Colbert, Stewart savage 60 Minutes, Fox, Lindsey Graham over faux Benghazi-gate snitch

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart both tackle 60 Minutes’ reporting on a faux Benghazi-gate whistleblower, Dylan Davies, who claimed to have been there when terrorists were attacking our consulate in Benghazi, Libya back in September of 2012. During that attack, Ambassador Chris Stephens died along with several others.

The only problem? 60 Minutes’ report was false, their eyewitness was a phony, and CBS’ publishing subsidiary (oh yes, CBS had a hidden financial interest in the story being true) had to pull the fake-snitches’ tell-all book.

Probably the most important thing from any of the clips is Colbert showing the 60 Minutes “apology” that aired this past Sunday.  The apology was shockingly weak tea.  Listen to what CBS actually said in their “meh culpa,” as Jon Stewart calls it:

“We end our broadcast tonight with a correction [Note from John: a “correction,” not an apology – correction suggests that one small fact was wrong, perhaps someone’s name was misspelled, or we got a date wrong] in a story we reported on October 27th… we realized we had been misled, and it had been a mistake to include him in our report. For that, we are very sorry.”

A mistake to “include him” in your report?  Your entire report was him.  If he wasn’t in the report, then you had no report.  So the mistake wasn’t including him in the report, the mistake was doing the report, period.

That’s like claiming that the only problem with the “balloon boy” hoax was including the balloon boy himself in the reporting, otherwise the story was grade-A news.

Colbert responds to the apology:

“Folks, I’m not buying this. CBS is good at journalism.  There’s only one logical explanation for what happened here: HILLARY CLINTON GOT TO THEM.”

Colbert then finds an eyewitness to the night that CBS apologized for the story.  It’s a well-known middle-aged, grey-haired, actor wearing a fake beard, pretending to be a college intern.  The segment is beyond hysterical.

Colbert then shows a clip of a Fox News anchor bragging how Fox News had the story before CBS, then a second anchor, speaking to Lindsey Graham, explains who the story is obviously true since now CBS is also reporting it. Colbert adds:

“Yes, another networked covered it. That’s how you know Fox News’ reporting is accurate. It’s just like their motto:”

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For those of us who missed 60 Minutes’ report, it’s fascinating to watch the small clips on both Stewart and Colbert. CBS was breathless in their reporting, and their supposed you-were-there eyewitness, Davies, even went into a softer voice while describing how he scaled the 12 foot consulate walls and attacked a terrorist with the butt of his rifle. Except he didn’t.

Colbert: “Of course, Fox News has been workin’ this story for a year, have definitively proven that tragedy something something something Hillary Clinton.”

Stewart: “What? If you cannot trust an international mercenary existing in the netherworld twixt assassin and bounty hunter, whose very livelihood is predicated on the flexible morality needed to survive in the case of lawlessness of failed nations, I mean, who can you trust? It’s like finding out Santa isn’t real.”

Stewart also takes a nice dig at GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham who has been holding up the nominations of every Obama administration official because of the supposed, and now-false, testimony of Dylan Davies.  Even though Davies has now been discredited, Graham continues to hold up the nominations.  It’s also rather amazing the degree to which Stewart now makes open hay of the fact that many people, myself included, think Lindsey Graham is gay. Stewart calls him Blanche DeGraham in this segment.

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29 Responses to “Colbert, Stewart savage 60 Minutes, Fox, Lindsey Graham over faux Benghazi-gate snitch”

  1. Dakotahgeo says:

    No disrespect to fuck wits per se, however.

  2. Dakotahgeo says:

    I’ve leave out the ‘oxy’ part!

  3. Dakotahgeo says:

    Linseed Graham… how proud the South must be… (GOOD GOD!!!).

  4. zorbear says:

    In the library with Col. Mustard…

  5. lynchie says:

    No Mr. fuddle brain is worse. The GOP put him on a pedestal and worship his looniness. W every one knew in both parties he was a fuck wit with no redeeming value.

  6. lynchie says:

    Every person appearing on the show as a interviewee will be suspect. The lie hangs like the corpse of Dan Rather around their necks.

  7. karmanot says:

    Davis: Joe the Plumber with piano wire.

  8. cole3244 says:

    hey sixty minutes oh i’m sorry fox light, how did you like the double dose of liberal beat down, myself i loved it, remember three sources is sop in journalism but then again cbs/fox and journalism are oxymoron’s now aren’t they.

  9. FLL says:

    Then someone please nominate Jon Stewart for his Lindsey Dubois/Blanche Dugraham character.

  10. karmanot says:

    Yep. I nominate the Raspberry Award

  11. BeccaM says:

    There ought to be television awards for this sort of thing.

    There are: Emmys and Peabodys.

  12. FLL says:

    The preprogrammed demagogues non-journalists at Fox News have been running this drivel for over a year, hoping that endless repetition would sway public opinion. I was expecting a little better from CBS News, like an apology where they actually take responsibility for this example of shoddy journalism. Their non-apology was painful to watch. According to their narrative, the people at CBS News didn’t fail to do their jobs as journalists, but instead were victimized. If anything, it seems as though those at CBS News feel that they’re entitled to an apology for being duped by an unscrupulous informant. They need to go back to journalism school. The only saving grace in the entire sorry performance was that the person speaking for CBS News said, “We made a mistake.” I suppose we should be grateful for small favors; if you ever expected Fox News to publicly admit making a mistake, you’d be waiting a very long time. Do you think I should be outraged at CBS News, just for fun? OK, here goes. Boycott CBS News! Oh, wait. That sounds overwrought and sophomoric, doesn’t it? After all, CBS News is just a news network on free TV. I don’t pay anything to watch; I just turn on the TV and watch it free of charge, so I can’t very well boycott CBS News. I think what I meant to say is change the channel.

    The highlight of these videos was Jon Stewart. In the public imagination, Lindsey Graham and Blanche Dubois will be forever and inextricably linked, thanks to the show-stopping performances of Jon Stewart as Lindsey Graham channeling Blanche Dubois. I saw a previous show during which Jon Stewart, portraying the hilarious, fluttery Southern belle version of Lindsey/Blanche, said, “Don’t judge me.” In this segment, Stewart outdoes himself. There ought to be television awards for this sort of thing.

  13. Phaerisee says:

    Lindsey reminds me of Eric in the roller skating episode of that 70’s Show.

  14. BeccaM says:

    I’d imagine his response would look like this–

  15. Drew2u says:

    Off topic regarding C.Christie: he got 1.2m votes out of ~5.5m votes, or roughly 22% of the electorate. 8.8m people live in NJ, so Christie’s voting block represents 14% of the total population.
    He seems like a very angry man, so I wonder when someone will ask him, “So Mr. Christie, you won the governorship on only 14% of the population of your state. What will you do to address the concerns of the 86% [alt: “vast majority”] of the people of your state who didn’t vote for you?”

  16. Monoceros Forth says:

    Believe it or not, that’s exactly what I mean. That sort of thing, anyway: he’s going to build himself up into some sort of ultra-macho heroic commando. There are a large number of militaristic fanboys who’ll go along with it.

  17. BeccaM says:

    Wouldn’t surprise me at all.

  18. silas1898 says:

    I’m old enough to remember when St. “Government is the problem” Reagan did it. He was going to ride in and rid the land of all government “waste, fraud and abuse” when he was the biggest fraud until Dubya came along.

  19. The_Fixer says:

    You mean Dylan Davies will have his own talk radio show with people calling in and telling him how great he is?

    I’ll start puking now.

  20. Indigo says:

    When an apology is not an apology it is not an apology.

  21. BeccaM says:

    So… for days, CBS hyped their now debunked 60 Minutes report on Benghazi, which depended almost entirely on the veracity of one source.

    Their ‘apology’ appears twice on the broadcast equivalent of page A-17, in the corner, surrounded by ads for male pattern baldness treatments and a cut-rate quick-lube shop (i.e., a minute during a 7am Eastern time morning ‘news’ show, and then again at the very end of another 60 Minutes show). Do they disavow their story? No. They report only that their one and only source for their original report appears to have been a liar.

    When you make an egregious mistake like this, in journalism, you’re supposed to own it. Not just try to shift the blame.

    Whatever shreds of legitimacy and responsible journalism 60 Minutes and CBS News may have once had is clearly long since gone. Edward R. Murrow would be appalled if he saw this.

  22. Naja pallida says:

    As long as someone is working to take away the rights of others, they put all things that are involved with that right in their personal life on the table. Graham can be a grade-A hypocrite on his own dime, when only he suffers the consequences.

  23. BeccaM says:

    I wouldn’t mind either, if Senator Lindsey didn’t feel the need to externalize his personal conflict and ‘beard’ his political career by engaging in gratuitous gay-bashing whenever the rumors and whispers become too prevalent.

  24. nicho says:

    How can you leave it out when he’s living a lie? If he is dishonest about that, what else is he dishonest about? You have to consider it.

  25. Monoceros Forth says:

    Sam Waterston is a treasure. I’ve read that he played a pretty good Hamlet back in the day.

    Dylan Davies reeks of Ollie North. I just have to say that. I suspect at any rate that he’ll be filling much the same role in the future.

  26. ehmkec says:

    I don’t mind that Graham crackers is gay. It’s fine that he is gay. It makes no difference that he is gay. He really needs to come out. It’s fine and should not be a detriment to his career. Leave his homosexuality out of his politics. But – he is a political jerk.

  27. evodevo says:

    Jon and Stephen are national treasures….

  28. Strepsi says:

    For 20 years since the last Democrat was elected in Clinton, the propagandists in the GOP from Gingrich to Rove, have been teaching a section of the population to HATE their government. Now those chickens have come home to roost. And they’ve broken the U.S. in the process.

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