anti-Islamic video to distract from Obama’s insistence that terrorism was on the decline.

It’s all about politics now but not then.

The print version of the story was cut before getting to questions about how she could find time to swap emails with Sidney Blumenthal — described in Wikipedia as a “journalist, activist, writer and former political aide” Bill Clinton and a “long-time confidant to Hillary Clinton— but not the ambassador the Libya.

The story does mention in passing the FBI investigation of her handling of national security information.

For comparison, the lede on The Associated Press story, to which the Las Vegas paper no longer subscribes, stated:

Hillary Rodham Clinton strove to close the book on the worst episode of her tenure as secretary of state Thursday, battling Republican questions in a marathon hearing that grew contentious but revealed little new about the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. She firmly defended her record while seeking to avoid any mishap that might damage her presidential campaign.

Lacks the interpretative conclusions of the WaPo account.

28 comments on “Verbs shove the knife, adjectives twist it

  1. Steve says:

    Opinion infiltrating news….sad

  2. Whittle’s description of current newspaper editors was spot on.

  3. Accountability? Four State Department workers suspended “with pay” due to Benghazi “security lapses” quietly returned to work in less than a year.

  4. nyp says:

    please keep at it.

  5. After the hearing ended last night I was subjected to the hideous spectacle on CNN of watching Carl Bernstein slobber all over his tie as he opined about how Presidential Hillary looked while testifying. Yes…THAT Carl Bernstein (of Woodward & Bernstein…”All the President’s Men” fame…the one played by Dustin Hoffman). Note: There are NO investigative reporters who are willing to do what it takes to expose this corrupt administration’s cover up and utter incompetence in Benghazi including the malfeasance of Hillary Clinton. Mr. Bernstein needs to apologize to Richard Nixon.

  6. Vernon Clayson says:

    Do we really want four or eight years of this woman’s smug and overbearing self-righteous act? I recall back to FDR and don’t recall any president testifying under conditions like this, other than the standard bearer for lying and obfuscation, her husband, Bill Clinton. Congress is useless in such matters, there is no act that Obama could commit that would get him before a similar commtions.

  7. Vernon Clayson says:

    Obviously I meant commission.

  8. nyp says:

    Hey Vern — are you still into calling TV commentators you don’t agreee with “raging homos”?

  9. Patrick says:

    When do the hearings into Hillary’s connections with the “IRS Scandal” begin?

  10. Lois Lerner just got a free pass.

  11. Steve says:

    CNN/ORC poll: Hillary Clinton wins debate, but Bernie Sanders rises

    Feel the bern, NYP!


  12. Steve says:

    And another bern for ya!

    It’s tightening up, lots of time to go before the primaries and caucuses!

  13. Rincon says:

    Those poor Republicans. They come up with all of these charges and even with control of Congress, just can’t quite make anything stick, especially when it is crystal clear to all Conservatives that she MUST be guilty of something – or everything. The rule of law keeps getting in their way.

  14. You sound as pitiful as Carl Bernstein…

  15. The rule of people who will not enforce the law.

  16. Steve says:

    She is both smug and arrogant, it’s in her blood.

    I really do hope she wins the her party’s nomination because Bernie Sanders will be a much tougher nut to crack.

    Feel the bern, nyp!

  17. Rincon says:

    “You sound as pitiful as Carl Bernstein…” How persuasive. With debating skills like that, you should consider running for office.

    “She is both smug and arrogant, it’s in her blood.” Hubby Bill was also smug and arrogant, but he had an arguably good presidency. George W. was the kind of guy you would like to have a beer with, but his numerous mistakes in office cost us dearly. I’ll take competence over likeability any day.

  18. Let’s cut to the chase…the real reason that Hillary and President Obama will never be held accountable for their incompetence in not providing proper security for Ambassador Steven’s outpost before the attack in Benghazi and the political cover-up fairy tale that was spun following the tragedy is because of the ongoing covert CIA operations at the annex. Much like the executive privilege that was extended to Eric Holder after their little gun running experiment in Mexico was exposed…the cloud hanging over the covert operations at the Benghazi annex will render any meaningful examination moot.

  19. nyp says:

    It’s all a conspiracy

  20. Steve says:

    Didn’t vote for doubya. Didn’t vote Billy bob.
    Try again.

  21. Perhaps the little nyper could tell us all what the CIA were doing at the Annex in Benghazi. This is a description of the 13 hours of attacks from the ones on the ground…the ones that lived through it, not a description from a Monday morning quarterback.

  22. Steve says:

    Feel the bern, nyp! IF you guys nominate Clinton, Trump wins. Feel the bern!

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