Friday, Jul 25, 2014
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Perseverance pays


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Like manna from heaven, the administration keeps on providing material that leads to more embarrassment for itself.

This is almost pitiful, as the beleaguered Jay Carney tries to extricate himself from the fairy tales he has been feeding the White House press corps.

The press corps is now beginning to raise questions that it should have raised months ago but did not. Now they are getting somewhat miffed at Mr. Carney for his outright untruths.

Bad move on his part because the press does not like to be lied too. Now formerly friendly, shall we say, news agencies are beginning to ask hard questions, and in the case of ABC News, their reporter was given the 12 revisions to the Benghazi talking points that Carney claimed the White House made only one “minor” edit to.

This should not be looked on as gloating because it is serious business when the government deliberately misleads the American people. Regardless of what party does it, as we know from experience, the truth has a way of eventually surfacing.

As my dear mother would often tell me, a lie has short legs so you better tell the truth. Forget why it was done; that is conjecture until somebody plainly admits why it was done.

We know from an email from the State Department spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, that there was concern that the Congress would use info originally supplied against the agency and further that leadership at State did not like some of the talking point iterations. 

So they were scrubbed 12 times to arrive at what the administration would OK. On the night of the attack on Benghazi, from the outset it was known to be a terrorist attack and not some spontaneous outbreak over some video that almost no one has seen. However, someone in the administration made the conscious decision to not tell what the CIA and other intelligence people had determined.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the story to family members that it was because of a video their loved ones had been killed.

That kind of deliberate misdirection cannot be tolerated by a free society because that is the action of dictatorships and banana republics.

We are neither, and the press has a duty and, even more, a responsibility to hold government accountable.

When government acts like that, it exemplifies what our Founding Fathers warned about as the tyranny of government. That is why the Constitution places restraints on the government and only gives it limited power.

The American people must demand that the government be open and honest with the people or there will be no freedom left.


Len Tria, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill and is a former Hernando County commissioner.

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