Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” on Monday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said the Obama administration thought it could cover up its security failures in Benghazi because officials didn’t expect the U.S. media to investigate the White House’s story.

Following up on a point made by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Krauthammer said the reason the White House tried to cover up the details of the Libya attack is because it did not match the false narrative about how successful Obama’s foreign policy has been.

“It contradicted their story: bin Laden dead, GM alive, and all that spiking of the football in Charlotte,” he said. “But there was another factor here. How could they have thought they would get away with it? They already knew by Sunday, in other words when Susan Rice went on the air, they knew right away it was a terror attack and they had real-time following of the events in Benghazi, real-time access to what was happening on the night it happened at the State Department in Washington. So they knew there was no riot, there wasn’t a mob, there wasn’t a demonstration.”

“Why did they think they could get away with that?” Krauthammer asked again, this time setting his sights on the media.

“They thought that the media would not work on it. And look at the way [the media] handled it. They went after Romney’s statement on Cairo for three days — ambassador killed for the first time in 30 years and that was the whole media analysis for three days.”

Krauthammer went on to say that the Obama administration thought the they could “ride this out” until after the election.