Editorial: Obama, media friends are an embarrassment after 9/11 attacks
It has been a difficult week for those of us deeply concerned about our national security and the safety of our fellow Americans risking their lives as soldiers and diplomats around the world.
And for those of us who still believe our chosen profession of journalism demands holding those in power accountable, it has been downright discouraging.
As an al-Qaeda flag flew over our Egyptian embassy in Cairo and an affiliated group of terrorists attacked and murdered our Libyan ambassador along with three other Americans on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, President Barack Obama’s lapdog media were in a quandary.
Blaming former President George W. Bush — as Obama and the mainstream media do for pretty much everything — wasn’t an option. Even Obama’s acolytes in the press couldn’t spin it that way given the situations in Libya and Egypt are wholly owned by the current administration that toppled those governments in 2011 and handed them over to roving bands of militias and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Inspired by the ease with which American outposts had fallen on Sept. 11 — the real video that sparked the mayhem — violence spread to more than 20 countries from Algeria to Indonesia while Obama skipped his intelligence briefing on Sept. 12 to head off to yet another fundraiser, this one in Las Vegas.
So with blaming Bush out, and blaming Obama forever out of the question despite mounting evidence of his incompetence, inattention to his duties and foreign policy failures, the dutiful media settled on the next best thing:
Blame Mitt Romney.
Romney, you see, had the temerity to issue a statement blasting the weak-kneed statements of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, whose Twitter feed had issued and then stood by its condemnation of some film mocking Mohammed even as the American flag was being torn to shreds by a Muslim mob.
The embassy did issue a perfunctory statement against the violation of our sovereignty, but that came alongside a full-throated denunciation of an American exercising his First Amendment rights that equated the actions of a mob to the act of free speech.
Rather than ask the most basic questions on Sept. 12 — such as why our Libyan consulate and ambassador lacked even basic security despite coming under repeated attacks over the last several months, or why it had not been ensured the Cairo embassy would be protected by Egyptian forces with advance warnings of the impending attack — the vast majority of the media spent the entire day attacking Romney.
You’d have thought Romney was actually the president the way his response to the 9/11 attacks was dissected by the press, who were caught on an open mic coordinating their questions to the GOP nominee but still asked the same question at least five times.
Of course, they couldn’t ask anything of Obama, who issued a half-hearted statement about the attacks from the Rose Garden Sept. 12 and took no questions before jetting off to Vegas.
Politicians can be expected to be politicians, and now, sadly, the media can be expected to do whatever they think is necessary to get Obama reelected.
Sure, the media can be expected to carry water for liberals on their favorite social issues like gay marriage, but now we’ve learned that even American deaths overseas cannot shake the media’s infatuation with this president and their desire to protect him at all cost.
With few exceptions, the media has been an embarrassment since the 9/11/12 attacks. They have continued to assert the violence is all the result of the Mohammed video — echoing the central talking point from a White House that can’t afford to be seen as weak on foreign policy less than two months from an election, and after spending its entire Democratic National Convention spiking the football over killing Osama bin Laden.
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice also beclowned herself on all four Sunday morning talk shows on Sept. 16, continuing to claim against all available evidence that the murder of our Libyan ambassador was part of a spontaneous uprising over the film.
In fact, rather than simply stand by, as contemptible as that is, the press has eagerly jumped into the fray by publishing the filmmaker’s name, his address and photos of his home.
Local law enforcement arrived en masse for a midnight knock on the filmmaker’s door and took him in for questioning while covering his face because the White House and its media accomplices have now put this man and his neighbors’ lives in jeopardy.
Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was shot eight times, nearly decapitated and stabbed in the chest in broad daylight in Amsterdam in 2004 for the “crime” of offending Muslims. That doesn’t seem to matter to the media doing the White House bidding.
But hey, did you hear the story about Romney’s dog?