After the murder of 4 American citizens in Libya, the Main Stream Media (MSM) has been more concerned with Romney gaffes and an anti-Islam movie (that hardly anybody has actually seen) than the breakdown in our intelligence system. I offer two news stories to prove this point.
Imagine the hours it took NPR journalists Amy Morgan and Scott Neuman to write this piece on the movie that the MSM would like you to think inspired the attacks on US embassies.
“The past 24 hours have produced a few answers — but many more questions — about the anti-Islam film that became a flashpoint across North Africa and the Middle East this week.”
“NPR’s Carrie Kahn reports on Morning Edition that The Innocence of Muslims was shot in Los Angeles County last August, under the title Desert Warriors. It’s full of “choppy dialogue, bad acting and scenes of a buffoonish Muhammad,” she says.”
Read the entire article. They tracked down the location and date the movie was shot. They identified the Director as well as his detailed criminal past. They identified traced phone calls and uncovered the Director’s fake name, real name and religious denomination. They interviewed someone who knows the Producer but won’t give out his name. They even tracked down an actress in the movie and were able to determine that the film had a crew of 80 people.
From that article, I have no doubt these two have journalist instincts and training to obtain these kinds of details but wouldn’t it have been better to use that talent to get to the bottom of the actual events that led to the murder of 4 US citizens?
Kim Sengupta from the UK paper The Independent probably asked that same question and came up with this fantastic bit of investigative journalism.
“The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal.”
“American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential.”
“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.”
Can you tell the difference between the way Sengupta used journalistic tools to obtain information that was pertinent to the crisis and how Morgan and Neuman used their talents to dive into minutia?