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Gary Hofmeister: ‘Just the facts, ma’am’

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Gary Hofmeister

For those of us with a few decades behind us, we remember well one of the first TV lines to "go viral" (in today's idiom) from Sgt. Friday on the hit show "Dragnet." Whenever one of the witnesses or persons with knowledge of a crime he was interviewing would drift off into irrelevancies, he would pull them up short with, "Just the facts, ma'am. That's all we want are the facts."

Well, thank God — and Fox News — we got a bunch of facts this week and some of us are having trouble wiping the vindicated smiles off our faces. Finally, after being dragged kicking and screaming from being force fed some indisputable facts, the mainstream media discovered three overwhelming newsworthy stories they had tried to either ignore or simply carry the water for a fable they should have known was false. Concerning Dr. Kermit Gosnell, late-term abortionist and serial killer extraordinaire, the rationales for refusing to cover his Chamber of Horrors in Philadelphia because it might sully their vigorous approval of abortion on demand were so weak that once they hit the light of media day, they were never mentioned again — just too embarrassing. One example would justify a belly laugh if it weren't so sad: "It was too gruesome to cover." The last time the major media avoided a story because it was too gruesome, I was likely still in short pants. Just for the record, Harry Truman still was in office then.

The next blockbuster was the admission by IRS officials that they have been targeting conservatives for audits. Well, duh. But it is gratifying to see them acknowledge what a lot of us have known for eons.

Some stories, however, get bigger with time, not smaller because the attempted cover-up by the powers that be ticks off even their normal lapdogs. No one, not even the complicit media likes to be lied to because they understand that ultimately that egg on the faces of the perpetrators will splash on them, as well. So not only don't they earn the kudos they so covet for breaking a big story, but they are viewed by their peers as either irrelevant or a little bit stupid.

And this is a Big Story. The emails and other evidence absolutely prove that the administration knew from the get-go that the Benghazi attack that killed our ambassador and three others was an al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group. But since this happened so close to the upcoming election, some officials in high positions decided to fabricate a story blaming the entire episode on an anti-Islamic video, which supposedly caused this spontaneous attack. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's fingerprints are all over this, probably because she had gotten used to reading and believing her own sycophantic press coverage.

And why not? She survived the crooked dealings in the White Water scandal. She overcame the utter incredulity regarding making $100,000 in cattle futures on a one-time bet. And if those pesky Republicans or vast right wing conspiracy dunces tried to take her on again, she would just sashay in front of any hearing and bully them under the table. And by gosh, that's exactly what she did with her infamous "What difference does it make?" comment that shut up her inquisitors.

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It almost worked. But with the Freedom of Information Act and the tenacity of the reporters at Fox News, such as Stephen Hayes, of The Weekly Standard, I saw the ghost of Sgt. Friday demanding those facts. And by the way, Friday always got his man — or woman. Let's hope.

Gary Hofmeister is the owner and operator of Hofmeister Personal Jewelers in downtown Steamboat. He is a director of The Steamboat Institute and a former Republican nominee for Congress in the 10th District of Indiana.

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