Even before the Jones-Lynch press conference began on Wednesday, coverage was beginning to break through the black-out in most of the press on the Saudi role in the 9/11 attacks. This included an AP wire, which was picked up around the country; the NY Post report which ran on many Fox News outlets; a Washington Examiner story; and many Boston and New England TV station reports — not to mention numerous blogs.
One of the most notable, was a Voice of Russia story published early on Wednesday, which gives background on the Saudi role in 9/11, quotes Jones about how he was “absolutely shocked” by what he read in the 28 pages, and quotes Bob Graham saying that “the Saudi government without question was supporting the hijackers who lived in San Diego. You can’t have 19 people living in the United States for, in some cases, almost two years, taking flight lessons and other preparations, without someone paying for it.” And it goes into the story of the two Saudi agents in San Diego, Bayoumi and Basnan, and their connection to the hijackers al-Midhar and al-Hamzi, and how Basnan was getting money from Prince Bandar and his wife.
Getty Images circulated at least five high-quality photographs showing the Congressmen, and the representatives of the 9/11 families.
Boston.com and the Boston Globe published a story Wednesday afternoon quoting Lynch and 9/11 family representatives, including Terry Strada, the national co-chair of 9/11 Families United for Justice Against Terrorism, who, reports the Globe, “said she believes the US government is trying to protect the Saudi regime,” and adds her saying, “Al Qaeda is pure evil and so are their bankrollers.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer, which has regularly covered the 9/11 family lawsuits, ran a story on the press conference in its print edition and Philly.com website, which was picked up in the Seattle Times and in Eugene, Oregon.
Washington DC’s all-news station, CBS’s WTOP covered the press conference Wednesday night. There was a Boston AP wire Thursday, as well as coverage by Ben Swann, a former Fox reporter, on his website, whose story leads with “Rep. Massie’s (R-KY) comment on the 9/11 Report’s 28 pages: ‘Shocking, but won’t hurt national security if released.'”
HispanTV posted a sharp, 3-minute report on the press conference, reporting that members of the families of the victims came to Washington to back the Congressional resolution to declassify the 28 pages, including interviews with 2 family members, Jones and Lynch, and Jeff Steinberg. The basic message: It’s time to tell the truth about 9/11, with the Saudi role, and Prince Bandar by name, featured by Jeff. Terry Strata said that the people who financed 9/11 “continue financing terrorism all over the globe.”