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November 08, 2013 4:13 PM Supply Meets Demand on Benghazi!

By Ed Kilgore

As you may be aware, the recent Benghazi! story on 60 Minutes is unraveling so completely that the reporter who developed it is allowing as how she mistakenly relied on a “witness” who turned out to be anything but.

But how exactly did this happen? Well, Digby says pretty much everything there is to say about the missed opportunities to ask obvious questions, and the compromised relationship between CBS and its dubious, book-promoting “source.” And she even identifies a motive: the reporter, Lara Logan, has long expressed righteous anger that the killing of Ambassador Chris Stevens hasn’t been avenged. So Logan had a personal agenda that nicely merged with her personal interest in getting a big “scoop.”

In the way that these things tend to happen, Lara Logan brought the supply and Lindsey Graham brought the demand and a bill of goods were sold. Graham and other Republicans, of course, can now simply argue the dubious report “raised questions,” and that’s all they need for more wallowing in the “story.” An apology from their supplier isn’t enough.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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