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I'm telling you Chris, there's something going on with Benghazi, Hillary Clinton and all of those guys!  You have to believe me!
Very well but according to what the Washington Post reported, there have been No "Stand Down" Orders, No Evidence Clinton Spoken to Panetta that Night and they gave you four Pinocchios for Falsehood.  How do you respond to that sir?
Yes, it is true, Chris Wallace on his show on Fox News has done what David Gregory fails to do on Meet the Press: Question Darrell Issa like strong, ethical reporters are supposed to be doing.

Sure, it is true Wallace by working for Fox News is serving Roger Ailes, Rupert Murdoch and a dishonest, bias news station but just think about it: David Gregory had Darrell Issa on Meet the Press on MSNBC NUMEROUS times in the past and seldom or never bothers to call Issa out on his lies and be more transparent.

Of course, Wallace is the son of the late and great Mike Wallace from 60 Minutes so he's learned from his father very well about going for the truth, even if he's been at fault at times in the past on Fox News.

Below the fold is Chris Wallace questioning Darrell Issa on the truth on Benghazi.  Love how Darrell Issa always tries to "sweet talk" his way out of arguments he knows he won't be able to win with facts.


Chris Wallace:  But the Washington Post fact checkers cited that the bipartisan report you mentioned, the Senate Intelligence Committee that there were no stand down orders and there’s also no evidence that Clinton ever spoke to Leon, Leon Panetta, then-Defense Secretary that night and for the second time, they (Washington Post) gave you four Pinocchios, which is their highest level of falsehood.  How do you respond to that sir?

Darrell Issa: "Well, first of all, the first one was for quoting something that was somebody else's report, uh, believing that it was true, which is an unusual way to get four Pinocchios.  But in this case, the Secretary of State was responsible for this normalization proh-policy that existed in Benghazi.  Witnesses have told us that they asked for help.  The President implied that he told Leon Panetta, then-Secretary of Defense, to use what effort they could and what we know for a fact is, not one aircraft, not one rescue of DoD was launched to get there in that 8 1/2 hours.

Chris Wallace:  But to be honest, you not have any evidence that Secretary Clinton told Leon Panetta to stand down.

Darrell Issa:  Well, the use of answering questions in a political fundraiser, that was in response to a question.  The term "stand down" was not use in some sort of explicit way but rather the failure to react, the fact that only State Department assets and only assets inside the country were ever used, that members of the Armed Forces, gun carrying, trained people, were not allowed to get on the aircraft to go and attempt to rescue.  Those kinds of things, through State Department resources, represent a stand down, not maybe on the technical terms of "stand down solider" but on what the American people believe is, a failure to respond when they could have.

In the video, Chris Wallace then proceeds to mention on Fox News that Darrell Issa will call IRS's former Lois Lerner, YET AGAIN, to testify on the IRS investigation.

Man, can you understand this Issa man?  We sure can't.

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  •  Chris got balls! (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, Mostserene1, antooo

    Making his dad proud.  Now, go get a job with a REAL news organization. (I dunno, Reuters, or Al Jazeera, maybe?)

    "Takes more than guns to kill a man" Joe Hill

    by sajiocity on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 12:26:38 PM PST

    •  I see very little journalistic integrity there... (4+ / 0-)

      Wallace asked a question and then let Issa rambleout his bullshit without so much as a follow up--and in the end giving him a nice little tug job on the IRS "scandal" hearings.  No cookies from me.  

      It's all a Communist PLOT!

      by quiet in NC on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 12:40:57 PM PST

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      •  Well, actually, Chris Wallace did do a follow up (6+ / 0-)

        Go back up to my diary and watch the video carefully:

        Darrell Issa: "Well, first of all, the first one was for quoting something that was somebody else's report, uh, believing that it was true, which is an unusual way to get four Pinocchios.  But in this case, the Secretary of State was responsible for this normalization proh-policy that existed in Benghazi.  Witnesses have told us that they asked for help.  The President implied that he told Leon Panetta, then-Secretary of Defense, to use what effort they could and what we know for a fact is, not one aircraft, not one rescue of DoD was launched to get there in that 8 1/2 hours.

        Chris Wallace:  But to be honest, you not have any evidence that Secretary Clinton told Leon Panetta to stand down.

        On the contrary, Chris Wallace is doing everything by the book in journalism.  He's simply trying to get Darrell Issa to be clear and transparent although some journalists may seek the truth differently.  Journalism didn't originally start with Edward Murrow.
        •  No, but ERM sure did show the world how it (0+ / 0-)

          should be done.  Since he was there at the dawn of TV journalism, he practiced what they should be preaching in J schools today. Sadly, it's not happening or the bouffant blonds with phony boobs and their Ken-like friends can't hear because of the botox in their ears.

          "Takes more than guns to kill a man" Joe Hill

          by sajiocity on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 10:09:45 AM PST

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          •  Yes, Murrow was effective at journalism (0+ / 0-)

            And to your argument, yes, he did show how journalism was done.

            On the other hand, going back to Chris Wallace, I've been clear in this diary that I don't give him a pass as I believe he's taken a pass at a number of opportunities to do serious questioning.  However, when he does it, he does it good.

            Similarly, at the height of the government shutdown (I believe it was this although I have to look back at the video), Wallace was hounding House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for not being transparent and he did everything right in proper journalism playbook.

            Chris Wallace clearly knows how to do journalism, certainly better than Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity do but again, he's got the constraints of Fox News to deal with as well.

            And you know, it just occurred to me: Why doesn't Chris Wallace leave Fox News and moderate Meet the Press?  He'd be a better choice for David Gregory although I'm sure a number of people disagree with this thought.

      •  I would agree. Chris is more like an ace reliever. (0+ / 0-)

        He's brought in when the other side is asserting successfully that there is "no evidence", it's already out there and starting to do some damage. Chris comes in and also asserts aggressively that there is no evidence, in a very fair and balancy way, but the bottom line is it ends up being an ideal forum for Issa to push back on things that are otherwise starting to do some damage.

        The other side has the bases loaded with nobody out and the cleanup hitter is coming to bat. Let's put our mild-mannered starting pitcher in a relief role once in a while where he can use that killer spitball that nobody sees or would even suspect that he has.  Gotta get that out!

        The next time a Fox follower hears someone assert "no evidence" it's like oh yeah, they told me you would say that.  I'm not listening to that!

        Chris gets to feel like he's employing integrity, but in the end the dirty work is done. It must suck to work for Fox. Doubt he could go anywhere else at this point though.

        We'll eventually realize just how much we're all in this together. Let's keep trying to act like it now.

        by Steven wonders on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 05:40:58 PM PST

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    •  More like he's channeling the old man... n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, sajiocity

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 01:07:39 PM PST

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  •  wow! (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, Mostserene1, poco

    Chris Wallace had better watch his back. That's exactly the thought I had when Michael Connell was breaking ranks and preparing to serve up Karl Rove and company. If Chris Wallace thinks he is above being held accountable by the powerful, he had better think again. And Darrell Issa could not be a more dangerous or asinine opponent.

    In fact, I had better watch my back too.

  •  Issa's circumlocution is an admission that he lied (13+ / 0-)

    After a year of digging through dirt to get all the facts on Benghazi, Issa claims in the video that "I have my suspicions, which is, Secretary Clinton told Leon to 'Stand Down' . . ."

    When confronted, he replies:

    'The term "stand down" was not use in some sort of explicit way but rather the failure to react . . .[continuing through five lines of padding and evasion]'
    Translation: I made up that smear.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 12:29:00 PM PST

  •  who knew that the SoS (4+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, skohayes, poco, novapsyche

    had the authority to tell the Sec of Defense what to do, and what not to do.

    Hmmm.


    "Legalizing pot won't make more pot-smokers. It will just make fewer criminals. - Me

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 01:41:34 PM PST

  •  Issa the pissa. (0+ / 0-)
  •  The Truth (0+ / 0-)

    All we want is to know what happened and why.

    Four Americans were slaughtered, was it necessary?

    The Administration blamed a video seemingly while knowing it wasn't true.

    Issa sees political paydirt.

    All the crap on both sides needs to end.

    And, does anyone in the government bear any responsibility or blame.

    •  We know what happened (0+ / 0-)

      Was it necessary? A better question would be could it have been prevented? The answer is probably not. The ambassador was well aware of the danger and insisted on going to Benghazi anyway.
      The administration blamed it on terrorists, and have since the day after the attack. There's no doubt that video was creating protests across the ME. To assume protests were started in Benghazi for the same reason would be a natural conclusion.
      The person who bears the most blame would be the ambassador thinking he was safe in an unstable country town, 4 hours away from help.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 02:51:32 PM PST

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    •  Excuse me Move, but.... (2+ / 0-)
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      poco, anon004

      terrorist acts happen.  Usually during Republican regimes, but they do happen.  And it is highly unlikely that we can prevent them.  Embassies are targets, and regardless how well bunkered they are, the employees are fairly easy targets.  

      Moreover, in the midst and immediate aftermath of a terrorist act, it is pure chaos and demanding answers immediately is NOT HELPFUL.  These incidents need to be thoroughly investigated.

      Perhaps you should question the 8 or 9 embassy attacks during W's regime, or even 9/11.  When you are done determining the ground truth of those incidents, then we can discuss Benghazi.

      •  Immediate (0+ / 0-)

        It has been and a half years - not exactly immediate.

        And we still don't know what happened because stonewalling on the left, and grandstanding on the right.

        And, 9/11 was one of the most thoroughly investigated events in history.  

        Our countrymen are dead under unclear circumstances.  The Administration blamed a video, which is open to question.  Issa has run a circus.

        Why should cleanly investigating why our people died be subject to Issa's games or becoming a punchline about Fox News by those on the left?

        We owe it to the dead to learn the truth without it being more about politics than what really happened.

  •  Isn't that EXACTLY what they hung Susan Rice for? (3+ / 0-)
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    [...] quoting something that was somebody else's report, uh, believing that it was true [...]
    Unbelievable.

    Religion: America's Largest Protected Class.

    by here4tehbeer on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 02:33:16 PM PST

  •  Chris Wallace Is A Hard Core Right Winger. (0+ / 0-)

    So what ever he is up to is no good.

    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 06:16:25 PM PST

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