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Showing posts with label Benghazi Committee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Benghazi Committee. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GOP "Get Hillary" Committee: Trey Gowdy's Worst Week In His LIfe

Trey Gowdy, US Congressman R0SC, Chair of the "GOP: Benghazi Get Hillary Committee

Speaking of the Benghazi Committee, why has the witch hunt become the story? The problem started with the committee;\/s inception and strategy to go after Hillary as a 2016 presidential candidate via the Benghazi tragedy.

Gowdy within the past 48 hours in an interview with Politico.
“I would say in some ways these have been among the worst weeks of my life,” Gowdy said this weekend during a lengthy interview with POLITICO. “Attacks on your character, attacks on your motives, are 1,000-times worse than anything you can do to anybody physically — at least it is for me.”
The rational person should wonder about the psyche of the former prosecutor.  Did he actually believe his skills as a prosecutorial was the impetus and basis for the appointment to chair the committee? Gowdy is a relatively new member of the US Congress. The appointment to head the "witch hunt" of the Get Hillary Benghazi Committee should have generated some level of contemplation as to his motive behind the committee. Surely, Gowdy experienced a minuscule flash of regarding political strategy in the appointment. No honest human being with average or above intelligence can state they did not for one second consider the political implications of the Committee and dragging the committee into the 2016 election year. When Gowdy tells us Hillary's name never came up as he talked with John Boehner demeans the credibility of the South Carolinian and smacks up against any form of logic. Of Course, Boehner wouldn't mention her name and if he did mention the name, Gowdy wouldn't honestly share such.

After a week or two of suffering through frank comments from three fellow Republicans about the mission of the Benghazi Committee, Gowdy poured salt on his wounds in a most political manner.

Late last week Huma Abedin, longtime Clinton aide and former deputy chief of staff, sat for behind closed doors fielding questions from Gowdy's Committee. Gowdy wasn't even present for the grilling. He is reported to have flown off to Utah for a fundraiser. UTAH fundraiser?

The Politico piece delves into the whys of calling Abedin to testify before a select panel from the committee. Let's move to another realm of the get Hillary committee: committee members working to put a more positive face on the failing strategy. Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC, joined a panel with a member of the committee and abruptly challenged the member as he went about 'lock-step" rambling about the "real" purpose of the investigate body.
But, there is yet another episode that may have contributed to the Gowdy's "worst week ever." Gowdy has also stumbled into the crosshairs of the CIA.

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Gowdy accused Hillary Clinton of releasing the name of a classified CIA informant in her email, saying that her email server contained “some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.” 
This has been found to be patently false. Gowdy has been exposed for altering documents and distorting information in order to make Clinton look culpable – except none of that information was classified, as stated in this sharp letter issued by Cummings:
The problem with your accusation—as with so many others during this investigation—is that you failed to check your facts before you made it, and the CIA has now informed the Select Committee that you were wrong. I believe your accusations were irresponsible, and I believe you owe the Secretary an immediate apology.    
Contrary to your claims, the CIA yesterday informed both the Republican and Democratic staffs of the Select Committee that they do not consider the information you highlighted in your letter to be classified.  Specifically, the CIA confirmed that “the State Department consulted with the CIA on this production, the CIA reviewed these documents, and the CIA made no redactions to protect classified information.”  
To further inflate your claim, you placed your own redactions over the name of the individual with the words, “redacted due to sources and methods.” To be clear, these redactions were not made, and these words were not added, by any agency of the federal government responsible for enforcing classification guidelines.

Unfortunately, you sent your letter on October 7 without checking first with the CIA. Now that we have done so, we have learned that your accusations were incorrect.
Not only has Gowdy been found leading his committee on a partisan crusade, he’s been fabricating evidence and openly lying about the contents of Clinton’s email server.
For more on Gowdy nascent committee problems, Yahoo News published a great quick-read piece on the issue.

It seems Gowdy's committee is stumbling and fumbling, creaking and leaking, politicking and misrepresenting through the most wasteful congressional investigatory activity in US History. As we watch the miscarriage of Justice and waste of our tax dollars, I am reminded of a group of people who perform similarly (without sound). 


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Benghazi Part Deux (Your GOP)

It appears Kevin McCarthy's admission about the GOP Benghazi Committee is ow showing at the roots.

Within the hour we published a CNN "quick hit" regarding revelations of an investigator fired by the Committee LiberalLand just published a piece which is the perfect followup to our post.


Ex-Staffer Says Benghazi Committee Politically Motivated

A former military staffer with the House panel investigating Benghazi!! says the purpose of the committee is to target Hillary Clinton. Major Bradley Podliska, an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve who describes himself as a conservative Republican, told CNN that the committee trained its sights almost exclusively on Clinton after the revelation last March…

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Conservative Media Channels Benghazi Committee Lies To Conservative Gen X and Boby Boomer Viewers

Earlier today GOP Benghazi Committee Chair (and GOP congressional anti-Hillary) operative, Trey Gowdy, joined the crew of Morning Joe for a bit of "foot-in-mouth" clean-up. "Foot-in-Mouth?" Yes, Kevin McCarthy's frank and uncensored remarks about GOP strategy against Democrat Party presidential Hillary Clinton.

As you can image Scarborough and Gowdy's mission was another version of facilitation commonly deployed via Fox News.  In fact, McCarthy has also appeared on Fox News with a similar story. Let's visit a moment with Scarborough and Gowdy's "Mr. Clean" attempt to GOP-plain his party's strategy.


“You and I both like Kevin very much, he’s a great guy,” host Joe Scarborough said. “I can’t imagine how angry I would be if I were in your position, working nonstop to bring credibility to what I consider to be a very important investigation, and then a guy who I consider a friend and ally undercut you this way.”

“Well, he is a friend, but my first reaction is, ‘Kevin, you’re wrong,’” Gowdy said. “When Speaker [John Boehner] called me, he never mentioned Secretary Clinton’s name. In fact, we’ve had three public hearings, Joe. I never mentioned her name.”
Wait a minute, is right-wing dogma so critical MSNBC facilitates Gowdy's comments? Of course, Boehner would never mention Hillary's name. Gowdy is a former prosecutor and a learned attorney, surely he knows educated readers can see through the early morning "plaining."  Moreover, if Boehner had mentioned Clinton, are we to believe Gowdy would speak honestly on camera.  

Therein lies the problem with what six media conglomerates serve up as news. During the initial comment with Hannity, McCarthy mentioned "trust." How much gall does it take to stand on camera with Fox News's number three demagogue and spew comments that clearly denotes mistrust of the GOP. How much trust should we place in Scarborough's mission in helping to "GOP-plains" McCarthy's words? 

Scarborough's mission message when coupled with a constant drum of similar McCarthy GOP-plaining reaches their intended audience: Gen X (ers) and Baby Boomers. Millennials exist with news viewing habits opposite that of the Boomer. Pew Research published a piece in June 2015, that delineated the media viewing habits of Millennials from the habits of Gen X (ers) and Baby Boomers.

Generational definitions (March 2014)
The Generations Defined

JUNE 1, 2015

How Millennials’ political news habits differ from those of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers

Here are five key takeaways from the report:
1. Millennials rely on Facebook for their news far more than any other source. About six-in-ten online Millennials (61%) report getting political news on Facebook in a given week. Baby Boomers’ political media habits, on the other hand, are strongly rooted in local TV: A majority of them (60%) say they turn there for political news. Millennials’ relatively low reliance on local TV (37% watch political news there in a given week) almost mirrors Baby Boomers’ low reliance on Facebook (39%). Gen Xers bridge the gap, with about equal portions of online adults in this generation getting political news from Facebook (51%) and local TV (46%).
Pews four additional points are linked below, but let's take a look at graphics from the June piece. It is a critical read if you value the significance of how a population (millennials) that votes less in years past isn't a target of our increasingly conservative news networks.  

News Sources, Millennials, Baby Boomers  Trust and Distrust of News Sources

Millennials, Awareness of News Sources 

Pew linked here

Conglomerate preferences for a conservative news slant drives short-term revenue gains while, ignoring growing changes in the significance of the Millennial vote.

The Gen X and Boomer vote is as reliable as the 24-hour clock.  Fox News delivers minds in the millions to Ruppert Murdoch's socially regressive empire via energizing people who literally view supposed news as a matter of learned behavior and preference.  Millennials do not appear to share new viewing habits with Gen X (ers) through the Silent Generation.

N Niche illustrates our point. While Millenials are more apt to participate in the coming general election, they tend to grab what news they absorb via social media. 

Scarborough and other media broadcast of Gowdy's efforts to "plain" Mcarthy's words are delivered with an expectation of "trust" in the minds of network or show viewers.  An easy preach for a congregation of viewer sycophants. It doesn't take much effort to find "trust" regarding McCarthy, Gowdy and the GOP et al is a convenient facade among those inclined to believe.  Gowdy's record while chairing the Benghazi Committee is laden with mistrust and subterfuge. The Daily Kos has published a Fact Sheet authored by Democrats on the Benghazi Committee. The Fact sheet is a bit of a read, but as we consistently state, information wards-off the dangers of Republicanism.