-By Warner Todd Huston
Just before the crowd in Cairo, Egypt erupted in violence against the U.S. embassy there, CNN’s cameras were in the capital interviewing protesters who said that the main purpose for their protest was to have Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman (known as the ‘Blind Sheik’) released from a U.S. prison. Yet as soon as the riots began, CNN began to push the false story that the riots were sparked by some low-budget American movie that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad.
The very day before rioters stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo, CNN’s Nic Robertson filmed an interview with a handful of Islamists right outside the U.S. embassy. One of those protesters that CNN interviewed was the Blind Sheik’s brother, Mohamed al Zawahiri.
The Blind Sheik’s brother had an absurd “peace plan” proposal that he thought would end the blood shed between Muslims and the west and it was this so-called plan for peace that formed the basis for CNN’s report. But what is more interesting about the interview was that it serves as proof that the riots that happened hours later were not about any movie but were started in order to push for the release of The Blind Sheik.
Egyptian President Morsi has in the past expressed solidarity with Sheik Abdel-Rahman claiming that as Egypt’s president he’d work to have the U.S. free the terrorist. Morsi claimed this only two months ago proving that the release of Abdel-Rahman has been a key issue in his country.
It is obvious that President Morsi is deeply in sympathy with the protesters that formed the basis for the protests that turned to violence on Sept. 11. It’s no wonder he was so slow to condemn the violence in his own country.
Yet, with all the evidence that the situation in Cairo and the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya were coordinated attacks, the Old Media establishment in the U.S. continues to push the false tale that these protests were somehow caused by a low-budget American movie.
These media outlets know full well that these outrages were not “caused” by any junk movie made in the U.S.A. Still they continue to push the false narrative.
There is but one reason for this. The Old Media establishment wants to make these protests America’s fault and this faux movie story is tailor made to push that narrative.