‘What changed?’ Jake Tapper’s fact check of Trump spox about who didn’t kill Gaddafi collides with 2011 reporting
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.
— Hogan Gidley (@hogangidley45) January 10, 2020
CNN’s Jake Tapper was among journos who went into immediate fact-check mode:
Gaddafi wasn’t killed by the US https://t.co/y87kUXOCoi
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 10, 2020
It might have been best to leave Gidley’s claim about Gaddafi alone, but journalism in the Trump era doesn’t allow that.
Things not to do: don’t be a journalist and an activist at the same time
— Harushyamagara (@TheophileHarus) January 11, 2020
That’s 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
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 20, 2011
Wait, no reminder that “Gaddafi wasn’t killed by the U.S.” 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."
— 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
— It's still 2016 apparently (@jtLOL) January 11, 2020
“What happened” indeed!
So Jake, what changed? https://t.co/9aGSz5QWTg
— This is A Parody Of A Parody Of A Parody… (@NoJustNo143) January 11, 2020
The Obama Administration took a victory lap taking credit for Gaddafi’s death. https://t.co/eaovZuXMXR
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 11, 2020
So it’s come to this:
Gadhafi wasn't killed by Obama. Also, Obama killed Gadhafi. https://t.co/qPHKbL03pU
— Dennis (@Dengony) January 11, 2020
“Journalism” in 2020 is going to be even more facepalm-inducing than it was in the previous three years.