By Bill Maher
In case you were wondering if Rep. Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, was going to be fair-minded, temperate, or even reasonable in his inquisition, the wait is over: Nope.
In a video from last year that recently re-surfaced, Gowdy gives a three-minute angry scolding of the media that has made him a hero to the right. In it, Gowdy took the fourth estate to task for ignoring the Most Important Issue of All Time. Most of the speech was asking the media a bunch of high-handed questions, and the nature of the questions tells you exactly what he's up to:
“Does it bother you whether or not you know why Chris Stevens was in Benghazi?. Do you know why no assets were deployed during the siege? And I've heard the explanation – which defies logic, frankly – that we couldn't have gotten there in time, but you know, they didn't know when it was going to end. So how can you possibly cite that as an excuse? ... Can you answer that? Do any of you know why Susan Rice was picked? The Secretary of State did not go. She says she doesn't like Sunday talk shows. That's the only media venue she does not like, if that's true. ...Do you know the origin of this mythology that it was spawned as a spontaneous reaction to a video? ... I am not surprised that the President of the United States called this a phony scandal. I'm not surprised Secretary Clinton asked, ‘What difference does it make?’… I'm just surprised at how many people bought it.”
And then he quite literally stormed out of the room, taking no questions.
The willful perversion of Hillary’s quote, the smug portrayal of her as a media whore, the pretense that the idea of violent protests over the video was a “mythology,” it's all there: The liberals' worst fears about this being a stupid, blatantly political show trial have been vindicated.
Maybe, instead of just demanding answers about Benghazi from the Democrats and now the press, conservatives should be made to answer a few questions themselves. About why they consistently ignore hard evidence about the effect of the video, or why they ignore repeated statements by military experts that the options for getting assets into place were, as Admiral Mullen has said, “absolutely zero.” At this point, those are the only unanswered questions about Benghazi.