Disgraceful: NY Times Still Blames YouTube Video for “Riots” in Libya

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

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:

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6 Responses to “Disgraceful: NY Times Still Blames YouTube Video for “Riots” in Libya”

  1. Blue Hen on 24/24/12 at 12:12 pm

    Because nothing says ‘coherent’ foreign policy’ and ‘lucid world view’ than listening to a raving mob and tossing a film maker in jail as appeasement.

    Let’s pretend for a moment that this water carrying clown has any credible claim; if a murderous mob attacked an abortion clinic tomorow, does anyone think for a moment that the dear leader would imprision the PR director for the Margaret Sanger fan club (planned parenthood)? They get federal funding; I kinda doubt our mighty mo film maker was blessed thus.

    The jerk who made the piss Christ ‘artwork’ got federal money. The dear leader made a pretense at equality at the UN, but refused to say or do anything about the maseterwork that was in NYC the same time he was.

  2. Eli on 24/24/12 at 5:05 pm

    There WERE in fact protests in Libya, in Tripoli. That has been reported widely. The terrorist attack was in Ben Ghazi. Obama admin tried selling the idea that there were protests in Ben Ghazi, when there were none. But Libya is a big country, and in its capital city, Tripoli, there most definitely were protests, just like in Cairo.