The role of the free press and the right of journalists to report has taken a most severe punch to the gut. And people need to know about it, and then care enough to demand answers.
Top Turkish security officials have concluded that the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on orders from the highest levels of the royal court, a senior official said Tuesday.
The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the purpose.
“It is like ‘Pulp Fiction,’” the official said.
There are piles of tweets and public statements showing the disdain, and even hatred, of Donald Trump towards reporters and the media. He has a deep loathing for the Washington Post and owner, Jeff Bezos. There is also a very tight and too-close-for-comfort relationship with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Mohammed bin Salman. Trump himself was played the fool at the summit in 2017 when he was dazzled with his image flashed upon a building. This would not be the first White House played by Saudi machinations.
So it comes as no surprise there are many questions to be asked about what the Trump White House knew leading up to the death of the Post reporter. Perhaps bin Salman shared his opinion of Khashoggi–even in a fleeting and indirect manner–with his good friends Kushner and Trump, knowing the contempt they felt towards the free press.
There is no way that the Saudis would kill a journalist living in the United States, and working for of all papers, the Post, without some checking to see what the ramifications would be. It is inconceivable that the Saudis would act without some license from the Trump White House.
This matter can not, and must not, be allowed to just fester like so many outrageous actions over the past 20 months. This nation has to stand up and morally condemn Saudi Arabia’s outrageous murder of a journalist. Without such a national response it means that America has lost her moral compass.
I have a feeling this is going to be Trump’s Benghazi when a Democratic House takes over.
This matter will not be allowed to slide away.