Bob Geiger Wrong About AP Story - Will He Apologize? (Updated)
Say what you will about the liberals, but when they blow it, they blow it big.On Tuesday, Bob Geiger at the Huffington Post demanded to know if rightwing bloggers (including The Jawa Report) would be apologizing to the Associated Press for doubting their now-discredited story about the six burning Sunnis:
"It's Official: Media Body Burning Story is Bogus," crowed Newsbusters -- the wingnut National Enquirer -- who just went mad with glee proclaiming that "The news that six Sunnis were captured by Shiites, doused with kerosine [sic] and burned alive, was too sensational to not be picked up by the mainstream media. But it turns out that the event never happened. Furthermore, the Iraqi 'spokesman' relied on to give all information regarding this event is as fictional as the story itself." Newsbusters took it a step further by also concluding that NBC's decision to begin calling what's going on in Iraq a "civil war" was based in part on the "bogus" nature of that story. Flopping Aces, which seems to have started this embarrassing affair, has been running a lengthy series ominously called "Getting The News From The Enemy" while The Jawa Report really stands proud and proclaims that "It's unlikely that the Associated Press and other news agencies will issue corrections approaching the sensationalism with which they originally pushed the false stories."And today, the Iraqi government has announced that the AP's source, the supposed "police captain Jamil Hussein" doesn't work for any department of the Iraqi government. Wow, Bob, your face must be pretty crimson about now, eh? I'd also like to commend Bob Geiger for emphasizing his status as a clueless tool by quoting the same person (that would be moi) twice (from NewsBusters and The Jawa Report) without even realizing it. Update: In a long, rambling new post about "right wing trolls" sending him emails, Baghdad Bob starts to suspect that he may have made a hideous mistake:
The facts are what they are, and I'm patient enough to wait for the full story to come out -- but the spin and public-relations flackery being cited by the right-wing mouthpieces are not facts. If I need to do a retraction, I will. But pardon me if I wait for evidence above and beyond some screeching wingnut scrambling to paint the news as they wish it would be, instead of looking at the mess that Iraq truly is and contemplating the meaning of accountability.Evidently, the fact that the AP's source for the burning Sunnis story doesn't exist isn't enough evidence for Bobby. Nor does AP's admission that, rather than five mosques being burned to the ground as the originally reported, one mosque was slightly damaged.
Posted by: Michael Hampton at November 30, 2006 03:23 PM
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Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at November 30, 2006 05:31 PM
Welcome to the new age of Journalism, where nothing is quite what it seems, and when the truth is known, it is quickly covered over.
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Posted by: Tracy Coyle at November 30, 2006 09:26 PM
Yeah, I guess that's blowing it big. If that's the worst mistake I ever make blogging (as opposed to say, hyping a war based on false intelligence) I can pretty much live with myself.
Anyway, hope you guys are feeling really accomplished for sowing some kind of doubt about this story. I personally find myself questioning whether the Nicholas Berg was actually beheaded (that camera man was working for Zarqawi after all) and whether those contractors in Fallujah were actually killed and hung from a bridge (who filmed that: Sunnis of course, who can't be trusted.) If you guys keep this up, pretty soon you'll be able to prove in the negative that Saddam had nukes, Osama was residing in one of his palaces, that he had imminent plans to attack us with briefcase nukes, and in fact all those insurgent "attacks" the "liberal MSM" has been reporting for the last 3 1/2 years are really mobs straining to get past each other throw chocolate and roses at our soldiers' feet.
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Posted by: keb at December 01, 2006 10:44 AM
Also, notice how he and AP are trying to shift the issue away from their phantom "captain" to the "event" itself, but staying with the sociological angle (what "eyewitnesses" claim they saw), rather than the physical evidence.
Also, look for AP to stick to their guns unless continually pressured. However, you won't be seeing "Captain Jamil Hussein" coming up in any more of their reports, a tacit admission that they - to be charitable - were duped.
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