Letter to the Editor: 'Warped journalism'
BY Jim Mazzei, Tulsa
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
2/13/13 at 8:01 AM
I appreciate that the Tulsa World is a left of center newspaper, and that's fine, but warped journalism isn't. Your Jan. 25 editorial, "Answers," was absolutely that. There were fundamental realities with regard to the attack on our facility at Benghazi: 1. It does not take an in-depth knowledge of our national networks to know that the information on the attack was in the White House minutes, not hours, following its initiation. It is public knowledge that the president, the secretary of defense and the secretary of state were meeting while that information was coming in.
Ignoring the fact that they knew it and declined to do anything other than monitor it is ignoring the allowance of American deaths by those three individuals. Discussions about the systems that would not have saved those individuals while ignoring the systems that would have is also ignoring the allowance of American deaths.
Setting aside the fact that the White House and administration leadership postulated a blatant lie to the American public for well over a week is, at best, journalistic malpractice. Pretending that the secretary of state had just "had enough" when she was using a theatrical trick to avoid answering an appropriately probing question is also journalistic malpractice.
Pretending Republican inept questions at a hearing was making a nonpolitical issue political when a political decision had been made to refuse to save Americans in peril and then to lie about it is the height of journalistic malpractice.
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