Lara Logan – Journalistic Integrity – it’s not always an Oxymoron

Posted on October 11, 2012


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I have the sense that I’ve just discovered the needle – or at least a needle, in the proverbial haystack.  A field reporter inside the belly of the beast – the legacy, political, corporate media, that has actually dared to contradict that media’s anointed President and his administration.

It’s a little shocking to hear what I’m hearing from anyone drawing a paycheck from CBS News. You might remember the name Lara Logan.  She’s the young woman, who while in Egypt, covering the rebellion and protests, was brutally sexually attacked by a mob of thugs in Tahrir Square.

This is the first time I’ve heard Ms. Logan speak at length.  It was a bit of a revelation to discover not only the depth of her understanding of the evolution of America’s involvement in Afghanistan, but in the region in general.

You would expect that to be the case with someone who has been covering that region on the ground for several years; but more significantly, I was taken with her steadfast journalistic integrity.   That, as in the title of this piece, seems like less of a contradiction to me than it did before seeing this brave and extraordinary young woman address this crowd at the Better Government Association (BGA) Annual Lunchion on October 2nd .

Ms. Logan fits comfortably within that rarefied group that I classify as ‘Anti-Blasted Fools’.   I get the impression that some of the reporters on hand, were not entirely prepared for or content with the subject matter or her presentation of it.

There is a bracing moral clarity and an intense uncompromising determination to put forth the truth regardless of consequences.  Her bosses can’t possibly be enthusiastic about a well known 60 minutes correspondent openly calling out Obama and his administration for lying about the facts for the entire run of his presidency.  Some of the many highlights of this speech involve:

  • her charge that “I knew we were being lied to, I knew we were being misled”
  • General Allen, alluding to the mismanagement of the Afghan campaign, in which he states “We’re willing to sacrifice a lot for this campaign, but we’re not willing to be murdered for it”.
  • Ms. Logan’s conclusion that the Taliban and AlQueda have infiltrated the Afghan military and Police, and that “Pakistan is the root of the problem”.
  • The Obama Administration, as in so many other areas, is engaged in “a major lie being propagated about the real situation”.

The sum total of her remarks at length, is a damning indictment of the dishonesty and political manipulation by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, with the top Pentagon brass playing a backup role.

I’ve transcribed portions of the speech myself, because I searched extensively for a transcript on line and could not find a one.  I believe the significance of her fusillade against the current regime in the White House are too important for me to simply paraphrase.

What’s more, I want you to have the quotes as ammunition in any discussions you may have on this topic, because it is important to recognize that this is not coming from a component of the alternative conservative media – this is from a front line investigative journalist employed by a major entity of the legacy media.

Here are the key sections of her address to a group of 1,100 members of the Better Government Association, right smack in the heart of Obama’s secondary political empire in Chicago:

“You would have heard bandied around, the number 50, all the time. The head of the CIA, other officials of the administration love to tell us that today there are only 50 Al Queda left in Afghanistan and the impression we’re given is that they are only 1 drone strike away from obliteration, and that’s just simply not true.”

And the beat reporting is a great thing because there is nothing like that institutional knowledge and that depth of knowledge over time and that gut feeling that you have that tells you when someone’s full of shit.”

I’ve had a lot of such ‘gut feelings’ over the last 3 years and 11 months.  The truth deficit of this illegitimate regime is sufficient to produce a kind of mental ‘irritable bowel syndrome’.

“There has been a narrative coming out of Washington for the last few years, many (sic) of it driven by Pakistani lobbying money and by Taliban apologists”.

Next, she puts a fine point on the propaganda about the Taliban having experienced an epiphany of moderation and the false equivalency of comparing the War on Terror to Vietnam:

“The Viet Cong didn’t care what we did when we went back to America. The Viet Cong weren’t fighting for an Islamic Caliphate.  The Viet Cong didn’t have a global struggle.  This is terrorism!”

“Our way of life is under attack and if you think that’s government propaganda and if you think that’s nonsense, if you think that’s war mongering, you’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about the fight.  In your arrogance, you think you write the script, but you don’t.

As a reporter doing investigative work, I chose this subject because; one – I can’t, I can’t stand that there is a major lie being propagated about the real situation.  I don’t care who is in power, I don’t care who is behind it.”

Not from a strictly journalistic standpoint, she doesn’t – but we, whose sons, daughters, friends and neighbors, who are being used as a lab experiment for nation building and containment strategies as opposed to an all out effort for victory, do.

“And for me, if you fail to identify what your enemy is really fighting for, if you lie about who they really are – I don’t see how you can possibly have the right strategy”

I felt that I knew where she was going with that and what it points towards.  Then in the next breath, she confirmed my hunch:

“And when I look at what’s happening in Libya, there is a big song and dance about whether this was a terrorist attack or a protest and you just want to scream, ‘for God’s sake!, are you kidding me?  The last time we were attacked like this was the U.S.S. Cole, which was a prelude to the 1998 Embassy bombings, which was a prelude to 9/11…and you’re sending in the FBI to investigate?

I hope to God, that you’re sending in your best clandestine warriors who are going to exact revenge and let the World know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil – that its Ambassador will not be murdered and the United States will not stand by and do nothing about it.”

The video portrays the conviction that she projects in this speech, much better that the printed word can. I would submit the following take aways that resonated with me personally.  First, this all begs the obviously rhetorical question – is this the tip of the iceberg in terms of what vitally important information this administration is withholding for purely political reasons?

The prognosis of my affliction of allergic reactions to a steady stream of lies, obfuscation and annihilation of facts coming from the ‘Imposter in Chief’ and his apparatchiks, suggest that to me.

Mitt Romney, must address, must confront Obama with this in the next debate.  If he doesn’t – not only is he squandering perhaps the greatest opportunity to drive the stake through the heart of a deceitful and treacherous regime – he is depriving the American people of the knowledge – the only kind of knowledge with which they can properly inform their decision in this election.

It will be quite telling if he avoids and fritters away the occasion of exposing Obama’s political manipulation of America’s forces in harm’s way.