Appearing on Tuesday night’s episode of “The O’Reilly Factor,” author and sports journalist Bernie Goldberg agreed with host Bill O’Reilly on a critique of some Republican opinion-makers in the media, saying he felt like President Barack Obama could cure cancer and they would still hate him.
As Obama’s bad week rolls on, O’Reilly has emerged as something of a magnanimous voice at the conservative network, landing on the administration’s side with regards to spying on The Associated Press and urging right-wing radio shows to back off “unsubstantiated charges” or risk drawing attention away from what he believes to be the real scandals, like Benghazi.
On the AP spying, Goldberg and O’Reilly diverged: “I think that is a scandal,” Goldberg said. “The point is that there are people on the left who will not acknowledge that Benghazi is a big story, and there are people on the right who, if Barack Obama came up with a cure for cancer, wouldn’t give him credit for it. And, by the way, I mean that literally.”
Unfortunately for Goldberg, the mainstream media has largely not treated the Republican narrative on Benghazi as credible, and on Tuesday CNN debunked the only major “scoop” in the investigation so far regarding the item that Republicans are crying scandal over: the administration’s talking points about the attack.
An email written by former Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes was cited by ABC News last Friday as proof the administration’s talking points were changed to protect the president’s political interests. However, CNN reported Tuesday that the email was mischaracterized, and Rhodes’ communication indicated nothing of the sort.
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