“Bin Laden” And Benghazi

…Predictably, and by design, most media accounts from the day after the Benghazi attack repeated the White House line as though it were fact, just as they did for the Bin Laden killing. Said NPR on 12 September: “The US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi by protesters angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.” The Daily Beast reported that the ambassador “died in a rocket attack on the embassy amid violent protests over a US-produced film deemed insulting to Islam.” To date, numerous people believe – as though there were no dispute about it – that Muslims attacked the consulate and killed the US ambassador “because they were angry about a film”.

As it turns out, this claim is almost certainly false. And now, a week later, even the US government is acknowledging that, as McClatchy reports this morning [my emphasis]:

“The Obama administration acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that last week’s assault on the US consulate compound in Benghazi that left the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead was a ‘terrorist attack’ apparently launched by local Islamic militants and foreigners linked to al-Qaida’s leadership or regional allies.

“‘I would say they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack,’ said Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

“It was the first time that a senior administration official had said the attack was not the result of a demonstration over an anti-Islam video that has been cited as the spark for protests in dozens of countries over the past week .’The picture that is emerging is one where a number of different individuals were involved,’ Olsen said.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/20/obama-officials-spin-benghazi-attack

Orwell’s Ministry of Truth comes to mind.

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