WSJ a touch late on Hillary Clinton ‘mute’ editorial

If only the Wall Street Journal had posted its editorial bashing Hillary Clinton for staying out of the whole Libya affair a day earlier. The strongly worded piece started out this way: “Where’s Hillary? As the White House blames State for Libya, the Secretary is mute.” It blasts Clinton for sidestepping accountability as Obama administration officials have been forced to account for their scandalously poor and conflicting explanations for the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi.

A choice sampling:

Hillary Clinton ducked questions Friday about what and when she knew about the nature of the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, and then she got the heck out of D.C. The Secretary of State, who flew to Peru Monday for a conference on women’s empowerment, is savvy enough to smell political trouble.

And:

These changing story lines prompted Congress to call hearings last week, but Mrs. Clinton didn’t appear.

Not to mention:

Asked about this on Friday, Mrs. Clinton passed on the opportunity to clarify what she was doing the night of the attacks, when she knew about changed intelligence, and what she told Mr. Obama.

The Wall Street Journal posted that bit of opinion at 7:23 p.m. tonight. That was seven minutes before CNN carried a report from Elise Labott about a round of interviews that Clinton was conducting on Monday with major television networks. The title of the report? “Clinton: ‘I take responsibility’ for security ahead of Benghazi attack.” And the last line of the Wall Street Journal editorial: “And we’d have thought that a public official as celebrated as Mrs. Clinton would want to be a stand-up Secretary and take responsibility.”

Perhaps the secretary could feel the Journal editorial coming and acted accordingly.

Alert! As I was writing this, the Journal updated its piece to address its quickly declining relevance.

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

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