MSNBC Viewers Discover Benghazi…for the First Time

by Datechguy | May 9th, 2013

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MSNBC Viewers Discover Benghazi...for the First Time

Pseudo­lus: (to Hys­terium) Calm your­self down! I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic!

Miles Glo­rio­sus: (notic­ing the hour­glass) I smell mis­chief here!

Pseudo­lus: It’s time.

A Funny Thing Hap­pened on the Way to the Forum 1966

The Doc­tor:  They are ques­tion­ing pres­i­dent Obama, they are ask­ing him tough ques­tions on the Bombings!

Rory: So what’s wrong with, that isn’t that normal?

The Doc­tor: Is it Rory, IS it?

DaT­e­chGuy Blog: The Doc­tor, Obama & the Press Corps Sept 14th 2012

A few days ago I talked about how Morn­ing Joe was in dan­ger of los­ing me, today they gave a big rea­son for me to stay.

Dur­ing the first seg­ment which gets repeated in the 8:00 EST they cov­ered Beng­hazi and the look at the table was somber.

There was sim­ply no way to spin this as some­thing other than what it was although to his (dis)credit Richard Wolffe was giv­ing it his best shot and Scar­bor­ough was shoot­ing him down. When Lisa Myers said Hicks crit­ics like Cheryl Mill said he “not remem­ber­ing accu­rately” Joe imme­di­ately bluntly said he was being called a liar.

In the 7 AM hour after a very brief diver­sion to soda and health they went STRONG on Beng­hazi and Hicks’ tes­ti­mony. You could hear a pin drop on that set. David Gre­gory tried to spin and Wal­ter Isaac­son made a speech about won­der­ful it was that our sys­tem allows the truth to come out.

Mean­while Deutsch & Gre­gory then ran to if this is “sticky” for 2016 but Joe brought up 2012 pointed out it was all about keep­ing the nar­ra­tive before the elec­tion and Candy Crow­ley in the debate. Even Mika said there was no dis­put­ing the back­drop but she sug­gested it was no conspiracy.

Why does this mat­ter? Two things:

1. Morn­ing Joe is usu­ally where you go for the left’s talk­ing points for the day, that isn’t the case today.

2. The MSNBC viewer base has sim­ply not seen this argu­ment. As far as they are knew before today the Biggest vil­lains on Beng­hazi were the mak­ers of the worst film EVAH & Mitt Rom­ney and any­one who sug­gested oth­er­wise was part of a GOP con­spir­acy to bring down our beloved pres­i­dent before the elec­tion and their beloved Hillary after.

This is a story they never heard! As Stacy McCain put it

the only TV reporter not employed by Fox News who has treated the Beng­hazi cover-​up as a legit­i­mate story — Sharyl Attkisson of CBS — is being treated like an unpro­fes­sional pariah by her own net­work, while Chuck Todd of NBC News quite lit­er­ally laughs off crit­i­cism of the Obama administration’s han­dling of the Beng­hazi attacks.

Really, they out-​did them­selves on this one. Check out the “Don’t Bother to Read This Dull Story” head­line from the New York Times:

Offi­cial Offers Account From Libya of Beng­hazi Attack

Here’s another way you might head­line the story, if you actu­ally wanted to get read­ers to, y’know, read the story:

VIDEO: Beng­hazi Whistle­blower Gre­gory Hicks Describes
‘Sad­dest Phone Call’ That Ambas­sador Stevens Died

Unless you saw that tes­ti­mony — which was just one high­light of a six-​hour hear­ing that the major net­works did their best to ignore or dis­miss as mere pol­i­tics — you would have no rea­son to sus­pect how riv­et­ing it was, if all you saw was that bland New York Times headline.

For the pro­fes­sional left, this story on Morn­ing Joe is a dou­ble disaster.

In the short term it forces the MSMBC audi­ence to con­front the pos­si­bil­ity that their heroes Pres­i­dent Obama & Hillary Clin­ton left Amer­i­cans to die in Beng­hazi & lied about it for polit­i­cal rea­sons. It gives a story they have been able to dis­miss MSM cred­i­bil­ity, that’s bad.

In the long term it raises the pos­si­bil­ity that there is another story beyond the wall of silence. That there is a whole world of news they might be missing.

What hap­pens if those view­ers decide they want to see more. What hap­pens if they visit Viral reads live blog of the tes­ti­mony or Bryan Preston’s at PJ Media?? Or even worse what if they visit those sites the next day for news?

That’s worse!

The gate­keep­ers of the MSM can sur­vive the for­mer, it can’t sur­vive the latter.

Update: The real tell on today’s Morn­ing Joe

Update 2:Et-​Tu CBS?

CBS’s (Sharyl) Attkisson’s minute-​long report about the House Over­sight Committee’s lat­est hear­ing on the attack on Wednesday’s CBS This Morn­ing was actu­ally the first time since Novem­ber 23, 2012 that the jour­nal­ist reported about the story on air, accord­ing a search on Nexis.

Update 3: When Al Shaprton & Donny Deutsch agree with John Poder­hertz live on MSNBC you know the story has finally bro­ken through.

Update 4: Chuck Todd play­ing the Vast Right Wing Con­spir­acy Card paint­ing this as a series of 20 years of the GOP going after the Clin­tons before adding a dis­claimers at the end.

Morn­ing Joe must have been more dam­ag­ing that I thought.

I won­der how long it took the pro­fes­sional left to decide this was the best line to play?

Pseudolus: (to Hysterium) Calm yourself down! I’ll tell you when it’s time to panic!

Miles Gloriosus: (noticing the hourglass) I smell mischief here!

Pseudolus: It’s time.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966

The Doctor:  They are questioning president Obama, they are asking him tough questions on the Bombings!

Rory:  So what’s wrong with, that isn’t that normal?

The Doctor:  Is it Rory, IS it?

DaTechGuy Blog: The Doctor, Obama & the Press Corps Sept 14th 2012

A few days ago I talked about how Morning Joe was in danger of losing me, today they gave a big reason for me to stay.

During the first segment which gets repeated in the 8:00 EST they covered Benghazi and the look at the table was somber.

There was simply no way to spin this as something other than what it was although to his (dis)credit Richard Wolffe was giving it his best shot and Scarborough was shooting him down. When Lisa Myers said Hicks critics like Cheryl Mill said he “not remembering accurately” Joe immediately bluntly said he was being called a liar.

In the 7 AM hour after a very brief diversion to soda and health they went STRONG on Benghazi and Hicks’ testimony. You could hear a pin drop on that set. David Gregory tried to spin and Walter Isaacson made a speech about wonderful it was that our system allows the truth to come out.

Meanwhile Deutsch & Gregory then ran to if this is “sticky” for 2016 but Joe brought up 2012 pointed out it was all about keeping the narrative before the election and Candy Crowley in the debate. Even Mika said there was no disputing the backdrop but she suggested it was no conspiracy.

Why does this matter? Two things:

1. Morning Joe is usually where you go for the left’s talking points for the day, that isn’t the case today.

2. The MSNBC viewer base has simply not seen this argument. As far as they are knew before today the Biggest villains on Benghazi were the makers of the worst film EVAH & Mitt Romney and anyone who suggested otherwise was part of a GOP conspiracy to bring down our beloved president before the election and their beloved Hillary after.

This is a story they never heard! As Stacy McCain put it

the only TV reporter not employed by Fox News who has treated the Benghazi cover-up as a legitimate story — Sharyl Attkisson of CBS — is being treated like an unprofessional pariah by her own network, while Chuck Todd of NBC News quite literally laughs off criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attacks.

Really, they out-did themselves on this one. Check out the “Don’t Bother to Read This Dull Story” headline from the New York Times:

Official Offers Account From Libya of Benghazi Attack

Here’s another way you might headline the story, if you actually wanted to get readers to, y’know, read the story:

VIDEO: Benghazi Whistleblower Gregory Hicks Describes
‘Saddest Phone Call’ That Ambassador Stevens Died

Unless you saw that testimony — which was just one highlight of a six-hour hearing that the major networks did their best to ignore or dismiss as mere politics —  you would have no reason to suspect how riveting it was, if all you saw was that bland New York Times headline.

For the professional left, this story on Morning Joe is a double disaster.

In the short term it forces the MSMBC audience to confront the possibility that their heroes President Obama & Hillary Clinton left Americans to die in Benghazi & lied about it for political reasons. It gives a story they have been able to dismiss MSM credibility, that’s bad.

In the long term it raises the possibility that there is another story beyond the wall of silence. That there is a whole world of news they might be missing.

What happens if those viewers decide they want to see more. What happens if they visit Viral reads live blog of the testimony or Bryan Preston’s at PJ Media?? Or even worse what if they visit those sites the next day for news?

That’s worse!

The gatekeepers of the MSM can survive the former, it can’t survive the latter.

Update: The real tell on today’s Morning Joe

Update 2:Et-Tu CBS?

CBS’s (Sharyl) Attkisson’s minute-long report about the House Oversight Committee’s latest hearing on the attack on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning was actually the first time since November 23, 2012 that the journalist reported about the story on air, according a search on Nexis.

Update 3: When Al Shaprton & Donny Deutsch agree with John Poderhertz live on MSNBC you know the story has finally broken through.

Update 4: Chuck Todd playing the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Card painting this as a series of 20 years of the GOP going after the Clintons before adding a disclaimers at the end.

Morning Joe must have been more damaging that I thought.

I wonder how long it took the professional left to decide this was the best line to play?

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