newsBecause 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.
(from here)

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.

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.

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  1. Tom – if you think this is useful information for me to have, please let me know. I have to be a bit stubborn about how much useless information I accumulate. On that front, I can indeed be rather obdurate. You haven’t convinced me that this is necessary information. But I am open to persuasion. Until I acquire the knowledge, you can take comfort that knowing all about NLG puts a credit in your personal column, which, in my books of information accounting, is a debit.


  2. I didn’t consider it embarrassing that I didn’t know the abbreviation, Tom, so it is impossible that I could embarrass myself “further” on the subject. There are zillions of thing I don’t know, and I find I am less likely rather than more likely to be embarrassed if I acknowledge that I don’t know something. If I don’t know what NLG means and I have been practising law for 40 years without mishap, I suspect that it is not a matter of embarrassment that I don’t know the organization. It may be some liberal organisation that we conservatives don’t have much reason to work with. If it had been something necessary to be successful or competent in my field, I probably would have known about it.

    As for your first point, it is part of the essence of Christianity that we must at times witness for our faith. That requirement doesn’t diminish in Christian surroundings.


  3. The individual rights explicitly guaranteed by the Bill of Rights do, to some extent, interlink, Tom. However, I do not see the Second Amendment as being particularly useful in terms of protecting my right to speak freely or to refuse to quarter troops. It’s probably not possible to sabre-cut (in the case of my choice of a personal weapon that I carry about) or shoot one’s way to Free Speech. I do see the Second Amendment as ensuring that I can find game to feed my family and can possibly defend my home against invasion.

    I concur with Keith’s assessment that there are a lot of wacky ideas and notions in circulation in California. I experienced this first-hand on several occasions. This to me indicates a robust free-speech environment. I’m quite sure that Keith is either mistaking me for someone else or hallucinating when he attributes to me the statement that “one doesn’t get fired in California for having ideas that go against the academic establishment. . .” My experience with academia everywhere (not only in California) is that it tends to be fairly hostile to unconventional views among faculty, and that faculty politics being what they are (Henry Kissinger said that faculty politics were vitriolic because there is so little at stake), being an idea outlier, whether in public, private or religious institutions, can harm job promotion and retention. That, to me, seems to be a universal verity.

    However, my initial response that brought this on (up to and including the Second Amendment question) is why someone at a religious institution would find it “dangerous” to espouse a confidence in a conventional Christian afterlife. It seems that a religious school would be a very good place to do that. “Danger” to me connotes physical risk. I can’t see that in this situation.

    I miss entirely the connection to the Watts riots. There were numerous urban riots in the later decades of the last century. None, to my knowledge, had theological origins or causes.

    As for the ACLU, I am not a member, although I think the organization performs a useful service many times. I particularly appreciate their conservative views on the First Amendment. Their positions are often quite extreme and they defend some very annoying people. On balance, however, I think they do more good than harm in the system when it comes to defending and validating constitutional rights. I am not familiar with “NLG”.


    1. I have grown to wonder at coincidences. At least I find it curious that it was this Sunday that the junior pastor at our church chose to give a sermon on the short, little Book of Jude. He focused on the first four verses. He noted that where he attended school the professors could not be trusted to hold the Bible sacred. Even at Christian universities, it appears that Christians must contend for the faith.

      I too did not recognize the acronym NLG, I am puzzled that a lawyer would be unfamiliar with it. Before you embarrass yourself further, I suggest you stick that acronym in a search engine.


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