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October 1, 2012

Sinking to New Depths

Cindy A. Rose

Less than a day after Fox News breaks the story that the Obama Administration knew 24 hours after the attack that it was terrorism, the main stream media ignores the importance of this fact.


The New York Times couldn’t bring itself to cover this bombshell of a story. Their September 28 headlines: U.S. Is Tightening Web Privacy Rule to Shield Young and Security Fears Hobble Injury of Libya Attack.


The cover photo is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drawing his redline warning for Iran and its march toward obtaining a nuclear bomb.


I was happy to see The Washington Post’s headline: Consulate Attackers had ties to al-Qaeda. However, it stopped short of informing the public of the timeline as to when the Obama Administration was made aware of the terrorist ties.


The Washington Times felt these headlines were more important than what might be an Obama Administration cover-up: In Hostile Territory it’s Money that Talks; Obama Focuses on Other Two Jobs and Obama, Romney Move Battle to Virginia for Military Votes.


On the local front our very own Frederick News Post: Mudder Ignored Traffic Advice.


In keeping with my last column, I’m again disappointed in how the mainstream media ignores what is the story of the decade.


As responsibly reported by Fox News’ Bret Bair, “U.S. intelligence officials knew within 24 hours of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that it was a terrorist attack and suspected al Qaeda-tied elements were involved...”


Since it’s hard to find unbiased, non-manipulated news, I often read the news coming from our allies in the United Kingdom. Here’s what The Independent had to say about the Libyan attack:


“According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown," under which movement is severely restricted.”


The article goes on to further state that the locals who were charged with protecting the consulate ran away when the attack began.


The Wall Street Journal reported on April 10 of this year that an explosive device was thrown at a convoy carrying a United Nations envoy in Libya. Later, on June 6, an improvised explosive device blew up outside the Libyan consulate. It also reported that the State Department warned U.S. citizens in August of this year if they were planning on traveling to Libya to be aware because of threats of assassinations and car bombings.


Now the main stream media wants me to believe the Obama Administration did not know how much danger that Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the others were in?


The only thing that helps me sleep at night is hoping upon hope that this administration is that incompetent. The alternative scares the living hell out of me.


That our government lied, or at best, mislead us into accepting that it believed the horrors that occurred in Libya on September 11, 2012, were accidental and unpreventable should shake every American out of their current states of ignorance and disinterest. The entity we rely on for our national protection is absent. Dare I say, the seat of the American presidency is currently vacant?


I was so angered by the shameless lack of leadership, the disregard for American safety, for truth and accountability, I immediately called both Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin’s offices and demanded they look into this matter.


Where is the true press that was once held in such high regard and of such utter importance to American freedom that our Founders sought to protect them in the First Amendment of the Constitution? Perhaps we need a constitutional amendment protecting us from the propaganda arm that is now the American press?


My respect for President Barack Obama has plummeted to an all-time low. Never would I, in my wildest imaginings, believe a U.S. president would put his campaign hopes ahead of the safety of our citizens both here and abroad.


Neither would I have ever expected the once honorable profession of “journalist” would cease to exist. They have been consumed by the communication office of the White House and other politically minded bodies. Why did our press corps and media moguls sell out our freedom? How much does one pay for such a transformation?


As a nation consumed by polls and standings in the world, I’ll close with this: Reporters Without Borders publishes a yearly report and ranks the nations with the most freedom in reporting. If any reader of this column assumed the United States ranked #1, they would be sadly mistaken. South Africa, South Korea and Ghana ranked higher, the United States ranked 47th. Finland at #1 once again out ranks us.


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