On May 17 Accuracy in Media’s editor Roger Aronoff appeared on The Daily Ledger to talk about the firing of New York Times editor Jill Abramson, and two ongoing Obama administration scandals: the IRS scandal and the Benghazi scandal, and the media coverage of these issues.
The media just want Benghazi to go away in light of the recently formed Select Committee on Benghazi. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has called it a “witch hunt,” noted Aronoff, and The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen called it a “GOP snit.”
“Well, let me tell you, as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi, that Accuracy in Media put together,” said Aronoff, “there are several scandals there, and we recently had a press conference [covering them].”
For example, the CCB interim report found that Moammar Gaddafi agreed to truce talks that were scuttled by Washington, D.C. inaction. If successful, these talks might have caused the Libyan war to end early and saved many lives. Also, the U.S. helped facilitate the provision of weapons to al-Qaeda-linked rebels in Libya.
You can read the entire interim report on the CCB website.
Aronoff also discussed how many suggested that New York Times editor Jill Abramson was a victim of gender discrimination in her firing from the Grey Lady, but “really, there’ve been reports for a long time that she was unpleasant to work with,” and that under Abramson’s reign, the paper leaned far to the left.
“I think back to this report David Kirkpatrick did on Benghazi at the end of last year that tried to put a stamp on that,” arguing that there was no al Qaeda involvement, and that the anti-Islam YouTube video played a role in the attack. “…they wanted to put the final exclamation on that,” said Aronoff, who published a rebuttal of Kirkpatrick’s infamous piece. “So her record is nothing to cheer about, from our perspective.”
As for the IRS scandal, there’s now definitive proof, coming from a Freedom of Information request by Judicial Watch, that Obama administration officials in Washington, D.C. itself, and not just rogue Cincinnati agents, were coordinating the targeting of conservative groups.
You can watch the video here, or where it is embedded below: