The New York Times said Monday’s op-ed by a Guantanamo Bay inmate “was an easy call to publish,” stemming early criticism by those on the conservative right.
“The value of today’s piece by the Guantanamo detainee is obvious and it was an easy call to publish it,” Eileen Murphy, a Times spokeswoman, told us in an email. “Guantanamo is run by the United States and these hunger strikes are happening. Readers have a right to know, in fact we would argue, they need to know about them.”
The Times published on Monday an op-ed by Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, an 11-year inmate at Guantanamo Bay. The Yemeni national dictated the details of his harsh treatment and ongoing hunger strike through a translator.
On Fox Nation, the aggregation site renowned for its hard-nosed reporting and indelible racial sensitivity, a link to the op-ed bore the headline, “NYT Publishes Op-Ed From Gitmo Terrorist.” Had they read the piece, they’d see in the third paragraph — as HuffPost Media astutely pointed out — the so-called “terrorist” says “I have never been charged with any crime.” Including, among those zero crimes charged, terrorism.
Ari Fleischer, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush, was among the first to question the piece, dismissing the “mainstream media’s” Gitmo coverage alongside that of the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the alleged mass murdering abortionist.
“Interesting 2see today what gets more MSM pick up…Gosnell or al HASAN MOQBEL, Gitmo terrorist, who has an op-Ed in NYT,” he tweeted.
But the dismissal came right back at him.
“These things have absolutely nothing to do with each other,” Murphy told us.