On Benghazi Ed Markey had the chance to be loyal Democratic politician or truth-seeker, he chose politician
Congressman Ed Markey is the Democratic candidate for the Special Election to fill the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. Markey is just a few points ahead of challenger Gabriel Gomez.
Markey has come under intense criticism for his first negative ad against Gomez, which depicted the former Navy pilot and SEAL with an overlay of Osama bin Laden, leading the Gomez campaign to demand that Markey take down the “despicable video.”
A tweet from Markey’s official, certified Twitter account on October 22, 2012, should generate as much if not more indignation. If it were up to Markey, we never would have known about how the Obama administration misled the public about the attack on the Benghazi consulate.
After the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack, there were growing concerns about Obama administration talking points that the attack resulted from a spontaneous protest over a movie about Mohammed. It was politically inconvenient to admit that Benghazi was a pre-planned al-Qaeda-related attack and that the Obama administration ignored warning signs.
Those concerns reverberated in the presidential campaign, and reached a crescendo in the days leading up to the third and final presidential debate on October 22, 2012.
The Romney campaign was hammering the cover-up, including the movie, the talking points and whether the military could have helped rescue the Americans. The cover-up was so central that on the day of the third debate – October 22, 2012 – left-wing and pro-Obama mainstream media launched a full-throttled defense of Obama and push-back against Romney:
- Rachel Maddow: Romney’s offensive on Benghazi unravels
- The Nation: Romney Campaign, Media Collude in Unprecedented Politicization of Benghazi Attack
- NY Times Opinion: Benghazi, Again
- Bill Moyers (citing Mother Jones): Pre-Factchecking Tonight’s Benghazi Talk
- Daily Kos: Romney: The Foreign Affairs Poser
- Media Matters: WSJ Columnist Claims Benghazi Cover-up, Same Day WSJ Debunks Claims of Benghazi Cover-up
- NBC’s Meet the Press: NYT Columnist Tom Friedman – Benghazi scandal an “utterly contrived story”
Chris Matthews even led off his pre-debate coverage by confronting a young onlooker, insisting that the consulate attack was over the movie:
Onlooker: ”[Romney] doesn’t cover up scandals in the Middle East…. [Obama] said there was a video it was not about the video.”
Matthews: “Yeah it was about the video, read the newspaper … Everybody knows it’s all about the video. It’s all about the video.”
Indeed, the lead-in to the very first question from Bob Schieffer framed how central concerns about misleading talking points were:
The first question, and it concerns Libya, the controversy over what happened there continues. Four Americans are dead, including an American ambassador. Questions remain. What happened? What caused it? Was it spontaneous?
Was it an intelligence failure? Was it a policy failure? Was there an attempt to mislead people about what really happened?
That is where Markey comes in.
Of all people, Markey should have been sensitive to the need to get to the truth. One of Markey’s constituents was killed in the attack, and Markey met the body upon return to the United States.
Markey faced a choice, play politician or truth seeker. Markey chose to play politician.
Markey tweeted that Romney’s concerns about Benghazi were a “bogus theory”:
[Note - on some browsers the tweet shows up as 9:34 p.m., but based on the sequence of Markey's tweets that night, we believe the correct time is 10:34 p.m. as shown on this screenshot.]
As we know, the concerns were not a “bogus theory.” That was just the loyal Democratic party line.
Due to the determination of Congressmen other than Markey, facts have been uncovered demonstrating that the Obama administration’s Benghazi Talking Points had been changed to obscure the truth, and whistleblowers are disputing the movie and protest talking points.
Even Bob Schieffer talks openly of a “cover-up.”
Even Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA), who was defeated by Markey in the primary, acknowledges the falsehoods:
Now it’s time for Ed Markey to fess up, apologize for calling Benghazi concerns “bogus,” and to put the truth about Benghazi ahead of being a loyal Democratic politician.