Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis thinks conservatives are dumb. He thinks conservatives who have questions about what happened in Benghazi last fall are especially dumb. As Twitchy reported earlier today, he even created a hashtag, #GOPBenghaziQuestions, designed to mock those who think the White House has neither fully explained nor owned up to the awful events that transpired on September 11, 2012.
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld was among those who took issue with Willis’ hashtag game:
What followed was one of the most dishonest Twitter diatribes we’ve seen, and that’s saying a lot.
Of course, Gutfeld never said that “child victims of gun violence don’t exist,” as Willis falsely claimed. Gutfeld’s point was that some of the “kids” who are touted as innocent victims of gun violence are in fact nearly-adult criminals who were killed as a result of their gang involvement.
Don’t take our word for it. Judge for yourself. (Scroll ahead to 1:50.) It’s not the first time Willis has been wrong on his facts.
But Willis wasn’t done yet. First, he falsely accused Gutfeld and his Fox News colleagues of mocking the Americans who were killed in Benghazi:
Next, Willis repeated his mischaracterization of what Gutfeld said … but this time trotted out the race card for good measure:
Willis must have known what he was alleging was false, but perhaps he hoped that repeating the false allegation over and over again would somehow make it seem more truthful.
Gutfeld was more than capable of defending himself:
Willis was reduced to accusing Gutfeld of being obsessive, even though Willis’s tweets about Gutfeld outnumbered Gutfeld’s tweets about Willis.
And here’s the bottom line:
Willis mocked conservatives who, in good faith, have been asking questions about the murder of four Americans in Benghazi last September. Then, when Gutfeld objected, Willis falsely accused him of claiming “child victims of gun violence don’t exist.” Then, as if that weren’t bad enough, Willis claimed Gutfeld’s statement revealed racial animosity toward black people.
Naturally, Eric Boehlert sided with his Media Matters colleague.
These people consider themselves arbiters of media misinformation. Utterly shameless.