On Saturday I watched a couple of hours of the House Benghazi committee interrogation of Hillary Clinton. I continue to be amazed at how foolishly Republicans continually shoot themselves in the foot. The hypocrisy and deceitfulness of the committee members was blatantly obvious. The Republicans clearly lost what should never have been a competition in the first place. It reminded me of the videos on YouTube in which the bully gets beaten up.
It is impossible for us to avoid being biased in the way we perceive reality and articulate our observations. As listeners, it is our responsibility to notice the bias of the speaker and seek the truth that lies behind the reporting. So I listen to PBS and NBC and find things I disagree with all the time. It is no big deal and it does nothing to discredit them.
But when I listen to the Far Right — Fox News, Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and so on — I find it impossible to perceive the truth because they so boldly and loudly emphasize their bias. When Trey Goudy in the hearing kept calling Sydney Blumenthal an advisor to Clinton, when it was perfectly obvious that he was not that at all, I can only hear Goudy’s bias, not any substance whatsoever in his stubborn distortions. What’s worse is that Goudy’s comments were pointless. There is nothing relevant to be learned from the numerous emails Blumenthal sent to Clinton.
When asked after the ridiculously long hearing what had been learned, Goudy could think of nothing to say except that one of the panel members had asked questions. What a fool he has made of himself and his committee!
Adding to the foolishness of it all is that the Republicans claim to be for limited government spending while being willing to invest over a million dollars on a meaningless witch hunt. Don’t the Republican leaders get the message? Even their own party hates what’s happening in Washington. The leaders are unbelievably deaf and it is Trump who benefits.
The career of newscaster Brian Williams was ruined and he was humiliated when he was caught in a harmless lie. Among Republicans, however, shamefulness seems to be a virtue.