Confessions of a Former Hillary Hater

Posted By on October 23, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretaries of State Henry A. Kissinger, James A. Baker, III, Madeleine K. Albright, and Colin L. Powell at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the U.S. Diplomacy Center at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on September 3, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the U.S. Diplomacy Center at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on September 3, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

I spent the entire day of October 22, 2015 watching former Secretary Clinton testify in front of the Select Committee on Benghazi. It seemed like a good way to recover from oral surgery—a long dull day for a long dull pain. Instead, I watched in near disbelief as the Republican members of the committee launched what can only be described as a targeted and nasty political prosecution of Mrs. Clinton. In essence, I lost a tooth and my long-held respect for the GOP and Fox News.

I switched to Fox  back in 2007, when it was clear that CNN and MSNBC were in the tank for then Senator Obama. Their support for him was shameless, but their attacks on Clinton were petty and malicious. I decided that I didn’t want to get my news from people whose legs tingled at the sight of Barrack Obama. So, I switched to Fox, and for awhile I did think they were fair and balanced, at least in their delivery of the hard news. But a couple of years ago, I noticed that the anchors, especially the morning crew at Fox and Friends, were starting to sound like they worked for the Republican Party. That’s especially true for Steve Doocy and Elizabeth Hasselbeck. I swear I thought I saw Doocy ringing his hands cackling with glee as he told the morning audience how the FBI was investigating Mrs. Clinton. Not only was it unprofessional, it was kind of creepy. And I’m surprised Hasselbeck didn’t wet herself when she announced Mrs. Clinton’s unfavorable numbers were climbing. Yawn. Just give me the news.

Even though the aggravation with the obvious political bent continued to visit me when watching the morning news on Fox, I was sure that over all the picture they painted about what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was an accurate and fair portrayal. I trusted Fox’s journalistic integrity. What a sucker I was.

After watching the hearing in its entirety I can say with certainty that Secretary Clinton did not mishandle the response to the attack nor the aftermath. While it is true that security requests were denied, they weren’t denied by her, but the department responsible for security for diplomats. However, it is clear from the cables between Ambassador Stevens and Secretary Clinton that had he known what danger awaited him, he had full access to her and could could have asked her directly. He didn’t, because he was a consummate agency professional, and that’s not how it works in grownup government.

I also listened to the GOP members attack the Secretary because she supposedly said a video caused the attack. I listened to the same rhetoric from the talking heads over at Fox News for the last three years. So, when I heard the truth, it took me a moment to realize it. Critical thinkers will recognize the logical fallacy right away. The Secretary said some had used the video to justify the attack. Since when are the terms justify and caused interchangeable? Yet the ranting and raving anchors over at Fox News seem to think justify means caused. How is this possible? And even worse, how are they convincing millions of viewers that the terms mean the same thing?

Perhaps the dumbest claim of all by Fox News and the GOP inquisitors is that Mrs. Clinton knew it was a terrorist attack that night because she told her daughter as much in an email. This is not a “gotcha” moment. Of course they thought it was a terrorist attack, because a terrorist group had taken credit for it. Please Fox, get a grip.  It’s wrong to tear someone apart with half-truths and outright lies because your political allies don’t want to run against her.

Now, I’m not going to automatically vote for Mrs. Clinton. I have some real concerns about her domestic policies–her support for the terrorist group Black Lives Matter, her willingness to accept homosexuality as normal and healthy, her assertion  that she believes in one person one vote. It’s one  American, one vote, Madam Secretary. However, I’d like to hear more about her proposal to give tax incentives to corporations that make their employees shareholders. This has some practical applications in the rural community. I’d also like to know what she would do to guard against the anti-science crowd who would rather live in huts and eat worms than consume safe food grown with modern science.

Then there’s the matter of the vicious War on Women waged by crazed Islamists. How many women in the Middle East were stoned to death while Mrs. Clinton was the Secretary of State? What did she do to stop female genital mutilation by ignorant religious zealots? How did she help make the world safer for women and children? I have questions for Mrs. Clinton, to be sure. But even if I don’t vote for her, I won’t allow the childish rhetoric of the classless and clueless anchors at Fox News or the Republican Party to shape my respect for her presidency if she wins.

Perhaps what ticked me off the most about Fox News’s coverage is that when it became apparent that the narrative they’ve been pushing at the behest of the GOP was falling apart, they dropped the live coverage and switched over to that afternoon stooge fest they call The Five. Kudos to CNN for staying with it. I’m done with Fox News. I’ve discovered Al Jazeera America and RFD TV, both of which deliver superior news and programming, especially when compared to Fox News. I may stop by CNN now and then. Maybe they have managed to gain control of their liberal bias. Maybe.

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