Hume rips ‘remarkably reticent’ media on Benghazi

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On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume noted that the media have largely ignored recent revelations about the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya.

“One of the problems we’re having here is, that it has fallen to this news organization, Fox News and a couple others. to do all the heavy lifting on this story,” Hume said. “And the mainstream organs of the media that would be after this like a pack of hounds if this were a Republican president, have been remarkably reticent. And there has been some good reporting, but nothing like on the scale and to the degree of specificity that you would expect by now.”

“Normally, the big news organizations would have this thing out there,” he continued. “And we would know a lot more than we do about — about what the president did, what he knew, when he knew it, and what when he made what order he made and on what basis. We still don’t know that, and to some extent, a lot of the media who are a combined potent force have not done their job.”

Hume’s co-panelist, Joe Trippi, said the looming presidential election has led some to accelerate their demands for answers.

“I was going to say that — to Brit, that what I think’s going on is, look, this is how it works,” Trippi said. “You know, you have one or two news groups pushing a story like this. The opposition asks a lot of questions, too, and there’s a congressional investigation, a State Department investigation, and we find out the truth. The problem is it’s all — everybody wants to hurry up and find the truth out before the election.”

“Well, note this,” Hume responded. “On the morning after the testimony by the first witness who said on Capitol Hill under oath that this was a terrorist attack, The New York Times had zero about that,” Hume added. “There has been real reticence here on the part of major [media].”

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