We noted this absurdity already here, but this is worth its own post. In light of the stunning news that the White House was aware of the Benghazi terror attack as it happened, the New York Times still actually reports the YouTube video was behind “riots” in Libya. This just defies belief:
Beyond the political issues, the film may carry the risk of associating Mr. Obama with any backlash in a Muslim world already inflamed by the YouTube trailer for an insulting film portrayal of its prophet. In September riots erupted in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere as Muslim crowds reacted violently to what they perceived as the unforgivable insults of a scratch production, “The Innocence of Muslims,” some of which was posted on YouTube.
It’s not even plausible that the White House can still blame the video, but the Times does.
On Sept. 11, 2012, just two hours after the State Department first began notifying government agencies back in Washington–including the White House–that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was under attack by armed men, State sent out an email that went to at least two people in the White House that said the group Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The email, which was sent from a State Department address at 6:05 PM on Sept. 11, 2012, was obtained by CBS News and posted online by the news agency in a PDF file. This email and others posted by CBS News had certain elements redacted–particularly the exact identities of the person who sent it and the persons who received it.
The email sent at 6:05 P.M. on Sept. 11 was sent by a person using an @state.gov email address. The subject line said: “Ansar al-Sharia Claims Responsibility for Benghazi Attack (SBU)”
It’s one thing for the White House to try and cover up this story, but it’s dereliction of journalistic duty for the media to still aid the coverup.
In case they try to memory-hole this absurdity, we have the screengrab.
Here’s one of the so-called reporters on the story. It says he welcomes questions and tips.
Update: Amazingly, Stelter repeats his lie:
@jammiewf Because there were protests in Libya, Egypt, etc. There was also, according to the government, a terrorist attack in Libya.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 24, 2012