By Denise Tessier
Like a perfect storm, three stories piled upon one another day after day this past week, wrenching national media attention from bombings, sensational crime and gun laws — taking space that should be used to cover pressing issues, like student loan debt and the continuing paucity of jobs. I’m sticking with my original headline of Benghazi! Benghazi! But it could just as easily have read Investigate! Investigate!
I’m talking, of course, about:
- The continuing investigation into security at a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya (and apparently, even more important to Republican Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the administration’s talking points after its attack Sept. 11). A different Republican has called for a bipartisan Select Committee to further investigate.
- The Internal Revenue Service’s alleged targeting of conservative non-profits for extra scrutiny (my use of the word “alleged” will be explained later in this post). The Justice Department has ordered an investigation and heads have rolled.
- And last, but most significant, the revelation that the Justice Department seized telephone records at several offices of the Associated Press. “Calls grow for congressional investigation” (Albuquerque Journal subhead Wednesday, May 15).