It’s Not the Election, It’s the Administration in General
I thought one way to answer the post below is to comment that it’s not even really the press, but an Administration that’s focused on either spinning a narrative, or just naive enough to believe their own hype. Victor Davis Hanson:
The official administration reaction (cf. Jay Carney or Susan Rice) to these upheavals in the Middle East — that an obscure video that has been available on public media for weeks just happened to set off thousands of rioters on the anniversary of 9/11 in an area otherwise largely pro-American and not at all angry with the U.S., the White House, or American foreign policy or energized by a sense of American diffidence and decline — is becoming absurd. Do they grasp that in the upcoming days, no one — here or abroad — is going to believe their self-serving narrative of a sudden spontaneous reaction to a video by coincidence on 9/11?
There’s politics (for instance, picking on Romney for injecting current events into the political spectrum, while then doing it from the other side), and that’s just what happens two months before an election. But then there’s just believing what you want to believe.
There seems to be lingering confusion about the nature of the attack on the Benghazi consulate that cost four Americans their lives, including the first US Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, J. Christopher Stevens. UN Ambassador Susan Rice insisted on Fox News Sunday that the attack on the consulate on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 was a spontaneous demonstration that just “spun out of control.” Rice also doubled down on the administration’s claim that the violence is all about the video:
I really do wonder if the Obama Administration is in the MBA mode of, “eat your own dogfood.” You know, the only way you can know that the dogs like the food is to try it yourself. In this case, they perhaps doused it with a dash of waygu beef and some arrugula and made it palatable enough, and yet they’re wondering why the dogs still don’t like it.
I really do try not to be critical of someone who’s got more information than I do, but when they appear to be dismissing information, I wonder what they’re really using as a base for reality. Perhaps there’s a world-wide disinformation campaign focused on the US, and we’re just too smart to fall for it inside the government. That seems a little far-fetched at this point… even if they keep throwing the stick.