The PointBy Daniel Greenfield

The Washington Post Isn't "Investigating" the Khashoggi Case, It's Running a Political Campaign

Here’s a contextual reminder.

The entire Khashoggi circus only happened because the Saudis got into a struggle with the Muslim Brotherhood, and its Turkish and Qatari backers. The media never discusses the men behind the curtain, only the Saudis. It hardly even mentions the Brotherhood.

How invested is the media in this?

Don’t believe any nonsense about the media investigating the Khashoggi case. As this story about the Washington Post’s hardball tactics show, it’s running a political campaign. The question is why is the Washington Post colluding with Qatar and Turkey?

If certain anti-Trump Republican senators were serious, they would stop pandering to the media on the case and ask it some questions.

The Washington Post told a prominent Republican lobbyist he’d lose his gig as a contributing opinion writer unless he stopped lobbying for Saudi Arabia, a spokesperson for the newspaper confirmed Tuesday.

The ultimatum came after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. permanent resident who was a columnist for the Post and wrote critically of the Saudi government. Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, and allegations that he was killed by Saudi authorities have strained the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.

The lobbyist, Ed Rogers, the chairman of the BGR Group, writes for the newspaper’s PostPartisan blog.

Kristine Coratti Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Post, confirmed that the newspaper told Rogers he’d no longer be able to contribute if he continued to lobby for Saudi Arabia. She declined to comment further.

Jeff Bezos, I’m sure, could not be reached for comment either.