New York Times Returns to False Libya Narrative

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This morning, the New York Times resurrected the false narrative that the terrorist attack on a United States consulate in Libya materialized from a spontaneous protest of a little-seen, low-budget YouTube video.

The Times story, bylined by reporters Brian Stelter and Michael Cieply, is a fascinating chronicle of the editing process of an upcoming Harvey Weinstein-produced documentary on the Seal Team Six mission that killed Osama bin Laden—and the documentary’s inflation of President Barack Obama’s role in the assault.

However, buried deep within the piece, is the following paragraph:

Beyond the political issues, the film may carry the risk of associating Mr. Obama with any backlash in a Muslim world already inflamed by the YouTube trailer for an insulting film portrayal of its prophet. In September riots erupted in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere as Muslim crowds reacted violently to what they perceived as the unforgivable insults of a scratch production, ‘The Innocence of Muslims,’ some of which was posted on YouTube.

The Times itself has previously published far more accurate timelines which makes the resurrection of the disproven storyline, originally hyped by the Obama administration, all the more curious.