Open thread: Benghazi hearing in House Oversight Committee

posted at 11:21 am on May 8, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Expect lots of whistles to be blowing, and lots of questions to be asked, at least by Republicans on the House Oversight Committee when the hearing on Benghazi starts at 11:30 ET.  The Democrats on the panel might be more inclined to offer speeches rather than questions to the three whistleblowers offering testimony today, and those speeches will probably focus on berating Republicans for turning this into some kind of partisan attack on Hillary Clinton, rather than a focus on how an American administration could have possibly missed the vulnerability of a lightly-protected consulate in what had become Terrorist Central in North Africa, thanks in no small part to earlier American intervention in Libya.

Greg Gutfeld warns that regardless of the answers, the questions will become irrelevant if the media decides to ignore it:

If the media decides it isn’t interested in the hearing, the Obama administration will not be held accountable for the Benghazi casualties, he said during his monologue on Tuesday’s episode of Fox News Channel’s “The Five.”

“As three key witnesses are about to testify regarding the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, one question remains — who the hell cares?” Gutfeld said. “I mean really, it happened such a long time ago and what difference does it make? Which leads me to another question, what kind of story merits examination?”

“The thing is Benghazi isn’t complex; it’s very simple,” he continued. “People needed help on 9/11. They were denied. Four people died. The government falsely blamed a video. You can’t get any easier than that. That’s Scandal 101. Even Howie Kurtz could follow it, and he is an idiot. Especially compared with other massive scandals — Watergate: people lied, no one died,. Benghazi: the president chilled after people were killed. Wouldn’t that merit hard hitting reporting on par with Watergate?”

But Gutfeld predicted that since Obama is not a Republican, the scandal could ring hollow since the media seem to be invested in the president’s performance.

CBS NewsSharyl Attkisson has been doggedly reporting on the story, and reported this morning that the witnesses will contradict the Obama administration’s narrative:

Will they give Attkisson more than 52 seconds to report on the findings? We’ll see.  Usually the rule is if it bleeds, it leads, but that certainly didn’t prove to be the case with the Kermit Gosnell trial.  I mentioned that to Terry Jeffrey of CNS News in this interview just before he took his seat this morning in the hearing room, and Jeffrey agrees that the media silence in this case has been a disgrace:

CNS News and Jeffrey have certainly been all over the story.  Here are just a few links that will help with preparation for today’s hearing:

I’ll keep my eyes open for embeddable live video of the hearing, but C-SPAN will be covering it live.

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…hang the beyotch!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Not watching. Going to read the transcript and watch later.

Too depressing.

DTTS on May 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I wonder if Hillary will testify or if she will suddenly develop a headache and call in sick.

I want to see her at these hearings, in those goofy glasses, pounding her chubby little fists on the table and screaming, “What difference does it make?!?!?!?”

UltimateBob on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Of course it will be ignored. Killary could admit that she personally executed the two SEAL’s with a machete and the leftist media jackalopes would report only that her outfit was fabulous and WOW those glasses really accentuate her stunning cheekbones.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

…tie JugEars testies around her neck!…and let Carney pull them!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:24 AM

But Gutfeld predicted that since Obama is not a Republican, the scandal could ring hollow since the media seem to be invested in the president’s performance

…seem?…SEEM?

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

In the meantime, CNN has non-stop coverage of the Cleveland kidnapping story. Four dead Americans and the administrative cover up that included lies and revisionist history? Nah… nothing to see here. Remember the good old days when presidents resigned over the cover up of a botched office break in?

TheLoudTalker on May 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Nothing to see here…just a contentious hearing that is just a political witch hunt
-lsm

The low information voter will never know

Despicable

Save Hillary!

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Gonna watch it on house.gov and reading here…

http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/benghazi-exposing-failure-and-recognizing-courage/

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Watergate: people lied, no one died,. Benghazi: the president chilled after people were killed.

Great line. Gutfeld rocks.

UltimateBob on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Sharyl Attkisson and CBS are at odds on renewing her upcoming contract…no one knows why.

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

And away goes FOX:

“Fox News Alert: Awaiting Amanda Berry live statement at 11:30 AM”

journeymike on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

verbaluce will make complete fool of self, again.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

When will the FBI track down those responsible for the attack on Benghazi and “bring them to justice”..? It’s been so long ago.

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

MSNBC is already labeling it a “non-story”. As much as I want obozo and hill to be held accountable for their inactions, I don’t think it will happen. Such a sad state our once great nation is in.

Xyz22 on May 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I do have it running, and recording, but probably won’t have hands free enough to comment.
Look forward to others’ insights.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

MSNBC is already labeling it a “non-story”. As much as I want obozo and hill to be held accountable for their inactions, I don’t think it will happen. Such a sad state our once great nation is in.

Xyz22 on May 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

That’s ok. MSNBC is a non-network.

Doughboy on May 8, 2013 at 11:31 AM

CSPAN3, here.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Lib talking heads being real snarky not liking that they have report this…love showing Hillarys video yelling back

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Ditto!!

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

And so quick to blame a video no one had seen. Smells like a set up to me.

rbj on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Will the State Run Media cover the Cleveland horror as a “local crime story”..?

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

CSPAN3, here.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Same here. And I can’t believe what I’m seeing. We actually have cameras in the room. And they don’t all say FoxNews on them.

Doughboy on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Either we are a nation of laws or we are not…

… From ‘Fast and Furious’, Obowmacare being passed in the middle of the night, to ‘Stand Down’ orders being given while brave Americans were fighting for their lives in Benghazi, what Obowma and his Administration has done to this Country is criminal.

If the media and those responsible go unpunished, then may the “Laws of Unintended Consequences” be especially unkind…

Seven Percent Solution on May 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:32 AM

My stupid cable Co won’t carry CS3 I asked and asked won’t carry Beck either :-(

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

They love saying ‘he maintains’

They don’t believe what these guys are going to say already…writing them off as just disgruntled employees

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

What’s left of the American media is on trial today…

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Forget the hearing let’s show Amanda berry come home instead

Squirrel!

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Dang all I got on house.gov is a static pic!

Are they late starting?

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

My stupid cable Co won’t carry CS3 I asked and asked won’t carry Beck either :-(

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Just stream it online on CSPAN3. That’s how I’m watching it.

Doughboy on May 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

2X Popcorn….. check
Extra butter .. check
Garlic salt … check

petefrt on May 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

cool! ty!

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Dang all I got on house.gov is a static pic!

Are they late starting?

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I’m using your link and it’s working fine for me.

lynncgb on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Operation Protect Hillary will now commence

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

MSNBC is already labeling it a “non-story”. As much as I want obozo and hill to be held accountable for their inactions, I don’t think it will happen. Such a sad state our once great nation is in.

The LSM will do its utmost to see that Barry and Shrillery come out of this as little damaged as possible, since its a wholly owned media subsidiary of the dems filled with fellow travelers.

It isn’t a news worth story until Barry tells ‘em its a news worthy story.

hawkeye54 on May 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Watergate: people lied, no one died,. Benghazi: the president chilled after people were killed.

Bumper sticker worthy. But I personally perfer something along the lines of Stevens Died and Obama lied.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Issa intro-ing, atm … sounding great .. “we’re hear to get answers”

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Thanks Doughboy {hugs} my mind not working lol… :-)

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Greg Gutfeld warns that regardless of the answers, the questions will become irrelevant if the media decides to ignore it:

That, and the questions will be irrelevant if the GOP grandstands rather than seeks the truth.

I hope they just ask the questions and let them answer. Otherwise, the MSM will just turn the entire thing into a circus.

BacaDog on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

C-Span radio. Click upper right hand side to listen.

http://www.c-span.org/Schedules/C-SPAN-Radio-Schedule/

toliver on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

It seems Fox is having the hearing on now.

Please r’s, don’t grandstand, let those talking hang bho/hill/team!
The d’s will be in full cya mode on bho/hill/team me thinks.
L

letget on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Why is this on CSPAN 3 and not on CSPAN 1 ??? Guess CSPAN are Hillary 2016 networks…

Y314K on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Anyone else having a problem opening the CSPAN link?

Buy Danish on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Issa laying out state obstruction to congressional investigation…

Good Start for LIV who haven’t been following the inquiry

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Poor bayam and nobrain…

bengazi is a political witchhunt by a congressman trying to make a name for himself

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 5:42 PM

People need to grow up and stop assuming that there’s always a cover up or government incompetence involved.

bayam on May 1, 2013 at 5:16 PM

yeah, they were wrong about it being a youtube video that sparked it. ok, thats not a crime. we have more pressing issues to deal with.

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 6:08 PM

No one cares about Benghazi in the context of American ventures in that part of the world over the past decade.

Why doesn’t anyone on the right demand investigations that explore the failed war strategy in Iraq that’s ultimately descending into another era of chaos where terrorists thrive? Thousands of lives and trillions of dollars lost is suddenly less important than the death of a few Americans in Libya?

bayam on May 1, 2013 at 4:42 PM

what does that have to do with the witchhunt?

nonpartisan on May 1, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Resist We Much on May 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Obama’s bombing of an Aspirin Factory in Western Samoa should commence any moment now.

portlandon on May 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Watergate…Nixon: “I a not a crook!”

Benghazigate: Obama: “Screw them! I’m going to Vegas!”

Impeach him.

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

CSPAN3 online working fine.

pambi on May 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Obama’s bombing of an Aspirin Factory in Western Samoa should commence any moment now.

portlandon on May 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Baby milk factory.

tom daschle concerned on May 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

What’s left of the American media is on trial today…

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

That’s why I think this may not go as smoothly for the rat-eared coward as he thinks. At some point the media is going have to start reporting on all of this or look ridiculous.

If the testimony today includes some bombshells and the media decide to concentrate on Chris Christie’s lab band surgery then they will have lost all credibility. The question is if that tipping point will be reached in today’s testimony.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Way back, long ago, when this Benghazi thing happened…really long long ago…and Obama and Hillary both said they took full responsibility for the events of Benghazi….

Well…

Why are both avoiding responsibility?

Nothing.

But…the whistle blowers are being blamed…not credible witnesses is the current meme from State.

And the attorneys for the whistle blowers are not being granted appropriate clearances by the Administration…

And all the rest…

Nothing having to do with taking responsibility.

But, the Left…all about jailing people and ruining careers and families for one misspoken word or one mistake…so long as it is a conservative who is being flayed alive…

I wish we had members of Congress with stones…

Keep hammering. Make them grow stones.

coldwarrior on May 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Issa is laying out the stonewalling by the administration and the minority on the committee remained silent…asks Rep Cummings for his cooperation.

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Buy Danish on May 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

working fine on line

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Chris Tingles is now reporting that at least 2 of the 3 mystery witnesses had tea at breakfast this morning and so their testimony should be suspect; I can’t help but agree.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Hope media will be FORCED to cover this, but I am sure obfuscation will rule the day…

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Can someone shut Cummings up?

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

C-SPAN will be covering it live

Yeah, but most low info voters will be tuned into their TIVO, so they can watch ‘The View’ or ‘Dancing with Stars’.

You know, the important stuff.

GarandFan on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I like Rep. Issa. He seems like a good man.

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I do too, but he/they kinda flunked of F&F…

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I’m really looking forward to hearing these three words a whole lot in the coming weeks and months:

Impeach and remove.

Bruno Strozek on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Is rep. cummings drunk or just dyslexia ??? Does he need a teleprompter ???

Y314K on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I’m so glad there is a mute button I can use for all the slimy Dimocrat Obamapologists on the committee.

Meople on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

dyslexic

Y314K on May 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Cummings is asking all the right stuff, let him talk…

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Can someone shut Cummings up?

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Amen.

Just ask them the questions and let’s hear the answers. I could care less what that idiot Cummings has to say.

BacaDog on May 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Yeah, You’re right.

The problem is, coming up with something so striking that it gains the attention of the low info voters. Like, perhaps, putting Sean Smith’s Mom on the stand, and have her blame Sec. Pants Suit in fron of God and everybody.

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Cummings is asking all the right stuff, let him talk…

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Maybe…But he also couldn’t resist the partisan nature of the committee investigation…

So we’ll see…

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Cummings already calling them liars before they even testify.

BacaDog on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm maybe not… O-0

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Msdnc only focusing on Amanda Berry

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Nice start by Issa…attacking the integrity of Cummings.
And we’re off!

verbaluce on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

He and the commie do nothing tax and spend Democrats will have all of the blink reasons for not doing shit for these guys.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

is there still a mystery witness to speak?

Forgive me, but Cummings started out good not so much now…

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

rep. cummins… Obama told me it couldn’t be done… End of story… LOL

Y314K on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

My ears need cleaning! :-)

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

“I am questioning the motives of those who want to use the testimony of these witnesses for political reasons…” – Cummings

B*tchslap him Issa.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Cummings is basically trying to preemptively label every allegation and accusation we’re about to hear from the whistleblowers as BS.

Doughboy on May 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Switched to fox

What a loud mouth

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Rep Cummings says Dempsey has already testified that the military assets could not reach Benghazi in time…he is now attacking Issa for making accusations for political reasons…but of course he is not questioning the witnesses reasons for testifying.

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Co thug .

Time will come for the judgment on these evil ones.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I’m really looking forward to hearing these three words a whole lot in the coming weeks and months:

Impeach and remove.

Bruno Strozek on May 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Would be a dream come true.

I’m looking forward to the entire State-Run media regurgitating the same thing. Does a dead ambassador and 3 other Americans along with a huge cover-up RISE to the level of impeachment? Sure they did all these things, but does it RISE to the level of impeachment?

That is if they report on it at all, which they may not. They may just pull another Gosnell and black it out entirely. Was that racist?

Meople on May 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Issa is champing at the bit over what Cummings is saying…

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

4 Pinnochios…4 Pinnochios…

STFU Cummings

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

The most significant question “why was Amb. Stevens in Benghazi on the anniv. of 9/11?”

If this question is not asked, all is for nada. Therein lies the truth. MO for all major embassies is for the ambassador to be in the bunker of the main embassy, which is Tripoli.

Why was he in Benghazi, officially and unofficially?

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

As Dem apologist Cummings works hard at whitewashing Hillary, CNN and MSNBC focusing on Cleveland, Ohio, and Amanda Berry’s statement.

Breaking News.

marybel on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Cummings, talk about no class, wow.

rightmind on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

What an idiot

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Could this gasbag get any louder?

tru2tx on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

verbaluce on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

So…you are glad that nothing was done to save those 4 brave Americans, huh?

It is evident to everyone around here that you are plainly on the side of those murderous barbaric jihadists.

Or, perhaps, just like your dear leader, you are fine with ignoring Americans in peril for the sake of political expediency.

You and Scooter remind me of the sniveling mayor in the original Red Dawn, appeasing the invaders, in an attempt to maintain power and save his own arse.

You and your Manchurian President disgust me.

kingsjester on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I wonder who wrote Rep Cummings’ statement..?

d1carter on May 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Nice start by Issa…attacking the integrity of Cummings.
And we’re off!

verbaluce on May 8, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Cummings has proven time and time again he has absolutely NO integrity. So no problem here.

Meople on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Forgive me, but Cummings started out good not so much now…

Scrumpy on May 8, 2013 at 11:49 AM

They know this is a big deal. Covering obambi’s ass will be hard work.

VegasRick on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Cummings tremendously respects the witnesses he is about to smear.

aquaviva on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Cummungs is testifying in advance of the testimony.

ExpressoBold on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

This are the diplomatic officials on the ground asshat…

Y314K on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

If this dole out the dole nut job was on live TV doing a armed robbery and shooting the store clerk he would be re-elected as an honored Democrat to the House.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Yepper Marybel

They’ve got their squirrel

cmsinaz on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

I have tremendous respect for evidence…but your testimony doesn’t matter…so shutup – Cummings

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Shorter Cummings:

What difference will it make to hear this testimony? We already have a report that says everything is just fine.

BobMbx on May 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

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