At his press conference a short while ago, President Obama described criticism of his administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack as a “sideshow” on “Capitol Hill” when in reality a growing national outcry is taking shape.  Leading editorial boards across the country say we’ve only just begun to get the answers the American people deserve, and that congressional efforts to get to the bottom of what happened in the days before and after the attack should continue.  [For a recap of last week’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, go here.]

Let’s start with Long Island’s Newsday, which under the headline “Shine a light on events in and after Benghazi,” offered an endorsement of Republicans’ focus on truth and accountability: 

Republicans in Congress have made a determined and appropriate effort to get to the bottom of this matter.” 

Several editorial boards said that effort should continue, and the Obama administration should be more forthcoming, including:

  • The Denver Post: “Republicans are also right that the administration should release e-mails around the attack and make key personnel available to testify if needed.”
  • Dallas Morning News: “Obama officials, past and present, should step up with the information Americans deserve.

These editorials strike a common theme – it’s important to get Americans the answers they deserve: 

  • Chicago Tribune: “We’re left with consequences of Benghazi decisions that … need to be explained to Americans – the families of Doherty, Woods, Smith and Stevens included.”
  • Augusta Chronicle: “Even after explosive congressional testimony … the nation is left with a growing list of unanswered questions.”
  • Arizona Republic : “There are a lot of questions still about Benghazi. And Hicks and his dead colleagues deserve to have them answered.”
  • Baltimore Sun: “Four Americans … were killed by terrorists who have not been brought to justice.  A congressional investigation is warranted
  • New York Daily News : “That is something that deserves tough, strong, independent scrutiny … to answer critical nagging questions and set the historical record straight.
  • Casa Grande Dispatch“As many Americans … remain in harm’s way overseas, a serious, public look at what happened on that day was too long in coming.  More details are likely to come out.  The American public deserves to know more.

We’ll update this page with more editorials as they come in.