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Bogus Post-Election Mainstream Media 'Courage'

Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post fact-checker, awarded President Barack Obama "four Pinocchios" for his claim yesterday that he had described the Benghazi attacks as an "act of terrorism" immediately. 

Hooray.

I am not prepared to award the mainstream media points for credibility for acknowledging what was painfully obvious at the time. Their refusal to hold Obama accountable at the time contributed to the cover-up, which was designed to ensure his re-election. In fact, many journalists were active accomplices.

It's nice that Benghazi denialists like Sen. Dick Durbin will no longer be able to use the "four Pinocchios" line exclusively in the debate over Benghazi (Durbin uses it to describe the claim that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed communication denying needed security to the U.S. consulate Benghazi--a dubious rating by Kessler that obscures the fact that Clinton was, in fact, responsible.) 

But so what?

As Ann Althouse suggests, Kessler is likely evening out his scorecard to protect his damaged credibility. He only gave Susan Rice's five-show fib about a YouTube video two Pinocchios at the time. 

Not good enough.


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