Opinion/Editorial writer Ruth Marcus over at the Washington Post is suffering from a sort of mini identity crisis. Apparently poor little Ruth is under the mistaken impression that the role of the Fifth Column Treasonous Media is something other than to propagate the Democrat Party’s Marxist propaganda of the day. Little Ruthie has dared to ask the forbidden question, where is the accountability?
OPPS WAIT… That’s not what Ruth is doing at all. Ruth is engaging in intentionally dishonest misdirection.
In the narrative of every political scandal comes the accountability moment. New facts slow to a trickle, and the next, insistent demand becomes: Who is being held accountable? This is often a dumb question, asked for lack of a more fruitful topic and fueled by partisans more interested in point-scoring than in problem-fixing.
The better question is: What is the goal of accountability? A showy, timed-for-the-evening-news firing to demonstrate action and quiet the baying hounds? Or a change in personnel that will help clean up the mess at hand or send a cautionary message to deter future messes?
Consider the recent mess-o-rama. The botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate report that deemed the attack in Benghazi, Libya, preventable and raised questions about accountability, or lack thereof. The mounting problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Did you catch that… This is misdirection through equivocation. First Ruthie points to the Nuclear EPIC FAIL known as Obamacare, then to Benghazi, and then ties the recent rather minor scandals of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to those scandals by implying that they are events of equivalent standards. By doing this Ruthie sets the stage for the limelight to be shined on outgoing lame duck President Barack Obama, and Governor Chris Christie while casting Hillary Clintons role in Benghazi as all but invisible.
Ruthie goes even farther in her quest to sanitize Hillary Clintons role in the paragraph.
Yet the report, like previous investigations, offered no evidence that Clinton was aware of security concerns in Libya. Contrast the preparation for Obamacare, which was, or should have been, at the center of Sebelius’s concerns, with the issue of embassy security. That is certainly an important and tragically neglected topic, yet not one fair to tag Clinton with, given the array of issues on the secretarial plate.
Let me make this 100 percent perfectly clear. Their is absolutely no moral or ethical equivalence between Benghazi and Bridgegate. One is a failure on the level of criminal negligence that should have put Hillary Clinton behind bars for the rest of her life, while the other is a 100 percent media fabrication of a scandal.