WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ridiculed media discussion of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s handling of the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack, saying it should have nothing to do with racism or sexism.

Palin accused the media of “going right along” with the Obama administration’s Benghazi reports instead of pressuring the White House on real details of the Libyan attack.

“What the heck does this have to do with gender, or skin color, or anything else? This has to do with competency, and Susan Rice’s handling of Libya has been part and parcel of the Obama administration’s handling of Libya, which has been appalling,” Palin said Friday on Fox News’ “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren.

“It’s been atrocious, and it’s really indicative of a lack of competency and truthfulness, and certainly transparency, in the entire Obama Administration. It has nothing to do with her gender,” continued Palin.

Rice is currently considered a top candidate to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, but has faced fierce opposition from Republican leaders since the Benghazi attacks. Arizona Senator – and former Palin presidential running mate – John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham have been among her GOP critics. After a meeting with Rice about the attack, Graham stated that he was even “more disturbed” about Rice’s account of the attack.

In the Friday interview with Van Susteren, Palin went after the press, saying that the “mainstream media is going right along” and ignoring the scandal, while the Obama administration is “play[ing] politics” with national security.

Van Susteren even flipped the argument on its head, saying that the real sexism is to think “because she’s a woman, she’s given a pass” for providing false information.

Van Susteren pointed out that only CBS and Fox News have seriously tried to confront the Obama administration and press secretary Jay Carney about the attacks. Palin stated that if she was part of the press pool that had to be lectured by Carney every day, she “would be quite offended” and be spurred to do more investigation into the matter.

Both women agreed that the Obama administration had a lack of transparency, and that the “dirty little secret” of D.C. media is that journalists don’t confront the administration because they could lose access inside the White House press.


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