Young Turks host Cenk Uygur angrily denounced Republicans and Fox News on Friday for continuing to paint the September 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya as a conspiracy.
“Why don’t we talk for eight years about the gross incompetence of the f*cking Republicans George g*ddamn W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They sit in f*cking Crawford for a month as they’re about to attack us,” Uygur said. “You got a memo that said, ‘[Osama] bin Ladin determined to attack inside the United States of America,’ you didn’t do anything about that. Three-thousand Americans died and you want to talk about Benghazi and four Americans, ‘Oh, and you changed it from ‘attacks’ to f*cking ‘demonstrations.’ F*ck you, move the f*ck on.”
The attack — which caused the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans — was reignited as a conservative talking point this week after the conservative group Judicial Watch released emails it said suggested that President Barack Obama’s administration misled the country for the sake of protecting both his re-election bid and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chance at a 2016 presidential campaign.
House Oversight Committee chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) subpoenaed current Secretary of State John Kerry following Judicial Watch’s report, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has vowed to convene a special committee to conduct its own investigation.
While acknowledging that the four deaths in the attack were tragic, Uygur criticized conservatives for ignoring Obama administration policies that have harmed and could harm a wider array of people, like the recent Federal Communications Commission proposals that activists have warned could endanger net neutrality, among others.
“They do warrantless spying on all of us, on 300 million Americans,” Uygur said. “They do drone strikes on people — they kill people — [and] they don’t even know who they are. They kill American citizens without due process. There’s a mountain of problems with the Obama administration.”
By comparison, Uygur said, Benghazi was “a tiny little f*cking thing” that the rest of the media had allowed Fox News to turn into a leading topic.
“Stop talking about what Fox News is talking about,” he said. “Have you f*cking not caught on? They do it on purpose.”
Watch Uygur’s commentary, as posted online on Friday, below.
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