CNN Says Gowdy Is Wrong (In Other Words, Calls Him A Liar)

treyCourtesy of Media Matters:

The House Select Committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), is criticizing CNN’s coverage of a former committee staffer’s claim that the panel’s work has become a “partisan investigation” that is “hyper focus[ed] on Hillary Clinton.”

The New York Times reported on October 10 that Bradley Podliska, a former investigator for Republican members of the committee who claims he was fired unlawfully, has accused the committee of focusing “primarily on the role of the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton” instead of conducting a comprehensive investigation into the September 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.

CNN covered Podliska’s claims in an October 11 interview on State of the Union, and in an October 10 article. has since updated its article to note that Gowdy has “criticized CNN’s reporting of Podliska’s claims” and complained that the network did not contact the Benghazi committee prior to airing Podliska’s “sensationalistic and fabulist claim.” CNN refuted Gowdy’s statement, saying, “Chairman Gowdy is wrong.”

Here is a snippet from a great article by James Fallows at the Atlantic:

It has taken mainstream journalism too long a time to catch up with the reality of the “Benghazi Committee,” run by Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina. (He is from our beloved Greenville, in fact.) The reality is that the Republican staff and majority of the committee have made it function as an oppo-research arm of the Republican National Committee, far more interested in whatever it might dig up about or against Hillary Clinton than any remaining mysteries on the four Americans killed in Benghazi.

Evidence to that effect has been mounting for months, and the case is comprehensively assembled in Sunday’s big NYT take-out. This story really is worth reading in detail. (Update: As is this analysis just now by the Atlantic’s own David Graham.)

Make sure and read the rest of his article. Very interesting stuff about leaks from the GOP etc.

The piquant aspect of this Times story is that the pattern it describes—a partisan-minded effort to find anything potentially damaging to Hillary Clinton, whether or not it has any connection to the Benghazi tragedy—got as far as it did largely through reliance on those old mainstream-media habits of mind. By instinct reporters treat a congressional investigative committee as presumptively legitimate; and when they receive leaks from informed committee sources, as obviously has happened for many months, they (we) are honor-bound to protect their sources’ identities.

But the good part of that old-school confidentiality commitment—making clear to our informants that we won’t ever give up their names—has shaded over into a cynically exploitable part.

I hope that little ferret Howdy Gowdy is getting a little worried just about now.

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9 Responses to CNN Says Gowdy Is Wrong (In Other Words, Calls Him A Liar)

  1. lindak1961 says:

    He should be worried, but probably isn’t. gopers haven’t been held accountable for their wrongdoings in a long time, so he probably thinks that he will weasel out of this mess that he created.

  2. irishgirl999 says:

    Since they are dragging their feet waiting for 2016 to arrive, instead of investigating, they are creating gun clubs and “Wine Wednesdays:

    With the slow progress, members have engaged in social activities like a wine club nicknamed “Wine Wednesdays,” drinking from glasses imprinted with the words “Glacial Pace,” a dig at Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland and the committee’s ranking member, Major Podliska said. Mr. Cummings used the term to question the speed of the committee’s work.

    At one point, several Republican staff members formed a gun-buying club and discussed in the committee’s conference room the 9-millimeter Glock handguns they intended to buy and what type of monograms they would inscribe on them, Major Podliska said.

    As ericlewis0 says at Daily Kos, it appears they are even celebrating their “glacial pace”:

  3. irishgirl999 says:

    The Republicans’ Incompetence Caucus

    This is a must read.

    Really, have we ever seen bumbling on this scale, people at once so cynical and so naïve, so willfully ignorant in using levers of power to produce some tangible if incremental good? These insurgents can’t even acknowledge democracy’s legitimacy — if you can’t persuade a majority of your colleagues, maybe you should accept their position. You might be wrong!

    People who don’t accept democracy will be bad at conversation. They won’t respect tradition, institutions or precedent. These figures are masters at destruction but incompetent at construction.

    These insurgents are incompetent at governing and unwilling to be governed. But they are not a spontaneous growth. It took a thousand small betrayals of conservatism to get to the dysfunction we see all around.

    • MrsGunka says:

      ….These insurgents are incompetent at governing and unwilling to be governed.

      This sentence IS the Tea Party in a nutshell (a nutshell the squirrels didn’t get!) They have methodically tried to destroy our government…….the glue that keeps us safe and sane. The glue that is to protect us from harm and failure. The glue that has kept us safe from those that want to control us and make us slaves to their insanity. Falsely put in charge of taking down our safety net by reaping monetary gain through bribery by the puppet masters to rule our country. The curtain has been pulled back to expose what they are doing. The wolves guarding the chicken house. They are incompetent of governing and unwilling to be governed!

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