COMMENTARY | If there is any rule about being interviewed by a member of the media, whether it’ s a local radio talk show host or a talking head of a major cable news network, it has to be never to call him “dude.” Yet Tommy Vietor did just that to Fox News’ Bret Baier.
“The previously unreleased White House emails this week revealed a coordinated attempt to protect President Barack Obama during the 2012 election campaign and place the blame for the terrorist attack on the anti-Islamic YouTube video and not a ‘broader failure of policy.’
“Baier pressed Vietor on his role in changing the talking points by adding a line about the administration warning the day before the attacks of “social media reports calling for demonstrations,” in order to bolster the false idea that the attack was the spontaneous result of a riot against the video. Vietor affirmed this, but when Baier asked him if he’d changed “attacks” to ‘demonstrations,’ he got amnesia.
“‘Dude, this was like two years ago,’ Vietor said. ‘We’re still talking about the most mundane process.’
“‘Dude,’ Baier sarcastically shot back, ‘it is the thing that everybody is talking about.'”
Clearly the former National Security Council spokesman is not very well spoken, especially when his back is to the wall. He is lucky he didn’t say that to Bill O’Reilly; the reaction would have been priceless television theater.
The Obama administration is clearly aghast that people are still irate about what happened is Benghazi 20 or so months ago. The president’s men clearly regard it as a “fifth rate massacre” to paraphrase a statement from the Watergate era. Their efforts to cover it up was just standard operational procedure and not, as might be imagined, something that people might go to jail for.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once blurted out, “What difference does it make?” Apparently a great deal. Stay tuned.