As we told you yesterday, there were many blue check politicians and reporters attempting to fact check the following tweet from principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley:
Soleimani was, in fact, planning "imminent attacks." While Democrats and the media quibble over its definition, quick point: When Obama killed bin Laden, al-Awlaki and Gaddafi, without Congressional approval, there were NO "imminent attacks" and Democrats did not ask or care.
â Hogan Gidley (@hogangidley45) January 10, 2020
CNNâs Jake Tapper was among journos who went into immediate fact-check mode:
Gaddafi wasnât killed by the US https://t.co/y87kUXOCoi
â Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 10, 2020
It might have been best to leave Gidleyâs claim about Gaddafi alone, but journalism in the Trump era doesnât allow that.
Things not to do: donât be a journalist and an activist at the same time
â Harushyamagara (@TheophileHarus) January 11, 2020
Thatâs good advice because when Barack was the U.S. president after Gaddafi was killed, Tapper quoted an Obama staffer saying this:
Official:"OBL, Awlaki, and Gadhafi Have All Met Their Demise In Some Fashion Because of Decisions the President Made" http://t.co/4ygy3cDn
â Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 20, 2011
Wait, no reminder that âGaddafi wasnât killed by the U.S.â back then? Shocker.
In 2011, CNN reported it as follows:
https://t.co/q3TjmK2XDW "U.S., NATO and French officials said transitional government fighters captured Gadhafi's convoy after French warplanes and a U.S. drone forced it to a halt on the way out of Sirte."
â Chadwick Redmayne (@RichardMHeim) January 10, 2020
Wow, the media spin changed direction fast!
You didn't have a problem with that version of the truth then, Jake. What happened? https://t.co/hHR38X1jRK
â It's still 2016 apparently (@jtLOL) January 11, 2020
âWhat happenedâ indeed!
So Jake, what changed? https://t.co/9aGSz5QWTg
â This is A Parody Of A Parody Of A ParodyâŚ (@NoJustNo143) January 11, 2020
The Obama Administration took a victory lap taking credit for Gaddafiâs death. https://t.co/eaovZuXMXR
â Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 11, 2020
So itâs come to this:
Gadhafi wasn't killed by Obama. Also, Obama killed Gadhafi. https://t.co/qPHKbL03pU
â Dennis (@Dengony) January 11, 2020
âJournalismâ in 2020 is going to be even more facepalm-inducing than it was in the previous three years.