January 28, 2013
Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton with ”60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak with ””60 Minutes”” correspondent Steve Kroft. (CBS via AP)

In a just-concluded hit on “America Live” with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, former U.S. ambassador John Bolton participated in the now-very-popular bashing of that nothing-sandwich Steve Kroft interview of President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. At issue was Kroft’s question about whether Clinton personally regrets the tragedy of Benghazi, when four U.S. personnel lost their lives to a terrorist attack.

Clinton responded, “I deeply regret” what happened on the night of Sept. 11. Then she lapsed into diplospeak — a complete waste of the time of “60 Minutes” viewers as well as the exertions of whoever was transcripting the thing.

Bolton suggested that the soft touch on “60 Minutes” provided an element of continuity to the Benghazi situation: “She skated through four months of never having to answer” tough questions about Benghazi, said Bolton to Kelly. Then, he said, she sat last week before lawmakers on Capitol Hill who “made statements” instead of asking pointed questions. The only way to pry answers from Clinton at this point, said Bolton, was to “get her off camera in a deposition … whether she feels guilty or not is irrelevant.”

No one rips into Clinton quite as mercilessly as Bolton. He does it without equivocating and without hogging Fox News’s airtime. And he’s so much stronger on matters of policy than on matters of medicine.

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