It looks like GotNews.com has caught Ben Rhodes and New York Times Magazine reporter David Samuels in a lie about Rhodes’s experiences on September 11th, 2001.
The essential part of the Rhodes story is his claim that he witnessed the 9-11 attacks, but it’s highly unlikely that he witnessed it as he has described.
Rhodes’s history of lying wouldn’t be that big a problem, but he’s ON THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT.
— Alastair Thompson (@althecat) September 28, 2015
Is it possible that Ben Rhodes lied to the New York Times while they were doing a profile about his incredible ability to shape the media’s narrative (read sell lies to the media) about the Obama Administration’s foreign policy decisions? Rhodes seems to delight in taking advantage of media’s gullibility why wouldn’t he see just how far he could push it? How big of a lie would he have to feed them before someone called him on his bs? Would they even swallow a fake 9/11 story? Maybe, just maybe.
Here are the first two paragraphs of the exhaustive NYT piece about Rhodes, the master media manipulator.
The highlighted portions should have immediately set off alarm bells because they raise at a minimum the following questions:
1. Why was a young 20 something at a polling place, for a mayoral primary election before the first plane hit at 8:46 am? He was at the time, an aspiring novelist, you know the type, stay up late drinking, wake up sometime in the late afternoon. Yet our would-be Hemmingway was wide awake and doing his civic duty rather early that morning.
2. Rhodes witnessed both impacts? Seeing one plane is reasonable, especially if it was the second plane, but both? Of course, it’s possible but sounds a little too convenient.
3. He claims that he watched the attack happen while he was at a polling place along the North Williamsburg waterfront. A quick look at a map of the area and you’ll notice there aren’t any libraries, or schools which are the most likely buildings to house polling places. Surely there are maps of all the polling locations that were open that morning; this should be easy enough for an NYT reporter to fact check.
5. Rhodes saw a bunch of people taking pictures? This was 2001 when cell phones weren’t smart, and most of them didn’t have cameras. A decent fiction writer crafting a period piece wouldn’t have made this amateur mistake, but the NYT didn’t question it.
6. He saw an Arab man sobbing on the subway? This seems a little too perfect. It fits neatly into the narrative of the coming Islamophobic backlash we’re always being warned about. It would be next to impossible to identify this man and track him down to verify Rhodes’s account, but it would be very easy for an NYT reporter to find out if the subways were still up and running in the late morning/early afternoon of September 11, 2001, or if they were on lockdown.
This is a story served up to the media by a man who admitted, in the course of this very same interview, that he routinely lies to the media. You’d think they might have bothered to fact check his story….
Oh, and on the anniversary of 9-11, Rhodes partied it up.
— blueworld22 (@blueworld22) September 12, 2015
Kind of a strange thing to do if you were present for the 9-11 attacks!