While the State Department continues to dodge questions about the terrorist attacks in Libya, a new report indicates that the FBI hasn’t even been dispatched to the scene.
According to CBS:
“What we know is that the State Department won’t answer any questions about that attack. What happened there they say is off limits because it’s an intelligence matter, according to the FBI. The FBI isn’t even in Benghazi yet. They haven’t secured that site, which is how journalists can wander through.”
Earlier in the campaign season, Naomi Rivera mailed out an endorsement from Kirsten Gillibrand which read in part…
“Naomi is working 24-7. You see her in the neighborhood talking to seniors, to moms in schools, to families struggling to build a better future.”
Nowadays however, you’re more likely to see Naomi Rivera showing off her “lacy red bra” on Facebook, or working 24-7 to fight off four separate investigations by the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, the state Attorney General, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), or even the FBI.
Rivera is embroiled in a scandal – or scandals – in which she is alleged to have inappropriately employed one boyfriend, while another boyfriend working for a non-profit that she helped fund used the charities money for their romantic dinners and campaign expenses.
Associating with somebody being probed for multiple allegations of impropriety and ethics violations may not be a wise campaign move for Ms. Gillibrand – yet here she is.
“A campaign spokesperson for Gillibrand told me today that the senator still supports Rivera…”
Gillibrand should be denouncing such corruption in New York politics, but she remains firmly in her stance backing Rivera.
The autopsy of Trayvon Martin has revealed two injuries to the young teen – the fatal gunshot wound and bloody knuckles (video below).
WFTV has confirmed that autopsy results show 17-year-old Trayvon Martin had injuries to his knuckles when he died.
The information could support George Zimmerman’s claim that Martin beat him up before Zimmerman shot and killed him.
The autopsy results come as Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara continues to go over other evidence in the case.
O’Mara wouldn’t comment on the autopsy evidence, but WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said it’s better for the defense than it is for the prosecution.
Not only does this bolster Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense, but it deals a terrific blow to the media who has cast the man as guilty from the start.
But there’s more…
Additional medical reports show that Zimmerman had a fractured nose, two black eyes, and cuts on the back of his head the day after the confrontation with Martin.
One has to wonder if this new information will make the FBI rethink their strategy of possibly charging Zimmerman for a hate crime.
On Monday, WTFV had also reported:
Unless hate crime means you hate getting your face pounded into the concrete, the FBI’s pursuit of such a charge would be blind appeasement of race-baiters like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
Remember a time long ago when people were considered innocent until proven guilty?
And by lone wolf, we mean somebody fully integrated into the radical Islamic religion, may carry a business card stating that he/she is a ‘Soldier of Allah‘, and has continual correspondence with high-ranking overseas members of the Taliban. Like that other famous ‘lone wolf’ Major Nidal Malik Hasan. The important thing to remember here is that it will have nothing to do with radical Muslims. Nothing.
Via the New York Post:
Just days before the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, US authorities are warning that while there is no specific, credible threat to the US homeland they remain concerned “lone wolf” terrorists could use the date to avenge the former al Qaeda leader.
In an intelligence bulletin issued late Wednesday, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and US Northern Command note that terrorist groups such as al Shabaab in Somalia, northern Africa’s al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Pakistani Taliban have called for revenge against the United States for killing bin Laden during the May 1, 2011 raid on his hideout in Pakistan.The bulletin says al Qaeda or its affiliates would view an attack “on this anniversary as a symbolic victory,” especially in the wake of losses suffered by al Qaeda through US drone attacks and other efforts overseas.In addition, according to the bulletin, authorities remain concerned that so-called “lone wolf” extremists not already identified “will execute attacks with little or no warning on or about the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.”
ABC News has been caught in a clear-cut case of journalistic malpractice this past week. No matter your feelings on the Trayvon Martin case, this is indisputable evidence of the media trying to advance a narrative – and failing miserably.
ABC was apparently so excited about having obtained exclusive police surveillance video last week, that they posted it and subsequently came to their own conclusions. The headline blasted, “Trayvon Martin Video Shows No Blood or Bruises on George Zimmerman.”
Other media lapdogs ran with it, to the point where the lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s parents referred to the video as “the smoking gun“.
You know who actually went out of their way to perform research and produce actual journalism regarding the video? Conservative blogs.
The Daily Caller posted a still image the following day which appeared to show a laceration on the back of George Zimmerman’s head. Liberal’s such as Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher mocked the Caller’s attempt at video analysis, while posting the original ABC video yet again.
But then, Dan Riehl over at Big Journalism followed up on the video report, finding further evidence that ABC had falsely presented the clip as evidence that Zimmerman had lied about being assaulted.
Riehl’s report read:
A new High Definition clip from the same video appears to make clear that Zimmerman had a gash or wound of some kind on the back of his head. That would be totally consistent with his version of events on the night in question and opposite the impression ABC News gave its viewers.
Big Journalism called the ABC video-based report reckless and revealing of nothing after it first aired. ABC’s presumed ability to enhance and review video before airing only makes their report all the more outrageous. Given analysis by Breitbart Media and the Daily Caller already performed, the ABC video appeared to be inconclusive, at best.
The new High Defintion clip from the police video Breitbart TV is releasing means that any determination beyond that the video is inconclusive is shoddy, if not intentionally unethical, journalism. To date, ABC has offered no official response to the broad and convincing criticism of the disingenuous nature of their aired report.
And now the DC and Big Journalism have had their vindication, with ABC News having to issue a ‘clarified’ version of the video, showing gashes and welts on Zimmerman’s head.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
ABC News has re-digitized video of George Zimmerman taken shortly after Trayvon Martin’s shooting.
The video was unveiled as an exclusive this morning on “Good Morning America.” ABC was the first news organization to show the original tape.
Reporter Matt Gutman said the clearer video shows “what appear to be a pair of gashes or welts on George Zimmerman’s head.”
Neighborhood Watch volunteer Zimmerman has said he shot 17-year-old Trayvon in self-defense. The video shows Zimmerman arriving at the Sanford Police Department within an hour after the shooting.
Gutman said the video had been “clarified” by Forensic Protection Inc. Former FBI Special Agent Brad Garrett told ABC that the clearer video shows “marks on the back of Mr. Zimmerman’s head.”
I’m glad ABC finally took the time to have the video reviewed by experts and clarified, but perhaps they should have done that in the first place.
Whether or not the clarified video will receive as much coverage as the original remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain – none of the hard working journalists at the Daily Caller and Big Journalism will receive any credit for revealing the failed media narrative pushed by ABC. ABC alone will receive praise, none of it deserved.