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NYTimes: Libya Attack Discussion is the Republican’s Fault?

October 12, 2012 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Foreign Countries, Islamofascism, Journalism, Liberals, Libya, Media, Media Bias, Policy, President, Progressives, Terrorism, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Surprising to no one, The New York Times agrees with the absurd spin from team Obama that the only reason anyone is talking about the Obama administration’s week worth of lies about the attacks on our embassy in Libya — attacks that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, one of them our own ambassador — is because the Republicans keep bringing it all up in the national discussion.

The Times has decided to ignore the recent hearings about what the Obama administration knew and when it knew it. There’s just no “news” to it, the paper’s editors say. “It’s three weeks before the election and it’s a politicized thing, but if they had made significant news, we would have put it on the front [page],” said Times managing editor, Dean Baquet.

So, it isn’t because the entirety of the administration claimed that the attacks in Libya grew spontaneously out of existing protests over some unseen anti-Islam Youtube video when the truth is that it was a planned attack. It isn’t because the administration repeatedly claimed that the attacks were not terror attacks, even though they were. It isn’t that now, all of a sudden, that same administration has done a 180 on all those false claims. No, it’s a story now only because the Republicans won’t let it just fade away like Obama wants it to. It’s just politics.

Move along, The New York Times says. Nothing to see here.

This hypocritical stance adopted by Baquet is so bad that even Politico had to take notice the story.

Baquet, Politico notes, has said that he doesn’t see “anything significantly new” in the ongoing congressional hearings on the situation in Libya. Times Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, agrees saying that the proceedings are just ‘politicized” and not worthy of notice from the “paper of record.”

Not everyone at the Times is giving the Obama administration cover on his complete collapse of foreign policy, though. Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan recently wrote that the Times was making a mistake to refuse to cover the hearings.

I believe that the Libya hearing story belonged on The Times’s front page. It had significant news value, regardless of the political maneuvering that is inevitable with less than four weeks to go until the election. And more broadly, there is a great deal of substance on this subject that warrants further scrutiny.

This blame-the-Republicans meme is the weak way that team Obama is trying to paper over the slew of lies unleashed by the Dept. of State and Hillary Clinton, the whole milieu of the administration, and even the President himself in his visit to the UN, no less.

We’ve seen Obama spokesperson Stephanie Cutter unleash this nonsense, Robert Gibbs has disgorged it, so has Ben LaBolt, along with Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney.

But despite the spin, CNN has a devastating timeline of what the Obama administration said about the attacks on our Libyan embassy and it clearly shows that multiple sources in the Obama administration falsely blamed this Youtube video for the attacks.

If the fact that the administration lied bald faced to the American people for days before finally admitting the truth isn’t news, what exactly is news to The New York Times?
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“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
–Samuel Johnson

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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