By: Roger Aronoff
Accuracy in Media
Accuracy in Media (AIM), along with some of the country’s top retired military officers and national security officials, will hold a press conference on Tuesday, July 30, to launch the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi. The press conference is at noon in The Zenger Room at the National Press Club. The newly formed group will focus on resolving some of the many questions surrounding the September 11th attacks last year on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, and the nearby CIA Annex, that remain unanswered to this day.
I am proud to stand with this distinguished group, which at this time includes the following (alphabetical order):
- Larry Bailey, Capt. (SEAL), USN (Ret.)
- Charles Jones, B/Gen., USAF (Ret.)
- Clare Lopez, former CIA operations officer
- Admiral James Lyons (Ret.)
- General Thomas McInerney (Ret.)
- Wayne Morris Col USMC (Ret)
- Wayne Simmons, former CIA officer
- General Paul Vallely (Ret.)
- Former Congressman and Retired Army Colonel Allen West
We anticipate additional members in the coming days and weeks. Accuracy in Media has had a long history of working with and supporting America’s military, often in the face of severe criticism by the media. Reed Irvine founded AIM in 1969 because of media coverage of the Vietnam War, and the related Cold War. Later, in the 1980s, when PBS produced their 13 part series called “Vietnam: A Television History,” AIM answered back with a two-part documentary called “Television’s Vietnam,” which exposed the many inaccuracies and deceptions in the PBS series.
Irvine, who had himself been a Marine Intelligence officer in World War II, was passionate about his patriotism, and the role of the military in preserving our freedoms. AIM was in the forefront of the highly contentious issue of Prisoners of War, Missing in Action (POW/MIA). There were those in Congress and the media who didn’t want to accuse the Soviet Union, or the North Vietnamese, of lying about how many of our POWs they were holding, and how many had died in their captivity.
Today, we continue to honor Reed Irvine’s memory, and the organization he founded, by standing up for our military, and the values they represent. That is why AIM has established the Citizens’ Committee on Benghazi. At the July 30th press conference, members of the newly formed commission will state their intentions to investigate in a public forum, the scandal of the Obama Administration known as Benghazi, or BenghaziGate. And it’s not, by any means, as the Administration talking points describe it, a “phony scandal.”
We will announce plans to hold a conference in September, possibly the first of several, in attempt to ascertain what happened and who was responsible for the failure to provide sufficient security, or to withdraw our ambassador to Libya, who was one of four people killed on September 11, 2012. Also, was the failure to bring military assets to bear in a way that might have saved some of those lives a dereliction of duty? And finally, the cover-up, and the role of the media. You can see the entire press release here. More to follow.
Roger Aronoff is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.