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Media still deflecting for Obama’s IRS & Benghazi messes.

Obama a new Nixon? Oh, get serious.
By [Washington Post] Editorial Board, May 16, 2013
STANDING BEFORE reporters Thursday, President Obama declined an invitation to compare the recent scandals weighing down his administration with those that forced President Nixon to resign in 1974. So allow us to do the work for him: There is no comparison.

Admittedly I’m a little late on this but, not one week had passed between the IRS story breaking and The Post declaration that “there is no comparison” to Richard Nixon. How do they know? It would have been reasonable for the Post to write that it’s too early to draw conclusions, but to declare “no” in paragraph one stinks of deflection.

The reason we know what Nixon did is because reporters engaged in more than just one week of relentless investigation before drawing conclusions. That The Post asks its readers to “get serious” implies that they have no intention to release a new generation of Woodward and Bernstein to investigate with the same passion as did the dynamic duo during Watergate.

Add to this that in the same editorial they define Benghazi as strictly partisan — “Republicans in Congress” — by linking to their editorial from last November. Since November? Really, November? One would think the editors would care about all the new revelations since. A few jaw-droppers included: Gregory Hicks was ordered not to speak with Congressional investigators; that he spoke with Sec. Clinton the night of the attack; that the supposed YouTube-inspired “spontaneous protest” repeatedly cited by Susan Rice and Sec. Clinton was, according to Hicks, a “non-event” in Libya.

Glenn Kessler of this same newspaper just issued President Obama four “Pinocchios” for his spin attempts after the attack, yet the editors seem ready to move on to other “serious business.” Are four dead Americans not “serious business”? The editors might mind reporters being spied on by Justice, but apparently not mind being lied to by State.