Zarqawi Caught And Released: It's Old

So, on one of the most historic days of the Iraq War/Reconstruction, the MSM decides to suddenly start running the story that Zarqawi was detained by Iraqi troops, and then released because they didn't recognize him, a year or so ago.

Ummmm... anyone experiencing deja vu? I know I am, because I remember posting this story closer to the time it actually happened.

Iraqi officials echo Dave From Garfield Ridge and confirm this story is in fact old, and not only is it old, there's not even any new information to justify running it again:

An Iraqi deputy interior minister said on Friday a report that Iraq's most wanted man, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been briefly detained and then released was many months old and there was no new information.

"More than a year ago the Iraqi police in Falluja captured Zarqawi but released him after three or four hours because they did not recognize him," Hussein Kamal told Reuters.

"We captured a Saudi terrorist ... and he told us this information," he said. "I said that before."

Reuters attempts to spin its reasons for running the old story again:

Kamal originally told reporters the story in January but its repetition in a television interview prompted new questions.

Guys? A lot of old information is repeated in interviews, constantly. People constantly state things they've said before.

There is no reason for this story to suddenly be mentioned on every radio news report again. (That's where I heard it again, last night.)

Except that the MSM desperately needs some bad news to go along with the good news. And if the best bad news they have dates from last January, oh well, that's close enough. They'll just run it with the urgency of a new, breaking story, claiming that the mere repetition of old information in an interview "raises new questions."

Posted by: Ace at 11:49 AM


1 As Cartman would say... "Laaaaame".

You see Arnold's Stadium got renamed because Tookie got sizizzled?

Posted by: Greg at December 16, 2005 12:04 PM (epuFH)

2 In other news, the stock market collapsed and millions are out of work.

Posted by: Slublog at December 16, 2005 12:20 PM (R8+nJ)

3 Here is prove it's almost a year old...

January 24, 2005

Posted by: Matt at December 16, 2005 12:27 PM (ztNrs)

4 We're losing the war!

Posted by: Slublog at December 16, 2005 12:29 PM (R8+nJ)

5 Speaking of Dave and "it's old," is it just me or do all typepad sites seem to have done a timewarp to 12/11 today?

Posted by: John at December 16, 2005 12:31 PM (wg4FW)

6 Maybe they should have made up a new deck of cards for the troops to use?

Posted by: CPB at December 16, 2005 12:52 PM (HHAhQ)

7 No way. . . this is great. . . WE LANDED ON THE MOON!

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at December 16, 2005 01:06 PM (y1hCN)

8 CNN actually had it as BREAKING NEWS in bold, red.

I wonder how long the NYTimes had that "spying on Americans" story ready waiting to drown out good news for Bush? The insane thing is that they not only drowned out good news for Bush, it was good news for the world.

Posted by: IreneFingIrene at December 16, 2005 01:21 PM (VNPtA)

9 I also heard in a radio interview that a woman, named Mary Jo or something like that, died when Ted Kennedy's car ran off a bridge. The circumstances seemed rather suspicious. Wonder when we'll see a rehash

Posted by: kent miller at December 16, 2005 02:53 PM (8xG54)

10 I wonder how long the NYTimes had that "spying on Americans" story ready waiting to drown out good news for Bush?

From what I've read of the story, they sat on it for a year.

Posted by: Robert Crawford at December 16, 2005 03:15 PM (1j9aH)

11 Had to sit on it. The book wasn't ready yet. Will the author be on 60 Minutes this Sunday or next? Tough call, what with Christmas and all.

Posted by: eLarson at December 16, 2005 04:50 PM (PTRPR)

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