How Fox Is Keeping The Benghazi Hoax Alive

Calls For Select Committee

Desperate to keep its Benghazi hoax alive, Fox News went into overdrive to promote Senate GOP calls for a select committee to investigate the 2012 attacks in Libya, an effort replete with debunked myths and conspiracy theories.

Alongside Republican Senators Lindsey Graham (SC) and Kelly Ayotte (NH), on April 9 Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) demanded a special select committee to answer the trio's so-called "unanswered questions" surrounding the Benghazi attacks.  

Right on cue, that evening Fox's Special Report dedicated over 15 minutes out of its hour-long program to the attacks, discussing Benghazi in a news segment, with a panel, and even hosting McCain himself to push debunked myths.

Several times in his interview with McCain, Baier pressed the senator on the need for a select committee to investigate, allowing the senator to claim, “In the Senate we've never done anything [on Benghazi] because of the Democrat majority, but obviously we wish that there had been a select committee”:

Later, Fox's On The Record provided Sen. Graham with a platform to continue the push for a select committee investigation. 

Of course, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence did investigate the Benghazi attacks, and its report dispelled many of the right-wing's favorite talking points, including the tired attack the Republican senators lobbed at former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell and former Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

On both Fox programs, the senators hyped the conspiracy theory -- one Fox itself has repeatedly pushed -- that Morell, for political purposes, didn't use an email from the CIA station chief in Libya stating that the attacks were not an escalation of protests over an anti-Islam video to delete those references from the talking points later used by Rice.

The Senate's own Benghazi report and congressional testimony have debunked the allegation: The CIA would not have based intelligence for talking points on the station chief's email, because “as a standard practice” the agency does “not base analysis on emails and other informal communications from the field.” And when Rice appeared on the Sunday news shows to provide information about the attacks, her talking points, provided by the CIA, represented the best assessment of the intelligence community at the time. Indeed, as the Senate report determined, many initial reports indicated that protests over an inflammatory video -- erupting across the Middle East at the time -- may have played a role in the attacks in Benghazi.

What's more, Morell's changes to the talking points are no mystery. As The Washington Post reported in May 2013, Morell edited the talking points as part of a standard process of inter-agency coordination and a determination that certain information needed to be excluded to protect ongoing terror investigations.

Fox, it appears, will jump at any opportunity to keep the Benghazi hoax alive, particularly if it involves pushing for another round of repetitive, costly investigations.