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Media fail on Benghazi

Published: Friday, May 16, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It’s time the media stop hiding from Benghazi.

There’s an air of desperation in the way the administration and Democrats are pushing to end the Benghazi investigation. After 20 months and numerous other investigations, recent disclosures have shown a lack of transparency and, in its place, a stonewall that is increasingly familiar with this administration.

If the mainstream media cared, they’d have reported this long ago. Instead, their love affair with President Obama has kept them cheerfully quiet on anything unfavorable to the administration.

Their love affair with Obama has given the administration a sense of invulnerability. While the media’s help was certainly appreciated, it is also potentially harmful to those the media seeks to serve (in this case an administration and political party rather than the public). Feeling impervious to the light of day, it’s no surprise the administration has consistently overreached its authority.

When the media fail to stay above the fray, it increasingly chips away at an already limited amount of credibility.

Since the media seem unable to bring itself to consciously do its job, maybe they should pretend President Obama is a conservative rather than our historic first black president.

In that case, they can stop looking for the 326th angle on the Flight 370 story and actually cover the news.

Richard Rostron

Woodstock

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