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Ambassador Essay

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On September 11, 2012, American Ambassador Christopher Stevens was attacked in Benghazi, Libya (BBC, pars. 1). Along with Stevens, three other Americans were killed, and the American Consulate was set on fire (BBC, pars. 1). The ambassador was still breathing when Libyans found him inside a room in the American embassy (BBC, pars. 1). They pulled him out and drove him to the Benghazi Medical Center where a doctor announced his death (BBC, pars. 1-2). A Libyan doctor believes that Stevens died of severe asphyxia caused by harmful fumes from the fire (BBC, pars. 2-3). Four days after he died, CNN found Stevens’ personal journal and displayed the contents of his journal on the news (Fox News, pars. 1). The Huffington Post explained CNN’s use of Christopher Stevens’ journal “disgusting” (Fox News, pars. 3). Also, Glenn Beck, a network producer, has a theory of what the actual truth of the attack may be (Beck, pars. 2). Lastly, President Obama chose to appear on television in front of millions of viewers instead of discussing the recent events in Libya with other foreign leader (CBS, pars. 9-11).

Four days after the eleventh anniversary of September 11th, CNN found Chris Stevens’ journal on the floor of the unsecured consulate compound (Fox News, pars. 1). When the Huffington Post received news that CNN found the journal, they contacted the news station immediately (Fox News, pars. 1). On their website, CNN stated that they informed the ambassador’s family hours after the journal was discovered (Fox News, pars 3-4). The State Department has a different view on what actually happened (Fox News, pars. 4). They claimed that CNN did not inform the family, and that the network reported the contents of the journal before handing it back to his family (Fox News, pars. 5). A family member directly told the news station that they wanted the journal and would not make any decisions until then (Fox News, pars. 5). When the news station finally informed Stevens’ family, they...