On the host of CNN”s unreliable media ethics and criticism show, Reliable Sources, slammed Fox News:
STELTER: Boy, has Fox News spent a lot of time over the past two years focused on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, and I mean a lot of time. […] But when a new Benghazi report came out on Friday, there was hardly a peep, and maybe that’s because the report, which was Republican led, it was by the , debunks many of the myths that have run rampant on Fox News and in conservative media circles. […] So I have to wonder: will Fox will stop aggressively pushing its theories about Benghazi? Probably not. With its audience largely in the dark about the latest findings, the myths may, and perhaps will, live on.
Wheels within wheels, deceit within deceit, hypocrisy within hypocrisy. The criticism was correct and deserved, as Fox News’ own media critic (and the former unreliable host of Reliable Sources) noted as well. It also was notable for what it left out:
- Despite being routinely ridiculed as a witch-hunting political mob, the Republicans on the Committee fought for the investigation. That it exonerated the Administration is pure moral luck: apparently CNN has forgotten Hillary’s famous shouted “what difference does it make?” The fact that there was, in the end, nothing sinister to cover up doesn’t excuse the administration for obfuscating, dragging its feet and sending Susan Rice out to lie on talk shows to avoid scrutiny, and it was that conduct that convinced many that something was rotten in Libya.
- This result does not excuse CNN’s network for its complicity in assisting the White House’s efforts before the 2012 election to pretend there were no facts to clarify. CNN failed to cover this story sufficiently before the truth was known, and had Fox News and the Republicans not kept the inquiry alive, we would not have a definitive report for Fox to emulate the liberal- biased media by burying. Stelter’s snide comments are the height of hypocrisy.
- Fox News failed to give sufficient coverage to the Benghazi report, now hardly an issue burning up the social media, the week it was released. That’s bad. It was a legitimate topic for a journalism ethics show. It was not, however, the worst example of biased news omission, or the most noteworthy. Both ABC and NBC failed to cover the revelations by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber regarding the intentional deception worked on the American voters and the Congressional Budget Office in order to get the Affordable Care Act passed, and have not acknowledged the existence of the controversy yet, three weeks after the series of smoking videos appeared. CNN gaves its ideological pals in the mainstream media a pass on a worse example of biased news selection, while condemning Fox for a lesser offense of the same nature.
- CNN’s failure to cover the non-coverage by ABC and NBC of the Gruber scandal is itself as unethical as Fox failing to cover the House report on Benghazi. It deserved similar criticism, but Stelter couldn’t mention that failure of fair and balanced reporting because he was in the midst of committing it.
A journalism ethics show on either CNN or Fox is an oxymoron.