Lou Grant Would Hate Adam Housley…And That’s a Good Thing
Adam Housley of Fox News does not suffer fools gladly. So The Cable Gamer is not surprised that he wasn’t about to put up with a Media Matters attack headlined:
When Did Fox News Cite Dylan Davies?
Dylan Davies is a Benghazi witness used by 60 Minutes whose credibility was called into so much question that the program retracted its story. So the minute Housley aired his latest Benghazi scoop, Media Matters rushed to tar him with the Davies brush, even putting his picture at the top of their “analysis.”
But Adam Housley can give as good as he gets:
This is classic Adam and will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed his career. He stands out because he stands up, as when he pushed back on hateful attacks over his marriage:
“The fact that in this day and age, we get attacked for our interracial relationship is beyond sad…it is pathetic,” Housley tells TVNewser. “Yes I am white. Yes she is half black. Marrying a white man does not erase her color and marrying a woman who is half black does not mean I am blinded. The problem isn’t pigmentation…the problem is backwards, bigoted thought from people who should know better.”
And when his reporting from Venezuela was called into question by a politician sitting in a studio 2,000 miles away, Housley unloaded on him, resulting in this memorable slice of cable news history:
It’s moments like these that show reporter Adam Housley at his most passionate. He’s got spunk, and regardless of what Lou Grant says, that’s a good thing:
I still remember Adam Housley as one of the chief proponents on Fox News that a stand-down order was issued in the wake of the Benghazi attack.
What I don’t know is if Adam ever admitted that there was at least a chance he was mistaken after all of these sources expressed contrary views:
• Several bipartisan reports
• Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
• The CIA
• The Defense Department
• Former CIA Director David Petraeus
• Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
• Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
• The U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s 15 January 2014 review of the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi viewed video footage documenting the dispatch of a security team to the Mission compound within 20-25 minutes of the first report of the attack, and they found that no “stand down” orders were issued to the security team at the Annex
All said no one was was ordered to stand down.
I am not accusing Adam (a fine reporter) of deliberately misleading his audience. But in this instance it looks like he may have relied on unreliable sources.
Not everyone you list was in a position to know what happened outside their immediate purview. It would be more accurate to say (or for them to say) they know of no stand down order than to make a sweeping statement that “no one was ordered to stand down” (you can’t prove a negative). Multiple members of the CIA security team have gone on the record, looked Bret Baier in the eye, and said they were told to stand down by the CIA station chief. That’s not proof it happened, but the fact that a dishonest witness like Clapper was unaware of it doesn’t prove it didn’t happen, either.
As the Washington Post reported in January the man who was supposed to have issued the “stand down” order says it never happened.
I have an empty feeling that like the JFK assassination and whether Patsy Ramsey was involved in the death of JonBenet this will never be resolved to the satisfaction of many skeptics.
Some other claims which Snopes.com evaluated:
FALSE: Administration officials watched the attacks unfold in real time but did nothing to intervene.
FALSE: Requests issued by U.S. personnel for military back-up during the attacks were denied.
FALSE: General Carter Ham was relieved of his command for attempting to provide military assistance during the Benghazi attacks.
FALSE: Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette was relieved of his command for attempting to provide military assistance during the Benghazi attacks.