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When It Rains, It Pours

May 27, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 35 • By FRED BARNES
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Then last week the White House, under duress, released 100 pages of Benghazi-related emails. With this, the media may concentrate coverage on who weakened the talking points, the CIA or the State Department? Pursuit of that question would keep the press away from Obama to the delight of the White House.

Such tactics are substitutes for telling the truth. Candor is risky. The truth could incriminate. For Obama, the restoration of trust​—​the willingness of the press and public to believe him​—​seems distant. As for a second-term curse, it wouldn’t apply in Obama’s case even if it existed. Benghazi and the IRS scandal occurred in his first term.

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