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Facts fail and spin wins
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The late, great Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was fond of saying, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."His adage has become a familiar cliche around Washington, but it took on new meaning after the House Intelligence Committee issued a unanimous, bipartisan report about the attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi that killed four Americans in September 2012.The report forcefully dispelled the conspiracy theories that continue to swirl about the Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi affair. No matter. The Conspiracy Crowd simply refused to accept the facts."I think the report is full of crap," Sen. Lindsay Graham said on CNN. Speaker John Boehner also turned his back on the Intelligence Committee -- headed by fellow Republican Mike Rogers -- and reappointed yet another panel to produce yet another report on the same incident.Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, got it exactly right when he said of the critics: "The only real objection we're hearing is that it contradicts a myth."But in today's capital, myth is often king, especially if it serves a cynical and selfish purpose.