Saturday, July 2, 2016

NRA swift-boats Clinton on Benghazi

The NRA (renamed the New Republican Advertisements) machine has produced a pricey ad implying that Hillary Clinton is responsible for the Benghazi attacks and the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens. The problem is that the pricier House investigation found no evidence for any charge against Clinton.

More than two years and $7 million later, the Republicans’ Benghazi panel has wrapped up the longest congressional investigation in the history of the United States, and it couldn’t avoid this lede in the New York Times.

Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House Select Committee on Benghazi issued its final report on Tuesday, finding no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead.

On top of that, the ad gets everything wrong.

So, what’s wrong with the ad? Just about everything. First, the New York Daily News reports on the problem of using a national cemetery as a prop in a campaign attack ad.

Federal government officials dismissed the ad, stating that the NRA never requested to film on the solemn, hallowed ground – and would have been rejected if it had.

“Partisan activities are prohibited on national cemetery grounds as they are not compatible with preserving the dignity and tranquility of the national cemeteries as national shrines,” the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, which maintains 134 national cemeteries, told The News in a statement.

Second, while the ad suggests Clinton was responsible for the attack in Benghazi, the star of the commercial is actually on record saying largely the opposite.

Third, just this week, the House Republicans’ own Benghazi report found no evidence – despite two years of investigating – that blames Clinton for the terrorism.

And finally, note that the ad features hundreds of cemetery tombstones, when the actual U.S. death toll in Benghazi was four people.

I don’t expect much from NRA attack ads, but this is low, even for the notorious gun group.

Wait for it. The ads against Clinton surely will reach new lows in character assassination. The NRA and other groups will continue swift-boating Clinton..

... this is everyday fare in the conservative media entertainment complex. GOP “big lie” propaganda thrives in an environment of ignorance, fear and hatred. This is just the beginning of the “Swift Boat” lies against Hillary Clinton.

The GOP propaganda machine has no choice but to engage in the politics of personal destruction because they have a deeply flawed presumptive nominee whom most Republicans agree is unfit to serve as president of the United States. And yet the GOP propaganda machine, the conservative media entertainment complex, is going to do everything they can to help elect this unfit buffoon president.

That's all the GOP and Trumpites can do. They have nothing to offer other than their endemic dishonesty.

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