Sunday, December 29, 2013

The New York Times' Benghazi Whitewash

I concluded with a link to the Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn at my earlier entry: "New York Times Report Claims 'No Evidence' of al-Qaeda Role in Benghazi Consulate Attack."

And now Joscelyn has posted a rebuttal, "The New York Times Whitewashes Benghazi."

Basically, the Times report omits key actors who had links to the international al-Qaeda franchise. Or, as Joscelyn puts it:
In his Times piece and during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, [the Times' David] Kirkpatrick claims that the Benghazi attackers were purely “local” actors.

This is simply not true – as evidenced by the Jamal network’s involvement and other pieces of evidence.
There's more push-back at Memeorandum. I expect we'll be talking about this for some time, and perhaps the New York Times will eventually disown its own reporting.