The CPAC 2013 Benghazi panel discussion inspired harsh criticism of the mainstream media's coverage of the 9/11 terror attack. One panelist, Roger Noriega, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, echoed the thoughts of many who have been paying attention when he declared, "...Journalism is dead."
Gather.com covered the discussion which took place after rousing speeches by Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. It was titled, "Benghazi and Its Aftermath: U.S. Middle East and Southwest Asia Policy," and reviewed many of the still-looming questions unaddressed by the mainstream media. An appreciative shout-out was, however, given to CBS reporter Sheryl Atkinson, one of the rare few in the mainstream media who has dared to engage in actual journalism with regard to Benghazi.
As an aside, Atkinson also reported on the failed gun-walking scheme known as "Fast & Furious." At the time, (and reminiscent of the treatment given to Bob Woodward), Atkinson told talk show host Laura Ingraham, "The guy from the White House on Friday night literally screamed at me and cussed at me." It is no wonder journalists are hesitant to ask the Obama Administration tough questions.
It is established that extremely basic questions continue to go unanswered regarding Benghazi. Many of them were covered by the panelists at CPAC 2013, including:
- Why was Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi in the first place?
- No documented directives from President Obama have been released. Do they exist?
- Where are the killers?
The mainstream media additionally has no curiosity regarding:
- the whereabouts of the Benghazi survivors;
- how it is possible that the consulate was not secured in the wake of the attack (allowing valuable evidence to be destroyed);
- whose blood was found on a toilet and on the walls in the compound?
Washington Guardian Editor, John Solomon, discussed the culture of journalism in today's world of social media where stories must be "tweeted" first, and lamented that there has been a "great exodus of brain trust," where reporters with decades of experience in "military intelligence matters" have been leaving the industry. The above questions only scratch the surface. There continue to be more questions than answers, six months after the attack.
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