What is the situation with NBC correspondent Richard Engel’s capture in 2012?
To summarize, Engel said just after his hostage ordeal that he was taken hostage by a Shi’ite militia affiliated with the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, as well as Iran and Hezbollah.
However, it recently emerged that he was taken hostage by Syrian rebels who are possibly associated with the Sunni Free Syrian Army that the U.S. supports.
So he was apparently taken hostage by our allies, not our enemies. The story could have created a shift in foreign policy and public opinion against the Shi’ites of Assad, Iran, and Hezbollah and for the Sunni rebels.
His captivity showed the Sunnis of the Free Syrian Army in a good light and the Shi’ite militias in a bad light, whereas the truth was the opposite.
Many common news websites on the internet are actually conservative or right-wing websites. What about examiner.com?
Here’s what Wikipedia says about examiner.com:
“When (owner) Anschutz started the Examiner in its daily newspaper format, he envisioned creating a conservative competitor to The Washington Post.”
As if the Post isn’t already conservative enough.
Wikipedia states further that “According to Politico, ‘When it came to the editorial page, Anschutz’s instructions were explicit — he ‘wanted nothing but conservative columns and conservative op-ed writers,’ said one former employee.'”
“The unlucky readers are bombarded with wingnut news articles and an editorial section which runs the full spectrum from moderate-right to far-right.”
The Daily Kos stated:
“Many people in the blogosphere have been propagating a false story about how the OWS evictions were coordinated by the FBI and Homeland Security. This rumor is based on a story on a right wing website called examiner.com. This website and its owner are nothing but right wing shills.”
The Huffington Post (Terry Krepel):
“The Examiner has had a conservative skew from its inception, as exemplified by its early hiring of Bill Sammon, a former Washington Times staffer who penned several books laudatory of George W. Bush and his presidency even while serving as a White House correspondent. Sammon moved last year to Fox News, but he left no ideological vacuum behind.”