Mainstream Media Finally gets a Point on the Scandal Breaking Scoreboard
Last week, Breitbart’s John Nolte made the observation that “four major scandals have broken over the Obama administration, and…mainstream media are not responsible for breaking even a single one.”
He closed with this succinct summary of the situation:
During the Bush years, it was the New York Times, Washington Post and Sy Hersh breaking story after story after story about the White House. And yes, some of that reporting was–ahem –overreach, but at least Power knew it was being watched; our democracy was safe because an overzealous media is what you call a luxury problem.
Today, it is the complete opposite, and the result is an administration run amok.
Now, a new scandal has arisen, this one inside the State Department, and the mainstream media is finally on the ball. H/T to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, who notes CBS, NBC, and the New York Post have provided the key documentation and information for public consumption.
From CBS comes information that State Department agents, officials, and contractors were engaging in sexual assault, prostitution, and drug smuggling – among other illegal activities – on duty. The State Department’s Inspector General, from whence CBS’ information comes, notes that in 2011 an ambassador was suspected of ditching his security detail to “solicit” prostitutes. He was brought back to the U.S. to speak with the Undersecretary of State for Management, “but was allowed to return to his post.”
CBS’ report is in video form – if you’d like to see a written summary of what CBS discovered, head over to the New York Post’s website, where you can find details like this:
Investigators called the use of prostitutes by Clinton’s security agents “endemic.”
The liaisons with prostitutes allegedly occurred in the same hotel where Clinton slept, according to sources familiar with the incident.
But the agents involved got little more than a wrist-slap. Three were removed from the security detail, given one-day suspensions and reassigned.
“No further investigations have occurred regarding the remaining four, despite the possibility of counterintelligence issues,” says the memo.
According to the memo, members of the Special Investigations Division (SID) approached the agent who was probing “and reportedly told him to shut down the four investigations.”
The Post also provides names of suspected offenders and officials.
Over at NBC comes, among other things, news that the ambassador is claiming innocence:
A U.S. ambassador who allegedly became the target of an internal State Department investigation after being accused of prostitution and pedophilia denied any misconduct in a statement.
“I am angered and saddened by the baseless allegations that have appeared in the press,” the ambassador said, adding that to see his time in the country where he served “smeared is devastating.”
The ambassador, who has not been charged or convicted of a crime, is not being identified by NBC News.
Not to add another scandal to your plate, but there you go – looks like the Secret Service isn’t the only security detail looking to take a little break on duty. And whomever this ambassador is should be investigated ASAP and relieved of his duties while the investigation is going on.