Bias concerns raised over coverage of Libya hearings
Mainstream media neglecting the issue?
- Duration 4:48
- Date Oct 12, 2012
Mainstream media neglecting the issue?
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Speaking of mainstream media there are new concerns over coverage -- hearings.
Into the murder of Americans in Libya seem to be ignored by many in the press.
It was more than a month ago the terrorists stormed the US consulate -- been Ghazi killing four diplomats and their support staffs.
This week congress held hearings on the security situation there in the run up to that attack.
Witnesses revealing stunning new details including claims that requests for more security were turned down by the administration.
Isn't this something you'd expect the media to cover.
Let's talk about -- interest -- -- the Daily Beast columnist and a Fox News contributor Judith Miller is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter author Andy Fox News contributor.
Judith you and I were talking about this in the green room a couple of days -- insulin very often watching congressional hearings for me is like watching paint dry.
But watching what was taking place in those you know what happened in -- Ghazi hearings.
Was absolutely riveting and yet your old paper the New York Times could barely find a way to mention it.
They managed to mention it -- on page three.
-- hearing in which it was disclosed for the first time.
But the regional security officer had repeatedly asked for more reinforcements better security.
And had been turned down.
By two people neither neither of whom had ever been to Libya.
This this hearing was filled with revelations about security lapses and yet the New York Times managed to put it on.
With the -- on the front page this was so much so outrageous that even the paper's own ombudsman.
Margaret -- -- in the public editor.
Was forced to write a blog that said page three.
How do you explain this how do you explain under coverage of this and she was told by the editors there were six better stories that day.
Hard to believe in our front line in my mind cures and out what's the thinking that that makes something like that happen I mean a major attack the first murder of our ambassador in thirty years.
And it -- three you know page three coverage.
Yeah that it can be one of two things -- could be one that they don't want it highlight something that harms Obama or it could be that they just don't care about this issue and it all deferred to.
Should you be honest she knows inner workings of the paper.
Better than I do but I you know I I think that.
This would have been front page news if this was the Bush Administration that would have been front page -- frankly from the very beginning all the way through and said they have.
This is just sort of consistent with the fact that they.
-- are not covering -- -- really expressing very much interest in it.
At all and also there's a back at last night what what Joseph Biden said during the debate and earlier on fox they played at Henry questioning Jay -- about this that -- -- claiming that the administration did not know.
That there had been request -- made for security.
-- and I guess the defense now is that the White House didn't know but when Joseph Biden says we didn't know.
He's saying the administration didn't know and we know that that's false.
We know that he's hearing.
And that -- -- you know that there's there's a lot here that it seems like people should be following up on.
People and you thank god for for Ed Henry but other people should be following up on -- as well.
It does a great job Judy a lot of conservatives think that the Obama administration did not want to admit that this was a terrorist attack.
They sent Susan Rice on the Sunday shows to talk about you know this spontaneous demonstration over the anti Islam film.
That that it.
You know built up in the streets.
They didn't want to do that because they thought it would jeopardize the election are the media being complicit in that story line at least some in the media.
I think the media aren't being complicit and that they are not following up as Ed Henry did.
As Catherine Herridge has done in her extraordinary reporting on this they are not.
Pressing the administration about who knew what when and look Anthony court is -- and is a very good defense analyst -- -- had a wonderful article saying.
Accidents terrible things are going to happen when you're out there fighting for freedom when you're trying to do the kind of work that the United States trying to do but.
-- if things go wrong the American people are entitled to know.
Why they went wrong and how they went wrong.
And the administration has consistently pushed back.
That question doesn't want to answer those questions because that would interfere with the narrative that we have of an administration which is so tough on national security and strong.
On foreign policy.
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