Why the Media Don’t Want You to See the Must-See 13 Hours – The American Thinker


The more naïve members of the Hillary Clinton campaign have long dreaded the release of Michael Bay’s factual account of the Benghazi attack, 13 Hours.  The more sophisticated members of that campaign were less worried.  They were confident their friends in the media would scare off all but the most deluded “tea-baggers.”

Yes, the media will try.  They are trying.  I am not sure, however, that they will succeed.  In the age of social media, word of mouth is much more significant a force than it ever was before.  And the word of mouth on 13 Hours will be justifiably powerful.  The movie is riveting from beginning to end.

I saw the movie without benefit of having read a review. I was further burdened by the fact that I know the story well; I have written extensively about Benghazi.  When the movie begins with the words on screen, “This is a true story,” and not the usual “This is based on a true story,” I was prepared to hold the filmmakers to account.  They were as good as their word.

In reading the reviews afterward, I sensed some relief among the critics that the movie was not overtly political.  The names of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, for instance, go unmentioned.  In a feint at sophistication, some critics held this against director Bay.

“The Benghazi situation illustrated something important about the state of our world today. We still haven’t entirely figured out the specifics of it all,” writes Aisle Seat’s Michael McGranahan.  “13 Hours doesn’t really try to be a meaningful part of the conversation. It just wants to use a genuine tragedy to elicit some mindless thrills and push the audience’s patriotism button.”

In fact, the news media, let alone the entertainment media, have shown no interest in a “conversation” about Benghazi, meaningful or otherwise.  They have labored mightily for the last three-plus years to keep Benghazi out of the news.  Had Bay explored the lies about an impending genocide that paved the way to our subversion of the Gaddafi regime, or the arms trafficking in which the CIA was engaged after Gaddafi’s murder, he would have needed a mini-series.

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