Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Freedom of Expression Update

So the newest bin Laden story writer has some interesting connections?   And the e-book on Benghazi is out--released Monday, which contains a very different narrative than the several told to the public so far? 

Alrighty then, what does the government say about these potentially explosive stories?  Nothing, basically.  The White House did a press briefing Monday but Obama is now back on the campaign trail lobbying for the destruction of the GOP, so there probably won't be anymore televised briefings this week.  The next obvious choice would be the State Department, but even the Fox News reporter failed to bring it up in their presser today (nobody brought it up yesterday either).

Not that any administration press person would comment anyway (after mocking the question) but it's important to get the question out there because a deflection, spin or anger could reflect some reality.

Meanwhile, speaking of Benghazi and the State Department, someone actually asked the spokeswoman last week about the YouTube ban in Egypt due to the Mohammed video still being up and her response was as follows:
..And forgive me if you’d spoke to this on Friday, I wasn’t here, but the Egyptian court’s decision to block YouTube because of the American-made anti-Islam film that was linked to the violent protest that broached the U.S. Embassy last September, whether that was an appropriate decision.
MS. NULAND: Well, first on YouTube. It’s – we’ve seen the reports about censorship of YouTube. It’s actually not quite clear to us at this moment how and whether that’s going to be enforced across Egypt. But as a general matter, you know that we reject censorship as a response to offensive speech. That kind of action violates the universal rights of citizens to exercise their freedom of expression, association, and assembly. We would rather see these kinds of concerns settled through dialogue.
The bold was to illustrate a contrast with the White House's view during the height of the event:
The White House has asked YouTube to review an anti-Muslim film posted to the site that has been blamed for igniting the violent protests this week in the Middle East. Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council, said the White House has “reached out to YouTube to call the video to their attention and ask them to review whether it violates their terms of use.” However, the video remained on the site as of Friday afternoon, and it is posted many other places on the Internet.
Of course the movie maker was later whisked off to a year in jail.   Sadly, the reporter completely missed this rather stark hypocrisy and never brought it to her attention.  So it's like nothing happened.

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