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Thursday, December 8, 2016

In the latest update on the “scandal” that just won’t quit, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) named Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a former federal prosecutor, to lead the select committee that will conduct yet another investigation into the supposed cover-up staged by the White House following the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

Republicans and Fox News have seized upon the opportunity to call newly released emails that say almost nothing new about the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks a “smoking gun,” and are clearly indignant that they are the only ones showing any outrage. This may be because these emails do not reveal anything that the White House hasn’t already admitted — that there was a communication breakdown and that they decided to move forward with an early intelligence assessment provided by the CIA.

Or perhaps, as Jon Stewart says, it may be because there have already been “a hundred network news stories, hundreds of cable news stories, 13 congressional hearings, 50 further congressional briefings, and 25,000 pages of findings” about Benghazi over the course of the past year and a half.

“Here’s the problem,” Stewart says of Fox News and the GOP. “You’re asking people to get angry over an intelligence failure…one intelligence failure,” while ignoring broader intelligence failures, like George W. Bush’s now infamous claim of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Stewart notes the lack of GOP outrage for that particular intelligence failure, emphasizing the partisanship of politicizing tragedies. Watch it below:

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