CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other main stream media outlets are pushing hard for retaliation against Saudi Arabia. At this point they’re calling for U.S. Government, U.S. Private sector and U.S. Public condemnation of Saudi Arabia and specifically the new Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
If you’re even the slightest bit of a critical thinker you’ll notice two things. One, we are at the same place of immediate action before discovery of truth AKA guilty until proven innocent as we were with the Kavanaugh situation a few weeks ago. Second, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you realize that mainstream media is extraordinarily biased to the point objective journalism is no longer even considered by them.
So, immediately when I saw the mainstream media rushing to judgement, I wondered why as journalism is supposed to be about truth. Once again though, the narrative is to punish first then get the facts later. There are hundreds of examples of narrative pushing besides the ones above in the last week. What do they have to gain from turning the world against the new Saudi Prince?
It turns out quite a lot.
If you remember the Saudi purge from last year in November. The Saudi’s seized somewhere between 50-100 Billion dollars from Saudi Royal Family (SRF) members who were charged with corruption. One of those SRF members was Al-Waleed bin Talal. Al-Waleed was one of the wealthiest Saudis, appearing on the Forbes Billionaire list in 2017 with a net worth of 18.7 billion dollars.
He had ties to Silicon Valley, U.S. banking, and U.S. Democratic political candidates. He made waves in 2015 when he attacked Donald Trump via Twitter. He has boasted that he is able to impact U.S. elections. He is a good friend and close ally to Tony and John Podesta, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin. His donations to the Clintons and Podestas number in the hundreds of millions of dollar over the last 20 years. They are made to charities like the Clinton Global Initiative and the Podesta Group. When he attacked Trump in 2015, Trump made a threat back.
You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America.
Withdraw from the U.S presidential race as you will never win.
— الوليد بن طلال (@Alwaleed_Talal) December 11, 2015
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2015
“Can’t do it when I get elected.”
As we know President Trump did get elected. Four Months later and he was headed for a Trip to Saudi Arabia to meet Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Father. They were opening what is essentially an anti terror headquarters. Saudi Arabia has long had issues with terrorism being funded and supported in their region. Michael Moore made it the focus of his Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary in 2004. Leftists fought for a decade and a half to bring Saudi Arabia’s connection to terror to the forefront.
Five months after the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology the Saudi purge started. Mohammed bin Salman had taken over as Crown Prince. On his orders, numerous senior state ministers were dismissed. A dozen princes were arrested and jailed including Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Jamal Khashoggi a close friend of bin Talal’s was contacted shortly before bin Talal’s arrest.
“Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi told Deutsche Welle on Wednesday that detained Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal contacted him just days before being arrested. According to Khashoggi, Bin Talal praised Mohamed bin Salman’s vision and invited him to come back to the Kingdom and be part of it.” Source Al Jazeera
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal was released from imprisonment nearly 3 months later after agreeing to pay a fine for his crimes of corruption. After paying that fine, he fell out of the Forbes Billionaire list. All 18.7 billion dollars he had the previous year, now gone. You can imagine he’d be quite irate. Decades of mixing it up with the top businessmen, bankers and politicians had come to an end under Mohammed bin Salman’s reign. Now powerless to influence, bribe and dominate. Saudi Arabia was finally starting to crack down on its terror connections.
Jamal Khashoggi went from being a Saudi elite to a Saudi dissident starting with bin Salman’s reign as Crown Prince. Khashoggi’s uncle Adnan Khashoggi, a billionaire arms dealer was a key figure in the Iran Contra Affair. His cousin was Dodi Fayed. His Grandfather was the personal physician of King Abdulaziz Al Saud. Khashoggi was a big fan and friend of Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud the former Crown Prince who lost his throne to bin Salman. Khashoggi was also friends with Osama bin Laden and his career moment was interviewing bin Laden in the late 90’s. Khashoggi spoke of how he wept when bin Laden was killed. He praised ISIS for beheading people on twitter. He is condemned almost unanimously on the internet by moderate muslims for being a “terrorist disguised as a journalist.”
So what does it all mean? Khashoggi, who opposed bin Salman for bringing Saudi Arabia up to speed with things like allowing women to drive, praised and hung around with terrorists, and comes from a well connected family, seems to be quite a bit more complex than “just a journalist.” Mohammed bin Salman has made a campaign to modernize Saudi Arabia and to combat deep terrorist links there. Khashoggi seems to thrive in an extremist world.
“The period that began with MBS’s coming to power left no room for Jamal to express himself as an intellectual” – Yasin Aktay
Some things to consider… Khashoggi was absolutely able to marry his wife in the U.S. There was no need for him to go to Turkey and then the Saudi Consulate. Neither his home country of Saudi Arabia or his fiancee’s home country Turkey are on the travel ban list. They could have gone to the Saudi Consulate in the U.S., so why take such a risk? Khashoggi is only confirmed to be missing at this moment. There is no body, murder weapon, or confirmed audio or visual media to support that he has been killed. Just like with Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings we are being spoon fed tidbits to get us emotional without any meat on the bones. Just enough that you can imagine it happened, but not enough that you can prove it happened.
Why is the mainstream media pushing so hard to frame the narrative he was killed by Saudi Arabia without any tangible evidence? Usually it’s to drive a favorable outcome to their leftist, globalist agenda. Turkey actually jails journalists who write things they don’t like. Now all of a sudden they’re speaking up for a journalist? I wonder if Mohammed bin Salman’s purge cut off massive funding to globalist, leftists, Democrats and terrorists. Somewhere between 50-100 billion dollars seized from individuals who readily donated to those causes. Is this the payback to Mohammed bin Salman from the globalists? Take our money, destroy our plans, so now we’re gong to destroy you.
I don’t have all of the answers. A book could be written chasing all of these connections. I’m in no way saying if they did kill him it’s ok or supporting that. I’m searching for the truth. I’m simply wondering why people with journalism degrees are framing the narrative instead of seeking the truth. Why aren’t they digging into Khashoggi’s background? Why are they no longer talking about how bin Salman just took a dump on some very powerful globalists and took their cash. Why aren’t they connecting the dots and asking the hard questions? That’s their job isn’t it? Why would the U.S. destroy their relationship with an ally who’s offering unprecedented cooperation because of hearsay? Because a foreign journalist is missing and the media has pointed their finger without evidence once again?
A final question emerges from this situation that begs to be answered. Mainstream media is in an uproar because this is a “journalist.” That begs the question, if a terrorist member of ISIS also writes for a publication and decides to move to the U.S. does he get the same protections as our own press? Is he then part of the “free press” and all past actions and views are forgiven? Do we rush to his aid the same as if he is one of our own? The supposed “free press” in this country is showing how confined they actually are with the immediate agenda pushing over journalistic integrity. All leads are not being followed, no stones are being turned over, and many questions are sitting without attempts to answer them. They have Turkey’s word and talk of a recording. This world where they have recently resided where whatever they say is the truth, even if nothing corroborates it, isn’t one anyone wants to live in.
Keep seeking truth, even if they won’t. Just because everyone is reading from the same script, doesn’t make it the truth.