Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume on Sunday lashed out in anger after former Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) mocked conservatives’ obsession with Benghazi by comparing to conspiracy theories like aliens at Area 51 and the murder of Vince Foster.
During a panel segment on Fox News Sunday, Harman pointed out that recently-released emails about how the Obama administration prepared talking points after the Benghazi attack did not prove that there was a conspiracy to deceive the public.
“We didn’t have actionable intelligence about 9/11,” host Chris Wallace argued. “But that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
“No, it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, and I would call that an intelligence failure,” Harman agreed. “This was an intelligence failure, but it wasn’t a conspiracy.”
“And there aren’t aliens in Area 51, and Vice Foster wasn’t murdered,” she added in frustration. “And it’s time to move on, and focus on the real problems in Libya.”
“You’re right, there wasn’t a conspiracy in the United States to mount the Benghazi attack,” Hume shot back, raising his voice. “The question was, in the aftermath of the attack, when the administration sent its U.N. ambassador out to explain it to everybody — and she did so falsely — that there wasn’t a conspiracy to create the false talking points she used!”
“I’m talking about the talking points used on that programs on that day, which were monumentally misleading!” he exlcaimed. “And have since been shown to be false! And based on no intelligence of any consequence that we know of.”
“And my answer to that is, no there wasn’t a conspiracy,” Harman insisted.
“Well, how did it happen?” Hume shouted.
“My view is, having been around at the time, that this was not deliberately misleading,” Harman concluded.
Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast May 4, 2014.