COMMENTARY | When I heard the Eleanor Clift claimed that Ambassador Chris Stevens had not been murdered but “died of smoke inhalation” the first thought that occurred was wonderment that she is actually still around.
Compounding the wonderment, Clift said this on The McLaughlin Group and was rebutted by none other than Pat Buchanan. It was a surprise that venerable shouting and screaming panel show is still on the air, though to be sure it is on PBS. It is as if the 1980s had never ended. Did Clift blame Benghazi on President Reagan?
Clift, who also trotted out the anti-Mohammed video spin that even the Obama administration has long ago dropped, has been saying alarming things for decades, even before there was an Internet or even cable news to amplify them. This business of Stevens dying of something that Clift seems to think was unrelated to the terrorist attack tops any rant she ever made during the Reagan era. Next thing you know, we’ll be told that President Kennedy, Booby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King all died of lead poisoning
It is an unfortunate tendency, especially on the left, for people on TV chat shows to say outrageous things to get attention. To be fair to Clift, she sometimes seems decorous compared to some of the more modern lefty ranters. At least, so far as anyone knows, she has not called Sarah Palin a rude name meaning lady parts.
Conservative TV talkers tend to be a little more sober and measured than their liberal counterparts. Compare, say, George Will or Charles Krauthammer to most liberals who happen to be on panels with them. Then one goes to righty free zones like MSNBC, and one gets the impression that one has tuned into an insane asylum rather than a cable news network.
Still it is good to see that Eleanor Clift is still ranting after all these years. She is not the only of her type, but she was one of the first.