Fox News Treats Benghazi Select Committee Like The NFL Draft

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If you aren’t a football fan, you probably don’t understand the strange appeal of the NFL Draft. And if you aren’t a loyal Fox News viewer, you probably don’t understand the conservative obsession with Benghazi.

Parallels abound, as Fox’s Chad Pergram demonstrated Thursday.

“It’s hard to imagine Heisman trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel having much in common with second-term Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C,” Pergram wrote in his column’s priceless opening line.

From there, Pergram set out to explain the similarities between a team drafting Manziel and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) tapping Gowdy to lead the House’s select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack.

Are you ready for some football metaphors?

The prosecutorial Gowdy, Pergram wrote, has potential to create “[h]ighlight reels worthy of NFL Films” during the committee’s hearings, but his selection “created an immediate quarterback controversy on Capitol Hill” similar to the one that consumed the San Francisco 49ers two years ago.

According to Pergram, the speaker (“coach Boehner”) essentially “benched” House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA).

And you thought Bill O’Reilly talking about Benghazi before the Super Bowl was bad.

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Tom Kludt is a reporter for Talking Points Memo based in New York City, covering media and national affairs. Originally from South Dakota, Tom joined TPM as an intern in late-2011 and became a staff member during the 2012 election. He can be reached at tom@talkingpointsmemo.com.
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