I ran across a headline the other day, an insufficient one that read, Fox Panel Imagines Hillary’s Assassination — And Then Uses It To Attack Her On Benghazi. Now, yes, I do admit it comes close to describing the content to follow, but remains — at least to my eyes — insufficient for one very simple overlook: it did not contain the word STUPID. Or IDIOTIC. Now I grant that it did come close with the words “Fox Panel,” but sometimes close just doesn’t make it.
The basis of the emergent idiocy is reaction to a comment Hillary Clinton made during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year when, having been asked whether the attacks were brought on by a protest or for some other reason, her response was, “What difference does it make?”
After Fox News contributor Juan Williams responded by pointing out Republicans were insisting that Benghazi was a scandal to derail Clinton’s presidential ambitions, Jonathan Hoenig of CapitalistPig.com accused Clinton of “an anti-Americanism”, and then added, “The upshot is that you, as in individual, your life doesn’t mean anything.”
Door open, at which point Fox News pundit Wayne Rogers decided to take the argument to an extreme.
“Imagine the following,” he said. “Imagine that Hillary Clinton runs for president, and gets assassinated in the process.”
“And somebody shows up, a congressman, and says, ‘Well, what difference does it make anyway?'” Rogers quipped. “I mean, The New York Times would have that on the front page!”
“They would have a field day,” [host Eric] Bolling agreed.
“That is such a distortion,” Williams objected. “Nobody, I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat, ever said it didn’t make any difference, and Hillary Clinton didn’t say that. Hillary Clinton said, ‘What about the cause?’ People were going on and on about, was it a group of terrorists, was it a group of people who were attacking the embassy?”
“She said, ‘What difference does it make anyway?'” Rogers shouted, waving his finger at Williams. “That’s what she said!”
“We ran out of time, I would love to have a little bit more time with that one,” Bolling said as he concluded the segment.
So. Hillary answers a question in straight forward fashion, wondering simply “What difference does it make” whether the inspiration of the Benghazi attack was this thing or that thing, and months later a collection of bozos on Fox News totally ignore ANY context implicit in the original premise, and run off screaming and pulling their hair out, making complete and total asses of themselves in the process.
Sometimes I wonder if Murdoch, or maybe Ailes, might actually not be Murdoch or Ailes at all, but instead the reincarnate evil spirit of Herr Dr. Joseph Goebbels. Works for me.
Interesting how it’s now become a moment-by-moment process — the notion that the Fox idiotic outgassing of any given moment is definable as the most perfect example of abject stupidity ever witnessed in all of history — until the next moment, when it’s overwhelmed with . . . etc. etc.
Only remaining question, really, is a simple one: is Fox News the pinnacle of human idiocy and stupidity, or is it today’s best example of calculated seditiousness? I say yes, and yes.