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NY Times Doubles Down on Benghazi Story

NY Times Doubles Down on Benghazi Story

If the New York Times thinks that its Benghazi story stands on its own, why does it roll out two opinion articles to support it?

Professor Jacobson has already offered a critique of the investigative story by  the New York Times regarding the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

Other critiques have rolled in as well:

Fifteen months after the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, the narrative of the attack continues to be shaped, and reshaped, by politicians and the press.

But a New York Times report published over the weekend has angered sources who were on the ground that night. Those sources, who continue to face threats of losing their jobs, sharply challenged the Times’ findings that there was no involvement from Al Qaeda or any other international terror group and that an anti-Islam film played a role in inciting the initial wave of attacks.

“It was a coordinated attack. It is completely false to say anything else. … It is completely a lie,” one witness to the attack told Fox News.

Since then, The Times has doubled down in support of its investigation and its conclusions with an editorial and an editor’s note written by the paper’s editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal.

I’d like to add three more general observations:

  1. Would the New York Times have done an investigation if the facts of the case didn’t contradict a deeply held conviction of the paper’s editors? For example, an article this past September asserted, “In 2000, a visit by Ariel Sharon, then Israel’s opposition leader, accompanied by 1,000 police officers, prompted a violent outbreak and, many argue, set off the second intifada.” Others have, in fact, shown that the decision to the launch the second intifada was made by Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority well in advance of Sharon’s walk on the Temple Mount. Earlier this year Jonathan D. Halevi mapped out the planning of the second intifada.
  2. If the New York Times was serious about revisiting the Benghazi attack it would have assigned former marine, C. J. Chivers to the case. David Kirkpatrick has demonstrated that politics comes first in his reporting. As Prof. Jacobson noted, he was invested in confirming the role that the film “Innocence of Muslims” played in inciting the attack. Someone not associated to the administration’s narrative should have been assigned.
  3. Finally in 2008, the New York Times ran a despicable expose implying that likely Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain had had an affair with an attractive younger lobbyist. The problem, as the public editor of the paper, Clark Hoyt, noted at the time was “A newspaper cannot begin a story about the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee with the suggestion of an extramarital affair with an attractive lobbyist 31 years his junior and expect readers to focus on anything other than what most of them did. And if a newspaper is going to suggest an improper sexual affair, whether editors think that is the central point or not, it owes readers more proof than The Times was able to provide.” The editor who oversaw the production of the McCain hit piece and who defended the work against Hoyt’s criticism, was Jill Abramson. This journalistic faux pas did not hurt Abramson in any discernible way as she was subsequently promoted to be executive editor of the paper. Rosenthal, in his column, argues that he hasn’t made up his mind who he will endorse in three years time. That may be the case, but as one of the most prominent Democrats in the country, Sen. Clinton must be considered a pretty certain Democratic candidate. Abramson, as her experience demonstrates, knows how to push a story to help her preferred candidate.

If the New York Times was sold on its investigation it would let it stand on its own merits instead of arguing that only Republicans would doubt their narrative.

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The NYTimes is now deliberately perpetrating known lies. The amazing “times” in which we live. Beat that drum until people get it.

The Grey Old Whore is merely an organ for the Collective.

If you take that tweet from Kirkpatrick literally, it strains credulity.

They had a reporter on the ground, and we’re hearing about 15 months later?

Come to think of it, EVERYTHING about that report is incredible.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

Let us fold the Times.

It can happen.

The NY Times is not really a newspaper or a journalistic enterprise. Or rather, it’s a newspaper in the sense a mafia-owned furniture store serving as a front for a money-laundering operation is a furniture store. They clearly understand this and are practiced at maintaining and manipulating the facade. The NY Times has essentially written the book on shaping and stylizing the modern Narrative and they select and groom writers accordingly and expertly. Their gross journalistic failures over the recent years haven’t degraded their importance in the progressive cosmos at all, because progressives aren’t interested in the truth any more than the mafia is interested in furniture stores, and because the Left invests so much in the NY Times and its role as the “paper of record.”

This Benghazi story wasn’t designed to report any truths or clear the record but simply to muddy the issue sufficiently to make the case that Benghazi was a big, ugly and confusing mess and it would never be possible to blame anybody for what happened. “Anybody,” aka Hillary Clinton. People are naturally inclined to believe such things, that is, to throw up their hands and put it all down to confusion, madness, the “fog of war” etc.

A critical mass of rejection of the NY Times’s credibility may never be reached. It may bleed out financially, but who knows how long that will take. Only a conservative purchase of the NY Times would do the trick. This would be a devastating blow to the Left — as deeply demoralizing as any landslide election, and more lasting. The NY Times is their Bible.

    Estragon in reply to raven. | January 1, 2014 at 12:24 am

    You would need to find conservatives with more money than sense to pay what the NYT would demand. Remember there could not be a hostile takeover, the actual voting stock is closely held by the Sulzberger-Ochs families and their heirs. Reportedly over 200 of these stockholders depend upon NYT dividends as their principal incomes, which is why they pay dividends to the ‘special” stockholders even when losing money.

    Before Mexican telecom monopoly billionaire Carlos Slim invested a quarter-billion dollars to help them stay afloat a few years back, earning warrants for even more stock which he has been slowly exercising, just before the real estate crash, an analysis of the assets of the NYT Company showed by liquidating their tangible property – real estate, trucks, equipment, etc. – they were worth more than the total capitalization of their stock. In other words, the newspaper operations made the company worth LESS in net effect.

    Recent reforms in Mexico will cut off Slim’s gravy train, though, so the high-minded liberals at NYT won’t be able to balance their books on the backs of overcharged Mexican telephone customers much longer, though.

It was because of the video.

Obamacare is working.

The economy is recovering.

Unemployment is going down.

AQ is on the run.

Soylent Green is good for you.

    Another Voice in reply to Yujin. | December 31, 2013 at 11:58 am

    You have the lead outs down pat for the staff writers who carry water for the NYT’s.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Yujin. | December 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Add this to your list.

    “Joke Headline of the Day: “Pending Home Sales Rise”; Five Housing Headwinds”

    “One Headline Title Stood Out: Zero Hedge: Pending Home Sales Plunge At Fastest Pace Since April 2011

    It took about one second to understand the discrepancy.
    It’s kind of easy for sales to be up when the previous month was revised lower. But how much lower? The NAR did not even say. Let’s take a look at monthly NAR reports to find out.

    November 25 NAR: October Pending Home Sales Down Again, reflect contracts but not closings.

    October 28 NAR: Pending Home Sales Continue Slide in September:

    September 26 NAR: Pending Home Sales Decline in August:

    August 28 NAR: July Pending Home Sales Slip:

There must be something truly horrible still hidden within the Benghazi story to require this sort and level of propaganda.

Conversely, perhaps the NYT has a 2016 candidate in mind and it isn’t Hillary Clinton. What better way to appear to be clearing the deck for her while actually forcing Benghazi back onto the front burner to undermine her?

    Good point. Elizabeth Warren? Though the complete absence of Clinton’s name in the piece (so I’m told) would suggest coy exculpation by omission. That would be classic NY Times.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to raven. | December 31, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      It’s bizarre. The story was hardly burning hot, overshadowed by the Obamacare fiasco, so why bring it up front and center now?

      Maybe something is about to break and they’re trying to help Dems get out in front of it before it does. Maybe some heretofore gagged witnesses are about to reveal some truly damaging information.

The NYT shows its anti-Israel and pro-Left bias daily, but its attempt to once again re-shape the Benghazi narrative is interesting.

Maybe they’re clearing the way for Hilary in ’16 (probably the most likely scenario), or maybe they sense the scandal is not fading from the public’s memorym is constraining Obama, and believe that something has to be done.

You do get the persistent rumors that the CIA was funneling weapons of some kind to Syrian rebels through the embassy. I’ve never given too much credence to the rumors, but the NYT desperate attempts to squelch the story (by stupidly reigniting it) does make me wonder.

Perhaps those in the know have found a way to tell their story and it may be soon.

FOX nailed ’em.

The FOX slogan, “We report, you decide” is directed at the NYT and Washington Post.

The Washington Post is head and shoulders above the New York Times because the Post fact-checks its stories, and in its “news” stories, separates sentences containing opinion from those containing facts. The New York Times simply tells the story they want to tell, and they are willing to make up any facts, or lie by omission, or outright. I stopped cross-checking the New York Times on a regular basis years ago, because of the persistent stream of fabulism running through its stories.

Calm down, everyone – it’s only been a week. Eighty years later the Times is still defending Walter Duranty!

BannedbytheGuardian | December 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

There are many operatives spinning admin defense posts on threads about benghazi across the globe. i have spotted the same narratives many times in forums especially public & major broadcasting sites that obviously are not from that country.

This is another , but NYT shat their pantz here to quell the fire.

Nail”em to this bizarro statement. it is MEGA.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 31, 2013 at 9:35 pm

May New York Times diarrhea themselves out of existence Banned!

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | December 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Banned, may New York Times diarrhea themselves out of existence.

Dear Pravda…errr…Izvestia…errrr… Peoples Daily… errrr…NYTimes: YOU are lying liars who LIE.

How sad, dreary and relentlessly predictable for you to be ‘smoothing’ the Hillary Mythology.

If the New York Times thinks that its Benghazi story stands on its own, why does it roll out two opinion articles to support it?…

Common journalistic sense applied to a corrupt propaganda rag = the NY Times.