January 24, 2013

Brian Kilmeade of the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” goes quite a bit overboard in characterizing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s outburst yesterday at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) over Benghazi. In response to the senator’s contention that the administration had misled people on the origins of the Sept. 11 attack, an angry Clinton asked, in a rare moment of illucidity, what difference does it make?

Kilmeade’s intepretation: “This is the Lance Armstrong principle of when you’re in trouble, yell at the person asking you a question. That’s the way he kept everybody off of him for 15 years.” For Clinton, the tactic worked for at least a few moments; Johnson stood down after her protest.

And it’s right there that any possible connection between Hillary Clinton, a workaholic secretary of state celebrated by both parties yesterday, and Lance Armstrong, proven liar, bully and misanthrope, ends.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.