In a way, I almost sympathize with CBS and "60 Minutes." Almost. Some 14 months later, the attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi is still an emotionally raw issue. In some ways, it should be. The attack on a U.S. compound in Libya claimed the lives of some exceptional citizens who volunteered to serve the United States in the most dangerous place imaginable. And I think most of us would agree that any time our diplomats are not protected from a terrorist attack, it is a failure of security measures and intelligence.
But after 14 months, we should be able to still mourn J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone S. Woods, and also look at what happened with some rationality. The attack was terrible, but Benghazi was just one of at least 157 attacks on our diplomatic facilities over a 15-year period, 9 of which resulted in U.S. fatalities, most of which you've forgotten because they were not covered hourly for 14 months on Fox News Channel. Of course, there should be an investigation of Benghazi -- and there have been many, by an independent panel and by congressional committees, none of which have found significant scandal or coverup. But compounding a tragedy, the attack on Benghazi has been cruelly politicized by Republicans eager for a second-term Obama scandal or to embarrass Hillary Clinton, and by Fox News Channel to pump up ratings.
Several times, the mainstream media, eager to show its toughness on Obama (and there are so many opportunities to do exactly that, from drones and illegal spying to the botched Obamacare website), has tried to kick the Lucy-like football that conservatives lay out for them, and every time they fall flat on their face, as if they were Charlie Brown. It started with this screw-up by ABC's Jon Karl, but now "60 Minutes" has been duped to a new low in Benghazi coverage:
NEW YORK -- Security officer Dylan Davies admitted this weekend that he lied to a superior in September 2012 about his whereabouts the night of the Benghazi attack. But Davies says his latest version of events, told on CBS' "60 Minutes" and in a new memoir, are true.