As for the other story of the past month: as to the media’s discovery that Obama is untruthful, we conservatives are adamantly unshocked.
Observing the left’s confusion about the emperor’s lack of clothes is perhaps a clarifying moment. Liberal journalists who until now had covered for Barack Obama, rationalized his failures, explained away his misrepresentations, and believed in his integrity seem shaken. The “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” vow was so clearly a blatant lie that even the Praetorian Guard of White House correspondents is reporting on it accurately.
Since the armor now has sunlight streaming through it, perhaps the fifth estate will re-examine other pivotal moments of the Obama years girded with their newly acquired skepticism.
Start with Benghazi. “60 Minutes” has revisited the story. It’s more than a year late, but come on in, the water’s fine. There were so many lies told about Benghazi that investigative reporters could be kept busy for years tracking them all. The president of the United States maintained for two weeks after the attack that he couldn’t possibly say whether it was terrorism or not, though the CIA acknowledged that it knew within hours that the attack was planned and coordinated. President Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton blamed the attack on an Internet video that “insulted the Prophet,” so as to avoid criticism for failing to provide security and to prevent the press from interpreting the Benghazi attack as a refutation of Obama’s claim that al-Qaida was essentially defeated. Those were not shadings of the truth or diplomatic doublespeak. They were lies.
The president also claimed that he ordered that everything possible be done to save the Americans who were under attack. Yet no one has ever seen such an order. The press hasn’t bothered to ask for evidence of it. Perhaps they trusted his word. Do they still? Are they not curious about why the administration did nothing to come to the aid of Americans under fire? Beyond the lies, that is a scandalous breach of trust, as is the president’s promise — uttered with campaign-inflected intensity — to find the people who killed four Americans “because one of the things that I’ve said throughout my presidency is when folks mess with Americans, we go after them.”
It’s been 14 months. Is this government incompetence or another lie? Someone should ask.
Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist.