Sure, the New York Times first published Monday night’s bombshell report about the secret email account used by Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State. Hurrah, the media published a scandal about a Democrat. The Times, though, did not uproot this scandal. Like four other major White House scandals, if Americans were foolish enough to depend solely on the American media to investigate this Obama White House, we would know nothing about these emails.
Although Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State for four years and is almost certain to run for president next year; although reports indicate she used this secret account for years generating tens of thousands of pages of emails; although the media has the bandwidth to burn Ferguson with lies, hunt a White Hispanic with lies, investigate Republican Governor Scott Walker’s college years and legal jewelry purchases made by Jeb Bush’s wife two decades ago — it was not the media that found Hillary’s secret email account.
The existence of Mrs. Clinton’s personal email account was discovered by a House committee investigating the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi as it sought correspondence between Mrs. Clinton and her aides about the attack.
The irony here is almost too delicious to comprehend.
Not only did the media fail, over 4 full years, to discover the only email account Hillary Clinton used as Secretary of State, this same worthless, partisan media has spent 4 full years alternately mocking, ignoring, and dismissing as Old News! the ongoing Republican investigation into the fatal September 11th anniversary attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
If Republicans weren’t determined to discover the full truth about that fatal 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack — a scandal the media actively helped President Obama cover-up until he was safely re-elected — Americans would never know about Hillary’s secret email account. And neither would a media that did have the time to find a rock Rick Perry knew nothing about and a half-century old haircut.
Yep, while the media was laughing at Trey Gowdy as another right-wing Benghazitard, he was doing the job the media refuses to do.
Here are the four other major Obama White House scandals the media did not discover:
Verizon? Nope, not our guys. That was the Brits over at The Guardian.
IRS? Nope, not our guys. The IRS broke their own scandal with a planted question.
The Justice Department’s seizure of Associated Press phone records? Nope, not our guys. Believe it or not, the Associated Press didn’t even break that story. Like the IRS, we only found out because the Justice Department outted itself in a letter notifying the AP of what it had done.
Benghazi? Are you kidding. With a couple of rare exceptions (Jake Tapper, Sharyl Attkisson) the media have spent the last eight months attacking those seeking the truth (Congress, Fox News)–not seeking the truth. It was the GOP congress that demanded the email exchanges concerning the shaping of the talking points, not the media.
The only exception to this massive, unforgivable media failure is CNN’s Drew Griffin, who broke the Veterans Administration scandal.
If you’re wondering why the media has done everything in its power to make the Benghazi investigation go away, this is why. Things the media refuse to dig into will be found. Things the media does not want found will be found.
If past is prologue, this latest Clinton scandal goes away as soon as the media can pretend a Republican engaged in overreach or a nobody GOP candidate in a flyover state commits a War On Women gaffe.
How’s this for frightening: Apparently, no one in the media ever said, “Gee, Hillary is running for president. I think I’ll go through her email archive as Secretary of State.”
But we know all about Columba Bush’s jewelry purchases from 1999.
Democrats sure got it good.
John Nolte on Twitter @NolteNC