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Condemns Killing Of Ambassador Stevens And 3 Others In Libya,” Morning Edition “The protests were sparked yesterday by an American-made video circulating on the Web that ridicules Islam and the prophet Muhammad.” - Montagne “Apparently there‟s this video. It sparked protests also in Cairo, which did not end in – did not turn deadly, certainly.” - Montagne “The Libyans say that it was not only a protest against this video but that there were supporters of the ousted leader, Moammar Gadhafi, that got involved in this attack.” – Kelemen 9.12, “U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, Killed In Libya,” Morning Edition “Why would it be that the spreading of a video – because we are told that clips from a film that depicts the Prophet Muhammad in an offensive way were spreading through the Middle East – that that was the reason for the attack. Why would clips from a video then inspire large numbers of people to mount an armed attack on an American facility?” – Inskeep “We do know what happened and is continuing to happen in Cairo, and that is that some ultra-conservative groups known as Salafis have mobilized protests at the American embassy in Cairo because of this film clip.” – Wright (interviewed) “You said at the beginning there we don‟t know precisely what happened in Libya. Based on the information that you‟re trying to sift, as everyone else is, is it not clear to you what the motivation might really have been in Libya? – Inskeep “So we‟re going to be extremely careful in describing motivations, here.” – Inskeep “But the danger is that this film clip has an infectious effect across the region.” – Wright (interviewed) 9.12, “U.S. Confirms Death Of U.S. Ambassador, Staff,” Morning Edition “The attack was sparked in part by an American-made video that mocked the prophet Muhammad.” – Montagne 9.12, “US Ambassador Stevens And 3 Others Killed In Attack In Libya,” Morning Edition “Like the President and Secretary of State are trying to highlight, this is a small part of the community here, the – especially in the attack in Libya, which was really violent extremists. They were not protestors. They went with RPGs and weapons.” – Fadel “At the same time, there were people who seemed to respond violently to a film, or at least clips of a film that had been made in the United States that criticized or had a negative portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad.” – Inskeep “Well, the trailer of this film, it‟s a 14-minute trailer that portrays the prophet as a buffoon whose first convert to the religion is a donkey. So it is extremely offensive for Muslims who believe you should never depict the prophet at all. But the reason it became a rallying cry was that these clips were dubbed in Arabic and put on local channels here in Egypt, especially a channel called Al-Nas, a Salafi channel, which is an ultra-orthodox form of Islam. And so people – it became a rallying cry.” – Fadel
9.12, “Mitt Romney Addresses National Guard Convention,” Morning Edition Quick news mention: “They died at the hands of protestors in Benghazi, protesting an American-made video that denigrated the Prophet Muhammad.” – Montagne 9.12, “Attack In Libya Threatens To Upset U.S. Ties,” Morning Edition No mention of cause of attacks 9.12, “U.S. Ambassador Killed In Attack In Libya,” Morning Edition “That attack in Libya and another one on the U.S. embassy in Cairo were both sparked – we‟re told, anyway – by the same event, the same film out of the United States.” – Inskeep “Well, this film is a low-budget film. It was a trailer that was posted on YouTube in English, and then dubbed into Arabic. And it was broadcast on some pretty conservative fundamentalist Islamist channel here in Egypt. And it sparked a lot of outrage among all Muslims, but the most extreme of which went to protest outside the U.S. embassy. Most people here understand that it‟s not a government project, that it‟s just some film coming out of California from a director who does not like Muslims and does not like Islam. It escalated in Libya well beyond what they did here in Cairo, where they ripped down an American flag, were able to get into the embassy parameters here.” – Fadel 9.12, “Clinton: Libyan Attack Was By “Small, Savage Group,” All Things Considered “It‟s unclear what motivated the attack. There is speculation that protestors had gathered outside the consulate because they were angry over a trailer posted to YouTube for an American-made anti-Muslim film.” – Cornish “But there are also conflicting reports that the attack was well-coordinated and planned in advance.” – Block 9.12, “Attack On US Consulate In Libya Grew Out Of Protest,” All Things Considered “What people are telling me here is that the attacks began as an escalation of a protest that started – was supposed to be peaceful. It started off as a protest because of this anger towards this U.S.-produced film that people here say was insulting to the Prophet.” – Al-Shalchi (interviewed) “There are some people who say, you know, well, you know, this was a natural response to the anger of insulting our prophet. Other people say that, you know, even though we‟re angry about the movie, that this shouldn‟t have escalated the way it did and they feel really sorry and ashamed.” – Al-Shalchi (interviewed) 9.12, “US Sends Marines To Libya After Consulate Attack,” All Things Considered “In his public remarks, President Obama made no mention of the video that sparked the protests in Libya. It ridicules Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.” – Kelemen 9.12, “Anti-Islam Film May Be Connected To Libya Attack,” All Things Considered “We‟re going to hear more now about the film that was, at least in part, the catalyst for the violence in Libya, as well as protests in Egypt.” – Cornish “The apparent assumption of the mob that attacked the Libyan embassy was that this film was being broadcast widely on American TV for the anniversary of September 11th.” Aslan (quoted) “Aslan says those misperceptions are provoking groups that don‟t need any more provocation to commit violence.” – Blair 9.12, “Many Questions Remain After US Consulate Attack,” All Things Considered
“What isn‟t clear is whether it was planned much ahead. It isn‟t even clear if there were demonstrations like the ones we saw in Egypt against this new movie about the Prophet Muhammad, whether there were demonstrations of any size outside the consulate before the attack happened. They‟re trying to figure that out.” – Temple-Raston 9.12, “Ambassador To Libya Was Passionate About His Work,” All Things Considered No mention of film 9.12, “Romney Criticizes Obama‟s Response To Libya Attack,” All Things Considered “The president acknowledged that the attacks in Libya and similar protests in Cairo were apparently caused by anger over an amateur film made in American that some Muslims felt insulted the Prophet Mohammed.” – Liasson 9.12, “Political Roundup: The Turns Ahead On The Campaign Trail,” Talk Of The Nation “While news from Benghazi was just beginning to emerge, Mitt Romney criticized a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo, where the assault on the U.S. embassy there was thought to be motivated by a bigoted film on YouTube that ridicules the prophet Muhammad.” – Conan 9.12, “Outrage Builds After US Embassy Attacks,” Talk Of The Nation “The attacks in Libya and another in Egypt where protesters scaled the wall of the U.S. embassy and tore down the American flag apparently in response to a small online film that ridiculed Islam and the prophet Muhammad, and which happened to be made in the United States.” – Conan “There are indications, or there is some speculation or reports out there saying that this was armed Islamist militants taking advantage of the situation, taking advantage of the anger over this film to attack the consulate in Benghazi. But again, that‟s not anything that confirm or anybody really knows.” – Fadel “But a film like this, of course, low budget, probably wouldn't have even gone straight to DVD in the United States. Really, it was dubbed into Arabic and is very - considered very insulting in Islam. So it's a great opportunity for groups, militant Islamist groups, to take advantage of the situation and attack in the way they did yesterday.” – Fadel “The Afghan government condemned "Indore," the film, so there is a possibility of protest there. And the Brotherhood here, who have called for peaceful protest, again, on Friday, against this film. The prime minister in Egypt condemned the attack on the embassy and said nothing justifies what happened at the embassy yesterday. But at the same time, the government is calling for a legal action to be taken against the producers of this film and the Egyptian-Americans or Egyptians who live in the United States, the Coptic Christian Egyptians, who are accused of being connected to this film has been put on a watch list here. It's also important to know that four men had been arrested in Egypt in connection with the attack on the embassy last night.” - Fadel 9.12, “Opinion Page: The South China Sea‟s Gathering Storm,” Talk Of The Nation No mention of film 9.13, “How Benghazi Is Reacting To The Deadly Attacks,” Morning Edition
“What may make people speculate that it was a planned attack was the commander of an operations team that was involved in trying to safeguard the movements of 37 Americans staffers from a safe house to the airport in order for them to be Benghazi said that the safe house came under a sustained, accurate attack from six mortars - six rounds of mortars, and he said that it was impossible for any militant or for any regular former revolutionary or rebel to have that kind of accuracy when they were hitting what was supposed to be a secret location.” – Al-Shalchi (interviewed) “The majority of those people said two things. They said, first of all, why did the United States allow something like this movie to happen? Because at the end of the day, almost everybody here believes that it was a reaction to the movie that and they believe that the United States had a responsibility to stop the production or...” – Al-Shalchi (interviewed) “This is a film that was spreading on the Internet that was seen as insulting the Prophet Muhammad.” – Inskeep 9.13, “Attacks Move Foreign Policy To Center Of Campaign,” Morning Edition “That statement criticized a video depicting the Prophet Muhammad, which may have sparked the protest.” – Shapiro 9.13, “Anti-Islam Film Crafted To Provoke, Experts Say,” Morning Edition “For many Muslims, the film that sparked at least some of the anti-American violence in Egypt and Libya was breathtakingly offensive.” – Montagne Does not directly say that the film caused the attacks in Libya, more an examination of the film 9.13, “The Latest On The Attack In Benghazi,” Morning Edition “All of this purports to be a protest against a film that portrays the Prophet Muhammad in ways that many people find offensive.” - Inskeep “But he also continues to say that the prophet is a red line, that they cannot accept what was in this film and they expect the United States to punish the filmmakers.” – Fadel “Word spread of the protest in Cairo against a film that insulted Islam. Protesters headed to the consulate in Libya and the situation escalated.” – Montagne “And later, she says, it began to seem like an organized attack because of mortar fire that appeared to be carefully targeted. That's the information from Benghazi, Libya.” – Inskeep “There are lots of reports out there about the attack being planned, that it wasn't just a spontaneous protest that went awry, and that's something that the U.S. is trying to determine, but there's planned - like the Christmas day attempting bombing of a plane over Detroit, and then there's planned in the sense that extremists might be looking for an opportunity to attack, and the film protest, if that's what it was, gave them the opportunity they were looking for.” – TempleRaston “Is it abundantly clear here that this film that was shown on television that offended so many people was the reason for the attack, or when you look at the evidence, are there clues to think it was merely a pretext, or that it was more about the date 9/11 that would be the cause for an attack?” – Inskeep
“As Dina said, it's looking more and more like it was a great opportunity for extremists to take advantage of the situation and attack, but we really don't know. Witnesses we spoke to on the ground in Benghazi, including the son of the landlord of that building, the consulate building, said that it seemed quite organized, a two-pronged attack against both gates of the compound.” – Fadel 9.13, “More Protests Follow Deadly Attack On U.S. Consulate In Benghazi,” All Things Considered No mention of film 9.13, “Libyan Guards May Have Faltered At U.S. Consulate,” All Things Considered “The shooting started around 10:00 at night in Benghazi. Dozens of men armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades assaulted the American consulate in what U.S. officials say was a coordinated attack.” – Bowman No mention of film 9.13, “Obama Uses Colorado Stop To Address Foreign Policy,” All Things Considered No mention of film 9.13, “Protests Against Anti-Islam Video Spread To Yemen,” All Things Considered “Anger over the film has fueled not only the violent protest in Libya but also demonstrations in Cairo and in Yemen.” – Cornish 9.13, “The Attack In Libya, How The US Should Respond,” Talk Of The Nation “…an attack that House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers described to the Associated Press as a planned, coordinated, well-executed, military-style event.” - Conan “Just who produced, financed and translated the amateurish anti-Islam film that sparked at least some of the protests also remains murky.” - Conan “And we're talking about the events that happened on Tuesday in Benghazi, Tripoli and - excuse me, Benghazi, Libya; and also earlier that day in Egypt, those events apparently, at least in some places, in response to a film broadcast on YouTube, a trailer of an anti-Islamic diatribe.” - Conan “We can focus perhaps on that last one, and that is we in the West find it difficult to understand why an amateurish movie trailer, 14 minutes long, that very, very few people had ever heard of suddenly becomes such a cause célèbre.” – Conan “We're assuming that the killing of the American ambassador and his colleagues in Benghazi was in fact the consequence of this film, and that's by no means clear. Let me just remind you that President Obama's administration today announced that it was investigating other possibilities because it wasn't convinced that in fact that was the real cause in the context of Libya at least.” – Joffe (interviewed) 9.13, “Understanding Muslim Anger Over „Insulting‟ Film,” Tell Me More “But initially, the attack was thought to have been sparked by a trailer airing on YouTube, for a crudely produced film that is insulting to the central figure in Islam - the Prophet Muhammad - and to Islam more broadly. And protests over that video are spreading across the region, so we thought we would talk about what is happening and why.” - Martin “The Arabic version, obviously, was played in Egypt. It garnered a lot of attention. That led to the protests at the U.S. Embassy. And then, later on, it led to the protests at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.” – Foukara (interviewed)
“I mean, keep in mind, there's a difference between the Egyptian and the Libyan situation and the reactions - both in the motivation - in Libya, you have an extremist group, whatever, whether it's associated with al Qaida or not. It was planned, well armed. It was violent. They were out to kill.” – Esposito (interviewed)
9.14, “Inciting Outrage, Film „Innocence of Muslims‟ Spurs Delicate U.S. Diplomatic Response,” Morning Edition “Throughout today's program, we are tracking protests that have been planned today from North Africa to Southeast Asia, protests over an American-made video that ridicules the Prophet Muhammad, protest that are now in their fourth day.” – Inskeep “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is walking a fine line, distancing herself and the State Department as far as possible from the video that has sparked anger and protests across the Arab world.” – Kelemen 9.14, “What Anti-Islam Film Says About Free Speech And The Heckler‟s Veto,” Morning Edition “Now, after the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, the Google-owned YouTube website took down the video that led to the violence, but only in Libya and in Egypt.” – Inskeep 9.14, “US Warns Of More Demonstrations Over Anti-Islam Film,” Morning Edition “The demonstrations are being fueled by a film made in California which ridiculed the Prophet Muhammad and is unleashing old and deep resentments of the United States. Now, while protests have erupted in more than a dozen countries today in the Middle East and across other parts of Asia, these protests are not as large or as violent as some feared they might be on this day of Friday prayers. The fury has been aimed at American embassies and consular offices, other symbols of the West. In Sudan's capital city, Khartoum, crowds rushed the British and German embassies, but were pushed back. Protestors set fire to a KFC restaurant in northern Libya, in North Africa, protesting the American film, as well as the pope's visit to Lebanon. The demonstration started earlier this week, and on Tuesday, the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed, along with three American staff at the consulate in Benghazi.” - Inskeep “…we're monitoring demonstrations across the Arab world and the wider Muslim world, one of the reasons for those demonstrations believed to be an anti-Islamic film.” – Inskeep 9.14, “Anti-US Protests Expand And Remains Of American Victims Return From Libya,” All Things Considered “The unrest was sparked by a U.S.-made video that denigrates the Prophet Mohammed.” – Cornish 9.14, “More Protests Erupt After Weekly Prayers In Egypt,” All Things Considered “Protests, some deadly, erupted across the Muslim world today as anger spread over an amateur anti-Islam film produced in the U.S. American symbols including embassies, schools and restaurants - were attacked. In Egypt, protesters took to the streets for the fourth straight day.” – Cornish
“An amateur anti-Muslim film posted on YouTube and produced in the United States by a Coptic Christian has sparked angry and, in some cases, fatal protests across the Muslim world. In Libya, a U.S. ambassador and three staffers were killed, and today, smoke billowed from the embassy in Tunisia.” - Fadel 9.14, “Romney Adviser US Should Add Terms To Egypt Aid,” All Things Considered “As we reported, Romney took issue with the statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo about that anti-Muslim film.” – Cornish 9.14, “Paul Ryan Headlines Values Voter Summit,” All Things Considered “And, Don, foreign policy has dominated the news this week with the protests in Muslim countries and the return home today of the bodies of the Americans killed in the Libyan consulate.” – Cornish 9.14, “Did Romney Slip Up In Embassy Spat?” Tell Me More “And all this allegedly started with an online video. What can you tell us about this, Michel?” Izrael (interviewed) “Well, you know, Jimi, as I think most people know, this story is evolving and we're getting new details all the time. And I really encourage people to go to NPR.org and check out the latest reporting which has been extensive on this story. But the unrest is thought to have been sparked by a trailer for this crude video that posted on YouTube that essentially depicts the Prophet Mohammed, who is the central figure in Islam, as a fool, as a child molester, and as a killer, and people are saying, you know, that Muslims find it offensive.” - Martin “I mean, there are even reports that they had organized this and were just using the movie as a pretext.” – Loyola (interviewed) 9.15, “Foreign Policy Pulls Political Focus,” Weekend Edition Saturday No mention of film 9.15,”Reporter Hotline: What Awaits Abroad After Election,” Weekend Edition Saturday No mention of film 9.15, “Libya Hit With Turbulent Week,” Weekend Edition Saturday “There have been unexpectedly violent protests across much of the Arab world this week. The first was in Cairo. Then, of course, in Benghazi, Libya, protesters attacked and killed four U.S. embassy staff there.” – Simon “Is all of this unrest just about a movie trailer that relatively few people across the world have seen, or is something else at work here?” – Simon “Well, I think this film, this anti-Muslim film that was posted on YouTube and probably wouldn't have never seen the light of day if it wasn't aired on Al-Nas, which is an ultraconservative Muslim channel in Egypt, just sparked sort of frustrations that people are feeling across this region, not only towards the U.S.” – Fadel 9.15, “Former Diplomat: Doing A Good Job Invites Risk,” Weekend Edition Saturday “I think there are a number of motivations that drive mobs. One of them, obviously will be the issue of the day, in this case the video, but there are often are factors that go well beyond that.” – Crocker (interviewed) 9.15, “Does Middle East Unrest Go Beyond Film?” All Things Considered (Weekend) “From Tahrir Square, to Yemen, to Gaza, Muslim demonstrators have taken to the streets this week, sometimes violently. The protests accrued an obscure film that
demeans the Prophet Muhammad. In Libya earlier this week, four U.S. officials were killed in one of those protests.” - Raz “I just spoke with the president of Libya who says that he believes this was a preplanned attack. That the pretext of this anti-Muslim film was used to orchestrate what he called a foreign plan by al-Qaida using Libyan tools to a group called Ansar al-Sharia or at least part of that group. He says he believes that al-Qaida took advantage of the security vacuum in Libya and was able to infiltrate through Mali and Chad.” - Fadel “The question many Middle East watchers are now asking is whether these protests are really about this film or about something much more complicated.” – Raz “But what we are seeing is not just a reaction to this film clip, this trailer, this movie, whatever it is you want to call it, but an expression of frustration and a desire to throw off what people see as a power that has not been in the region to be benevolent, even though Americans look at it (unintelligible) to this new reality.” – Cook (interviewed) “And clearly, this movie clip was intended to offend as many people as possible and elicit this kind of reaction from a very small minority in the Muslim world.” – Cook (interviewed)
9.16, “Consulate Attack Preplanned, Libya‟s President Says,” Weekend Edition Sunday “Libya's president says he believes Muslim extremist group al-Qaida is behind this past week's deadly attack in eastern Libya which killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. U.S. officials say they have no evidence the attack was preplanned.” – Wertheimer “I ask if this attack was over an anti-Muslim film that sparked violent protests across the Muslim world. He shakes his head.” – Fadel “The idea that this criminal and cowardly act was a spontaneous protest that just spun out of control is completely unfounded and preposterous. We firmly believe that this was a pre-calculated, preplanned attack that was carried out specifically to attack the U.S. consulate.” – El-Megariaf (interviewed) 9.17, “Violent Protests Sparked By Anti-Islam Film Ebb,” Morning Edition “The violent protests outside U.S. diplomatic missions in the region - sparked by a roughly made film insulting Muhammad - have ebbed.” – Montagne “Well, Libya's president is telling us that he believes that over the last few months, foreigners came here from Mali, from Algeria, that are linked to al-Qaida and used a Libyan extremist group - or at least part of that group - to carry out the attack. He's saying this was pre-planned, that this was not a protest that's gone awry, but an attack on U.S. consulates for historic grievances between these groups.” – Fadel “Well, U.S. officials are investigating how well planned this attack was, but publically, we heard from Ambassador Susan Rice - she's the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and she was on all of the Sunday talk shows yesterday, many of them - repeating that this was caused by the video. It was the video that sparked outrage and anger, much like the cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad or
"The Satanic Verses." And then in the case of Libya, she said it was a protest that was hijacked by extremists who came in with heavier weapons.” – Kelemen 9.17, “Worries At Home From Anti-American Protests,” Morning Edition “The violence mostly against American facilities is blamed on a video with a mocking portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad.” – Inskeep “I thought it was very telling, yesterday, that Ambassador Rice was so insistent that the cause of the riots was that movie, not U.S. policy.” – Roberts (interviewed) 9.17, “Violence Takes Root In Post-Gadhafi Security Vacuum,” All Things Considered “Libya's president claims that al-Qaida took advantage of the security vacuum in Libya and worked with local militants to carefully plan and stage the assault. The U.S. says there's no evidence the attack was planned.” – Cornish 9.17, “Politics, Religion And Power Behind Protests,” Talk Of The Nation “In Beirut today, American diplomats burned classified documents as a security precaution while Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance to demand suppression of an Internet video that's triggered sometimes deadly protests since last week.” – Conan “While protests were also reported in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Indonesia, today, the wave may have begun to subside enough to look beneath and ask whether this was a response to an offensive movie clip, anger at U.S. policies over the past decades, manipulation by hard-line elements.” – Conan “There's no question that there is reaction to the film in many different cities across the world. There's no question about that. It's also looking more and more likely that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi was a deliberate attack by armed extremists that maybe had nothing to do with the film.” – Shehata (interviewed) “Why - this reaction to this amateurish movie seen by virtually no one just seems so far out of proportion to have killed an American ambass - well, again, if that attack was planned, that was different, right.” – Conan “In fact, in fact I think there's no question that the vast majorities in Muslimmajority countries, although they are outraged at the film and probably have different conceptions of free speech than Professor Ajami, are not engaging in violence and in fact have denounced, in many cases, the violent attack on the American ambassador in Libya, the killing of Americans in Libya, as well as violence against American diplomatic facilities overseas.” – Shehata (interviewed) “There's apparent disagreement, though, over whether that attack was planned or not. Susan Rice, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, said yesterday the evidence so far shows no sign it was premeditated or timed to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11. She described it as, quote, a hijacking by armed extremists of a spontaneous protest against the anti-Islamic film we've been speaking about. That account, though, does not fit the version of events described by Libya's interim president, who said yesterday it was planned definitely by people who entered the country a few months ago. They were planning this criminal act since their arrival. The investigation continues. We'll likely learn
more in the coming days. The protests sparked by that film also continue.” – Conan 9.18, “Letters: Romney‟s Foreign Policy Adviser, Antietam,” All Things Considered No mention of film 9.18, “Journalist Examines Chaotic Fighting In Syria,” Fresh Air “How - you know, those Salafists want to come back into the surface and they find in this film as an opportunity, be it in Libya, they find in the Jihadi movements in Syria now as an opportunity for them to come on the surface.” – Abdul-Ahad (interviewed) 9.19, “France Braces For Backlash From Muslim Cartoon,” All Things Considered “A French satirical newspaper today published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad, this after a massive protest over a derogatory video about Muhammad produced in the U.S. Those demonstrations have been linked to the deaths of at least 30 people in seven countries including the American ambassador to Libya.” – Cornish “The French government ordered the immediate closure of its embassy and schools here in Tunisia because of deadly film-related protests last Friday at the American embassy here.” – Beardsley 9.19, “Debunking The „Myth Of The Muslim Tide,‟” Fresh Air “The violent protests that erupted in the Middle East over a video insulting the Prophet Muhammad were in part a reflection of conflicting values: Islamic strictures on images of the prophet versus the Western principle of respect for free speech.” - Gross “I mean, in Libya, where the demonstrations either caused or allowed somebody to get away with the death of the American ambassador to Libya, a guy I knew and admired, the majority of the Libyan population had just elected a secular, liberal government and twice as many secular liberals as Islamists.” – Saunders (interviewed) 9.20, “Libyan Group Denies Role In U.S. Consulate Attack,” Morning Edition No mention of film 9.20, “Official Versions Diverge Over U.S. Consulate Attack,” Morning Edition “On one side, there is the Obama administration. It says the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, was spontaneous and involved local Islamist militias. The president of Libya blames it on foreign fighters linked to al-Qaida, and calls it a premeditated strike.” – Montagne “What we don't have, at this point, is specific intelligence that there was a significant advanced planning or coordination for this attack. Again, we're still developing facts, and still looking for any indications of substantial advanced planning. We just haven't seen that, at this point.” – Olsen (quoted) “I've come to the opposite conclusion, and agree with the president of Libya that this was a premeditated, planned attack.” – Collins (quoted) 9.20, “Libyan Militiaman Says He Warned U.S. Of Dangers,” All Things Considered
“Today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a panel to investigate last week's deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.” – Cornish 9.20, “Mideast Violence Prompts Calls For New U.S. Policy,” All Things Considered “If all of our work, if all of our diplomacy, if all of our military activities over the years can be undone by this silly video, and protests erupt in how many countries now? If that can happen in the span of a few days, what have we really purchased? With all this work, with all this risk and even lives lost, what has it bought us?” Preble (quoted) 9.20, “Americans Abroad, Working Under Fire,” Talk Of The Nation “We're seeing more protests today against the bigoted film trailer that sparked riots across the Muslim world last week.” – Conan 9.25, “Obama: No Video Justifies Attack On Embassy,” Morning Edition “The president has been struggling to contain widespread anger in the Muslim world, sparked in part by an anti-Islam video.” – Greene “There's no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. There's no slander that provides an excuse for people to burn a restaurant in Lebanon, or destroy a school in Tunis, or cause death and destruction in Pakistan.” – President Obama (quoted) 9.25, “Obama, Romney To Address Clinton Global Initiative,” Morning Edition “That changed recently when a film produced in the United States prompted protests across the Muslim world, including the killing of a U.S. ambassador, one of the things we are expecting the president to talk about shortly.” – Inskeep 9.25, “Clinton Kicks Off A Busy Week Of Diplomacy,” Morning Edition “President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, at a time when U.S. embassies and consulates have been the target of protests across the Muslim world. Mr. Obama's aides say he will use this speech to again condemn the anti-Islam video that offended many Muslims.” – Greene 9.25, “Obama Calls For Tolerance At U.N. General Assembly,” All Things Considered “He was speaking about a wave of anti-American violence that swept the Muslim world, after the release of a anti-Islam video made here in the U.S. President Obama also spoke about the U.S. ambassador who was killed in Libya, and said all countries in the U.N. have an interest in fighting extremism.” – Block 9.25, “CNN Defends Reporting On Slain Ambassador‟s Diary,” All Things Considered “CNN found information in that journal that brought into question what was behind the attack. The White House initially cast blame on outrage, stoked by Muslim extremists, against a video insulting the Prophet Muhammad.” – Folkenflik “He talked about being worried about what he called the never-ending security threats, specifically in Benghazi with a source telling us that the ambassador specifically mentioned the rise in Islamic extremism, the growing al-Qaida presence in Libya and said he was on an al-Qaida hit list.” – Cooper (quoted) 9.25, “Obama And Romney Address U.S. Foreign Policy,” Talk Of The Nation “Our Ambassador to Libya was assassinated in a terrorist attack.” – Romney (quoted) 9.26, “Weighing Candidates‟ Foreign Policies,” Tell Me More No mention of video
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