Dan Gainor to Fox’s Megyn Kelly: Blame Hillary Clinton for Benghazi Media Cover-Up

During a Fox News Benghazi report, MRC Vice President for Business and Culture Dan Gainor argued that the media covered-up Benghazi news out of adoration for Hillary Clinton.

Speaking with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on May 9, Gainor argued that the media have “been doing this throughout, this is sort of continuation of their policy to minimize a scandal that makes Hillary Clinton look really bad.” He continued to say, “The why is, she’s running for election in 2016, and the media have always loved Hillary.”

Gainor cited a NewsBusters article during his appearance to exemplify media coverage: “One of my coworkers did a tally this morning and they did something like a 7 times more coverage of the two of the Arias trial and what’s going on in Cleveland than they did on this case.” Gainor called out “The Washington Post’s” Dana Milbank and “The New York Times,” but commended CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson on Benghazi reports.

Attkisson, under fire for her Benghazi reports, allegedly faces an early termination at CBS. Gainor commented, “That’s disturbing that news coverage gets dismissed when it’s inconvenient for the administration,” and later stated, “That’s sort of the opposite of the way journalism usually works. When you sink your teeth into a story, editors say, you know, keep going.”

Kelly and Gainor discussed “The Washington Post’s” Kaitlin Dewey tweet, where she accused Benghazi tweeters consisting of “rich, middle-aged men and Chick-fil-A lovers.” Gainor noted, “It’s almost like the code words for ways that they hate the right. It’s a racial code words, you know, you like Chick-fil-a, ‘Oh my god, that must make you a bigot.’ It is just so dismissive in 140 characters of raising questions in the situation where the first time we lost an ambassador, had an ambassador killed, since 1979. Ordinarily, journalists would actually care about such things.”

Gainor compared the coverage to an advertisement and concluded, “Well, if you wanted to minimize what happened here… you repeat it endlessly and the American public will believe it. I mean, we saw that even on Jon Stewart last night, Jon Stewart devoted more time last night 8 and half minutes than we saw on all three morning shows on the networks running cover for this. That is the message. It’s the message of 2016.” 

Katie Yoder
Katie Yoder
Katie Yoder is Associate Culture Editor, the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow at Media Research Center