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The LA Times’ Laughable ‘Fact Check’ On Libya

From the Los Angeles Times:


Fact check: Joe Biden, Paul Ryan clash over Libya

By Ken Dilanian | Thurs October 11, 2012

GOP vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan said it took President Obama two weeks to label the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans as “a terrorist attack.”

In fact, Obama labeled the incident an “act of terror” during his remarks on Sept. 12 in the White House Rose Garden.

“No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said. “Today we mourn four more Americans who represent the very best of the United States of America. We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”

Some conservative commentators have argued that Obama’s formulation wasn’t specific enough.

Actually, it is abundantly clear from Mr. Obama’s Rose Garden remarks that he was speaking there in general historical terms. What Obama said about the Benghazi attack came six paragraphs earlier:

"Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. None. The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts."

Calling the consulate attack "senseless violence" done in response to the denigration of religious beliefs is the polar opposite of calling it a premeditated terrorist attack.

Obama administration officials have acknowledged that they were wrong to characterize the lethal attack as a spontaneous outburst of mob violence after a protest of an anti-Islam film, but say they relied on U.S. intelligence assessments for that information.

Which we now know is a total fabrication. They had no such intelligence. But the LA Times accepts the administration’s excuse — and Joe Biden’s lies about this last night — without batting an eye.

They now say that dozens of heavily armed extremists – some apparently with links to Al Qaeda – carried out the assault, and that it had no connection to the film that had sparked protests in other parts of the Muslim world.

We have yet to hear any top administration official say that the attack had no connection to the film.

Anyway, bear in mind that this is the full extent of the Los Angeles Times’ fact check on the subject of Libya in last night’s debate.

There is no mention of Biden’s aforementioned lie about their intelligence reports. There is no mention of Joe Biden’s lie when he claimed there had been no requests for security.

But this is what passes for fact checking in the Age Of Obama.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 12th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “The LA Times’ Laughable ‘Fact Check’ On Libya”

  1. Right of the People

    The LA Times must have had an intern look it up on Wikipedia or maybe the NY Slimes website.




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