…is described here.
There are many reasons for the success of the coverup. One is the nicely coordinated set of messages from the administration and the MSM. Another is the complexity of the story; people have to be motivated enough to follow the twistings and turnings, and most people are not.
The public has been distrustful of the MSM for quite some time, which has lulled the right into a false sense that the public will reject the media’s message. That turns out to be wrong—people are still influenced by it greatly, including the constant refrain that Fox News is bogus and unreliable. If it’s only Fox singing a different song and describing what happened in Benghazi and afterward, why pay attention? Especially when life can be stressful and there are so many things that are more distracting.
And by the way, I’m not really knocking the public that much over this. It’s just human nature. It’s political junkies like us who are the weird ones. We happen to be really really interested in this sort of stuff, so much so that we might spend a few hours a day reading about it. We happen to think it’s extremely important, and it is. But to most people it’s a question of tanks versus pears, and their attitude is that of Karel’s mother.
One night, for example, the tanks of a huge neighboring country [the USSR] came and occupied their country [Czechoslovakia]. The shock was so great, so terrible, that for a long time no one could think about anything else. It was August, and the pears in their garden were nearly ripe. The week before, Mother had invited the local pharmacist to come and pick them. He never came, never even apologized. The fact that Mother refused to forgive him drove Karel and Marketa crazy. Everybody’s thinking about tanks, and all you can think about is pears, they yelled. And when shortly afterwards they moved away, they took the memory of her pettiness with them.
But are tanks really more important than pears? As time passed, Karel realized that the answer was not so obvious as he had once thought, and he began sympathizing secretly with Mother’s perspective–a big pear in the foreground and somewhere off in the distance a tank, tiny as a ladybug, ready at any moment to take wing and disappear from sight. So Mother was right after all: tanks are mortal, pears eternal.
One of the reasons people should be paying a lot more attention to the “tanks” (Benghazi) is that the tanks can end up influencing our lives (the “pears”) greatly. Power-hungry and/or incompetent politicians count on the ignorance and/or inattention of the public. Sometimes the press functions to hold those politicians in check by informing the public what’s going on, but not now—at least, not where the Democrats are concerned.