The far right is now running with a new narrative on the 9/11 Libyan attacks. The false claim, which is now “fact” for many on the far right, is that the Obama administration lied, and took 9 days to “admit” what all those brilliant folks on the far right already “knew” – that somehow the Obama administration insisted the attacks were the result of the video, but that the truth is they were preplanned attacks.
Yet the truth is quite different. The Obama administration never insisted the attacks were because of the video. Indeed, just go to Google search. Click on “news”, enter a search term such as 9/11 libya attacks Obama administration response” and set the custom dates for 9/11-9/12.
Voila…the truth is revealed. The Obama administration indeed avoided claiming any known reason, and immediately launched an investigation itno whether these were preplanned attacks. Indeed, administration officials were among the first to say the attacks may have been preplanned, and to point out that why there were known protests in Egypt in response to the video that it was, at first, unclear whether there had been any in Libya. (there had).
Sadly, the facts (and we are talking hard facts here, not things that are open to numerous interpretations), no matter how much evidence there is, no longer matter.
And now we have the right- including Fox “News”, laying claims that the Obama administration plans to release the so called “Blind Sheikh”, Omar Abdel-Rahman to Egypt. Based on the claims of a single supposed source. And this has now become “fact” among those on the far right, despite both the evidence, and the denials.
Once upon a time we had journalistic integrity in this country. (we also had news outlets that were actually focused on news as well”.) Single sources were seen as suspect at best. Everyone, especially in Washington, has an agenda. And the responsibility of the journalist mandated preventing that one prevent being used as a pawn in the constant political game. Those days are long gone.
And while we constantly hear the trumpet of the liberal, Obama friendly media (often for nothing more then challenging claims such as those presented above with cold, hard facts) it is ignored that the right, and particularly the far right, holds a commanding lead in the number of “news sources” whose sole objective is to play politcs and not to actually find and report real news…