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Published on May 8, 2013
5/8/13 – The congressional hearing on the Benghazi consulate attack was supposed to be the biggest news story of the day Wednesday. But then, there were continuing development in the Cleveland kidnapping investigation, and of course, the long-awaited verdict in the Jodi Arias murder trial. Greg Gutfeld, co-host of Fox News’ The Five, lamented the tough break that conservatives received today, in which the Benghazi bombshells were buried by other, in his mind more frivolous, news stories.

“I have to say that the media is really President Obama’s scandal condom,” Gutfeld began. “No matter how rough things get, nothing gets through. And they catch a break no matter what.” Gutfeld suggested that Hillary Clinton should put Cleveland “hero” Charles Ramsey on her 2016 ticket because of the distraction he caused today from the hearing.

Gutfeld laid into the media for turning its head at any shiny object that comes into view. “Oh my god, a trial. We’ve got to follow the trial. Oh my gosh, there is a kidnapping. This is a news story.” He said if we hadn’t called the people who had perpetrated the Benghazi attack “terrorists,” but perhaps instead used “bullies” or “homophobic Republicans” then the media would have paid more attention.

Meanwhile, host Eric Bolling turned his ire on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for “grandstanding” by attacking Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and “taking the legs out of the testimony” before the diplomats had a chance to deliver it.

While Fox did more than its fair share of covering Cleveland and Arias Wednesday, a quick scan of the TVEyes monitoring system reveals that there was an imbalance between the three major cable networks. Between 6am and 6pm ET today, the word “Benghazi” was mentioned in approximately 17 times on CNN, 27 times on MSNBC and a whopping 66 times on Fox.