June 27, 2016

Fox’s Kevin Corke: Keystone Pipeline Turndown Took Far Longer Than Benghazi Committee Investigation

At Monday afternoon’s White House press briefing, Fox News reporter Kevin Corke asked Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz about the reasons for the White House’s reluctance to account for President Obama’s whereabouts and activities on the night of the September 2012 Benghazi attacks.

I am told that Schultz never genuinely answered Corke’s question. The video excerpt which follows shows that he instead went into a rant about the length of the House’s Benghazi investigation, which of course has gone as long as it has because of obstruction and stonewalling by the Obama administration and House Select Committee Democrats. After Schultz said his pathetic piece, Corke zinged him with the fact that it took President Barack Obama far longer than the length of time Congress has spent on Benghazi to hem, haw, and finally reject the Keystone Pipeline project.

Note at the end of the video that the assembled reporters laughed with Corke at his observation, and not at him:

Transcript (bolds are mine):

KEVIN CORKE, FOX NEWS: I want to ask you about what seems to be a bit of a standoff between the White House and the House Select Committee on Benghazi over whether the President should answer questions, a series of questions about the 2012 terrorist attack, that left four Americans dead.

We understand that counsel to the president Neil Eggleston, feels like the questions were inappropriate. I’m just wondering as an American why wouldn’t the President want to explain not just what was happening that night, where he was, what was happening directly as it relates to his evening, but also why not answer more specific questions about it in the interest of transparency?

SCHULTZ: Sure, Kevin. Today we looked this up, it is the 781st day of this committee. This is a committee that has gone on longer than the 9/11 Commission, than the committee designated to look at Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Iran Contra affair and Watergate.

CORKE: But not longer than the studying of the pipeline through Canada.

SCHULTZ: Kevin. [Laughter]

CORKE: I’m just saying. [Laughter]

Most of the rest of the press has usually been all too willing to relay complaints about the length of Republican congressional investigations, even though said length has very often been due to the Obama administration’s slow-walked cooperation or, in certain instances, non-cooperation. But the media is perfectly willing to let Obama administration delays slide.

Recall all of the items the administration had up for consideration during 2012 and 2014, particularly in connection with Obamacare and the environment, which it deliberately delayed until after the November elections in those years.

President Obama didn’t formally kill the Keystone Pipeline until November 6, 2015, more than 7 years (i.e., more than 2,555 days, Eric Schultz, or more than three times as long as the 781 days you cited as the length of the House Select Committee’s investigation) after TransCanada applied for a presidential permit.

Translating Corke: “Dude, I just knocked you on your rear end with a totally valid comparison — and the best immediate response you have is to say my name like you’re talking to a child? How weak.”

Well, at least the media apparatchiks in the White House press room understood the joke, and at some level understood the point Corke made.

Exit question: On the night of Benghazi, was Obama playing cards with someone, as Obama’s “former body man” Reggie Love said he did the night Osama Bin Laden was killed in May of 2011?

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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10 Comments

  1. Sorry, nit-picking again. It would be “you’re” where you state “say my name like YOUR talking to a child.” Or maybe you know he talks to a child, in which case it might be the possessive…

    It does sound like this stand-in is just another arrogant lefty talking to someone who dares question him. Par for the course.

    Comment by Hal Ericksen — June 28, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

  2. Thanks. I could swear I typed “you’re.” I think we see auto-correct really functioning as an auto-error generator.

    Comment by Tom — June 28, 2016 @ 3:14 pm

  3. after 7 million dollars for an investigation that was admittedly done to reduce Hillary’s poll numbers, well look like they failed on that too

    Comment by john — June 28, 2016 @ 3:24 pm

  4. and why would you want to build a pipeline that allows the Canadians to sell their oil to anyone but the USA? Right now we can buy that at a discount because we are their only customer.

    Comment by john — June 28, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

  5. I thought Hillary was inevitable. Maybe Hillary should check her email more often…just sayin’. But then we wouldn’t know about her email.

    Comment by Hal Ericksen — June 29, 2016 @ 12:35 am

  6. The purpose of auto-correct is to cast blame on something you are in no way responsible for…kinda like what liberals do.

    Comment by Hal Ericksen — June 29, 2016 @ 12:57 am

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  8. Well, yeah. :) Still weak proofreading, for which I’m responsible. Just a bad idea to put pressure on detecting things after entry. I can do without auto-correct, but don’t know how to keep it from functioning.

    Comment by Tom — June 29, 2016 @ 11:45 am

  9. Oh, man! I had no idea how harsh that sounded when I talked about casting blame! I meant it lightheartedly, and hope you took it that way. Looking back at it; Ouch! Sorry about that. Comparing you to liberals? NO! That is definitely NOT what I meant.

    Comment by Hal Ericksen — June 30, 2016 @ 12:29 am

  10. No big deal, but thanks for the consideration. Unlike libs, I’m not looking to be presumptively offended.

    Comment by Tom — June 30, 2016 @ 11:37 am

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