It isn’t just Republicans and fair-minded journalists who believe The New York Times relied too heavily on militants to make the claim al Qaeda had nothing to do with the murder of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is also rejecting the Times’ reporting.
Speaking to The Hill newspaper, Feinstein said, “I believe that groups loosely associated with al Qaeda were” involved in the attack.
When asked if she believed the infamous anti-Islam YouTube video caused a protest that evolved into a riot, Feinstein said, “It doesn’t jibe with me.”
It is widely believed that The New York Times report was nothing more than a whitewash to protect Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State who is almost certain to run for president in 2016.
It was Clinton whose office ignored repeated pleas for additional security at our consulate in Benghazi and it was Clinton, along with president Obama and Susan Rice, who helped spread the lie that the murder of four Americans was caused by an unforeseeable riot caused by the YouTube video.
From the moment the attacks occurred, The New York Times, along with most of the rest of the mainstream media, have twisted themselves in knots to protect both Obama and Clinton from the political fallout. Although it was Clinton’s negligence that left the consulate unprotected and Clinton and Obama who repeatedly lied for two weeks about the terrorism connection, it was Mitt Romney whom the media attacked for more than a week after the Benghazi tragedy.
It was in the closing days of Obama’s re-election campaign that the Libya attack occurred, and to keep the public’s eye off the tragic failures of the Obama Administration, the media savaged Romney for criticizing the administration in the wake of the attacks.
To keep this ruse going, a year later, The New York Times released its rewrite of the facts to protect Hillary, but the rewrite is apparently so ridiculous that even Dianne Feinstein isn’t buying it.
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