Rupert Murdoch Selfie

Well this is strange. On Sunday the New York Post, a property owned by conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, published an investigative report alleging the involvement of Saudi Arabian government officials in the 9/11 terrorist attacks titled “Inside the 9/11 Coverup.” The thesis of the piece is that the 9/11 hijackers were not only mostly from Saudi Arabia but had received financial and operational support from Saudi government officials and that after the attacks the Saudi government used its political connections in the Bush White House to coverup their involvement.

The Saudis deny any role in 9/11, but the CIA in one memo reportedly found “incontrovertible evidence” that Saudi government officials — not just wealthy Saudi hardliners, but high-level diplomats and intelligence officers employed by the kingdom — helped the hijackers both financially and logistically. The intelligence files cited in the report directly implicate the Saudi embassy in Washington and consulate in Los Angeles in the attacks, making 9/11 not just an act of terrorism, but an act of war.

The findings, if confirmed, would back up open-source reporting showing the hijackers had, at a minimum, ties to several Saudi officials and agents while they were preparing for their attacks inside the United States.

Does that sound familiar? It should if you saw the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 which was endlessly maligned in conservative media outlets, particularly those owned by Rupert Murdoch such as Fox News and the NY Post. But now it seems, almost ten years after ripping the film and calling the filmmaker a conspiracy theorist, the conservative Murdoch media machine is conceding the argument.

Shock: today’s Murdoch owned highly conservative New York Post features an opinion piece backing Michael Moore‘s Bush-Saudi claims from “Fahrenheit 911.” It’s the main story on the Post’s website with a huge photo and prominent placement. The story is also featured in a color block headline on the front page of today’s paper.

Moore must get a lot of satisfaction out of this. It’s only taken a decade for a conservative pundit writing in a conservative newspaper to endorse his movie.

According to an old Asian proverb – if you wait by the river long enough you will see the bodies of your enemies floating by. It seems Moore only had to wait ten years or so to see the Bush Administration’s chief defenders sacrifice their old friends for some sales. Or, of course, they finally found all the evidence required to meet their astronomically high standard of proof.

In any case, let us all appreciate we were by the river long enough to see one of Rupert Murdoch’s most powerful media assets publish an exposé of the Bush Administration validating Moore’s left-wing conspiracy theory. Next will Fox News admit Bush lied to get us into the Iraq War?

We’ll be waiting.