By Shannon Knutsen, independent researcher.
The wife of a New York Times editor who wrote a controversial Benghazi article says her husband was criticized by Egyptians for being too soft on the Muslim Brotherhood, Gotnews.com has learned.
While her husband was spinning for his contacts in the Obama administration, Laura Bradford was blogging about life in Egypt and presenting what she said was the truth about life there. She even posted a video of her children chanting the Muslim Brotherhood’s slogans.
“Dave’s sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood is making life difficult for me at the country club,” Laura wrote on December 9, 2012.
New York Times’ David Kirkpatrick Complains the Muslim Brotherhood’s Good Faith Was Never Tested http://t.co/M0oYtpty5Y
— Daniel Greenfield (@Sultanknish) August 18, 2013
David Kirkpatrick also authored a widely discredited Benghazi piece that blamed a Coptic Christian filmmaker for the Muslim riot that killed four Americans in Benghazi in December of last year. The article recycled claims put forward by John Brennan and the Obama administration that Benghazi was caused by a filmmaker.
— Razor (@hale_razor) December 30, 2013
The criticism was intense.
— Patrick Dollard (@PatDollard) January 1, 2014
And Kirkpatrick didn’t seem to want to defend himself.
I invited NYT's David Kirkpatrick on my show to discuss his Benghazi article but was told he doesn't want to interrupt his vacation
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) January 3, 2014
Laura was unsparing with what was really going on in Egypt in an August 2013 blog post.
“The most astonishing things about today
If you were here, american friends, these are the things that would most surprise you:
– most Egyptians think all of this, the rise of the brotherhood, the coup,the bloodshed today, has been engineered by America and Obama.
– no matter what happens today, tomorrow, next month, next year, they will continue to think this.
– all of the Egyptians I know personally, except the journalists and human rights people, are pleased that Sisi cleared the brotherhood protests, and think the brotherhood brought the deaths on themselves. It is a like a red state/ blue state divide from hell. To a certain segment of Egyptian society, quite well-represented in Cairo, the Brothers are enemies, not real Egyptians and their deaths don’t count.
– the official English-language voices of the Brotherhood, who have no need to embellish the injustices visited on this group lately, can’t help themselves. Death tolls, reports of mass uprisings, are all manifestly false and cannot be trusted.
– everyone, everyone, to the last person, saw today coming. It was like a big bright blinking roadside sign, This Way to Massacre and the Gates of Hell. Nobody who could have turned, did. The question of why not will bother me for a long time.
– That said, as I walked alone with the boys through the neighborhood, after all the warnings and closings had gotten too numerous to ignore, i saw only one person. A few moments before, leaving the US embassy swim and tennis club, everyone had said, “be safe,” “Be careful.”. The shady wide streets were deserted, except for a few motorcycles. Workmen were scraping off the tiles at the top of the wall surrounding the swim club, ostensibly to add a few layers of barbed wire. I worried we might see burning cars or smashed windows. Instead one of the boabs, who are like doormen but more rural, came running out to the street to give me and the boys handfuls of fresh sweet basil. He often does this. For no reason. We carried it home and locked the door. [Emphasis added]
In January Gotnews.com editor-in-chief Charles C. Johnson got in trouble for writing a frivolous article about how New York Times editor David Kirkpatrick got arrested for posing nude while attending Princeton.
The Daily Caller is trying to discredit NYT reporter David Kirkpatrick because he posed naked a few times in college: http://t.co/XFeae22ltc
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) January 4, 2014
Johnson wrongly stated that Kirkpatrick was a model for Playgirl and apologized.
“The point was to do a kind of funny, ‘hey, look the New York Times editor posed nude’ and follow it up with a ‘hey, he digs the Muslim Brotherhood’ but it got out of hand when I believed the Princetonian’s satire issue and reported he posed for Playgirl,” Johnson said.
“I apologized then and now to David Kirkpatrick for thinking he posed for Playgirl based upon what I thought was reporting in the Daily Princetonian,” Johnson said. “It turns out he posed nude–just not for Playgirl. My bad.”
“Will Kirkpatrick apologize for getting it wrong in Egypt?” Johnson asked. “A man had his life ruined over what Kirkpatrick and other media stenographers ‘reported.'”
Johnson was the first journalist to interview Benghazi filmmaker Nakoula Nakoula for his alleged role in the film that didn’t cause the Benghazi riot.
— Jim Lakely (@jlakely) August 6, 2013