Because I see little reason to fund a newspaper not fit to wrap and bury fish waste, I don’t read The New York Times. Unfortunately, others do, and some of those others will believe something just because it is in a “prestigious” newspaper. Therefore, other news outlets often repeat or comment on the content of The New York Times.
So what is the The New York Times latest big story?
On Sunday, The New York Times printed a comprehensive, no-nonsense article beginning on the front page under the headline: “Deadly Mix in Benghazi: False Allies, Crude Video — Interviews Show Militia and Insults to Islam Fed Attack — No Qaeda Link Seen.” The author is David D. Kirkpatrick, one of the best journalists we have, and the article was the result of “months of investigation by The New York Times, centered on extensive interviews with Libyans in Benghazi who had direct knowledge of the attack there and its context.”
The article is fascinating — and, I believe, conclusive, reminding us that when you need the truth about foreign affairs, you’d better depend upon some good newspaper reporting and not your government, your police and FBI or your embassies.
From these hundreds of in-depth interviews, the Times concluded that: (1) al-Qaida had little, if any part in the attacks, which were largely spontaneous and the result of rivalry between gangs or uncontrolled “militias” that formed in the wake of President Muammar Gadhafi’s overthrow and murder, and (2) the attacks were, indeed, in great part inspired by the weird Muhammad video, which had not the least importance in the United States.
Of course, other news outlets considered The New York Times story with a bit more skepticism.
An extensive report Sunday in The New York Times casts doubt on Republican claims that al Qaeda played a key role in last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The article lends badly needed credence to the White House version of events and might remove some of the blame from the former secretary of state’s shoulders as she gears up for a 2016 presidential run.
A top House Republican went so far Sunday as to suggest that there may be a coordinated effort to help Mrs. Clinton — who is widely thought to be seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and leads her Republican counterparts in most polls — escape the shadow of Benghazi.
“I find the timing odd,” Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said of The New York Times piece and its political ramifications during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.” (from here)
Whenever we see an “investigative report” (particularly from a propaganda organ of the Democratic Party), we need to do a little investigating of our own. Sometimes the task is fairly simple. In this case, we don’t need to read what people are publishing about Benghazi story now; we just need to look at the old news they are hoping we will forget.
Here are a couple of posts I did immediately following the terrorist attack on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
- THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT PARTY’S COLLAPSING MIDDLE EAST
- A NOTE FOR JOHN WHOSE BLOG IS “A View From The Middle (Class)”
Take the time to check out the links and read the comments. If the posts and the comments are not enough to fill you with disgust at what passes for a “prestigious” journalist these days, may God help you.
- Benghazi attack wasn’t ‘core’ Al-Qaeda, U.S. says (news.yahoo.com)
- NY Times Tall Tales: A deadly dishonest mixed-up narrative on Benghazi (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Congress, in bipartisan tone, disputes report Al Qaeda not involved in deadly Benghazi attack (foxnews.com)
- GOP Rep. blasts NY Times Benghazi claims as misleading (foxnews.com)
- Mike Rogers: New York Times Benghazi Report ‘Just Not Accurate’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- RT @selectedwisdom: So again, what happened in #Benghazi hinges entirely on what people interpret “al Qaeda” to be http://t.co/WS2cmn1eN9 h… (thedailybeast.com)
- NY Times Shills for Obama… Says Al-Qaeda Not Linked to Benghazi Attack (thegatewaypundit.com)
- GOP congressman blasts NY Times Benghazi claims as ‘misleading’ (dancingczars.wordpress.com)