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: Bluto at 02:23 PM


1 I was going to post a comment over there asking exactly that question, but they require you to register an account! And frankly, I don't WANT an account over there.

Posted by: Michael Hampton at November 30, 2006 03:23 PM

2 I nominate Geiger to be the new Baghdad Bob.

Posted by: McGehee at November 30, 2006 03:26 PM

3 I think most people are still scratching their heads and saying "Bob who?"

Posted by: Gabriel at November 30, 2006 03:48 PM

4 Crow for dinner.

Posted by: Greyrooster at November 30, 2006 05:18 PM

5 We'll see an apology when sunbeams pour forth from my anal orifice, not before.

Posted by: MCPO Airdale at November 30, 2006 05:25 PM

6 It looks like Geiger argued a point he had no knowledge of, based purely on what he wants to believe. (In this case, the mission in Iraq is a"hopeless failure.") He's a typical left-wing ass-wipe. He tailors the facts to fit his ideology in everypiece he writes. I'm sure he'll issue his apology at the same time Ward Churchill, John Kerry, Janeane Garofolo, and Joe Wilson issue theirs.Ten bucks says he pulls a Dan Rather.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at November 30, 2006 05:31 PM

7 He will not apologize, he will act as this never happened, he will find another massacre, most likely bogus, to wave in front of his liberal audiences face and keep them mesmerized while this mistake passes quickly through page D-67 to oblivion. Then when his next fake massacre takes place, guess what, he'll find another to once again distract his audience.

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.

Posted by: Naieve at November 30, 2006 07:18 PM

8 I wonder if Lebannon's Green Hat Guy and Jamil are one in the same...

Posted by: Tracy Coyle at November 30, 2006 09:26 PM

9 Let's see. I'm a liberal blogger and the only thing I've blown so far is reprinting a post by another blogger claiming they had some inside knowledge of a poll showing that Chris Bell was within 5% points of Perry about two weeks before the election.

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.

Posted by: Xanthippas at November 30, 2006 11:18 PM

10 Xanthippas:Not a sentence in your screed here was truthful, soI can only imagine howworthless your blog must be.What war was based on false intelligence? Bush listed a host of reasons for toppling Hussein, and his WMD program was only one of them. It was also a reality, regardless of how many WMD he had completed.The President listed the reasons many times before he toppled Hussein, he listed them many times while the war was going on, and he has listed them many times now that it's over.You're obviously very sorry to see Hussein's family rape rooms and mass murderindustry shut down. You obviously don't care about the Iraqis he murdered, so your mock sympathy for Iraqis being killed by islamic terrorists now rings hollow. Next you'll tell us you give a rat's ass about American soldiers.Anyway, Idoubt you're feeling a sense of shame for enthusiastically backing this bogus story without question. You are a leftist, after all. I personally wonder how you can question the murder of Nick Berg and those contractors, seeing as how the bodies were shown on film (Berg was dead when he was decapitated, despite foolish claims to the contrary,) and their bodies were recovered. Of course, you pretend to believe any lie that makes America look bad, even though there's an inconvenient lack of any proof whatsoever for the lying Jamil Hussein's wild claims. The AP is lying too, because it knows by now that Jamil and their islamic Arab stringers are full of shit.Next you'll tell people that the Reuters photos were real, the fake National Guard memo was real, Joe Wilson's uranium stories were true, and that you're apatriot because yougive aid and comfort to America's jihadist enemies.You'restupid enough tobe Bob Geiger.

Posted by: Jeff Bargholz at November 30, 2006 11:50 PM

11 You know, the problem comes when we believe our enemies more than we do our own people.

Posted by: keb at December 01, 2006 10:44 AM

12 Funny that this Geiger character points out Malkin and Drudge as Partisan. Do a google on bob and you'll find he's the most rabid stripe of partisan, going back at least to the 2000 election:

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.

Posted by: clem at December 02, 2006 07:30 PM

13 That weasel Geiger is still pinching out piecesderiding right-wing loons who refuse to see the AP's truth. His steaming piles are nothing butan excuse to hurl invective at "stupid right-wingers."It's frightening tothink that there are people in this countryeager to swallow his crap. His comment section is filled with deranged leftist rants about alleged Right-wingnuts who cant face the AP truth, and choose to ignore reality instead.It's absurd, surreal, and hilarious, all at the same time. I think all of their spittle-flecked comments are vetted by their localMiniTrue representatives.Geiger is too full of shit to admit he jumped on a phony story he desperately wanted to be true. Instead of asking himself why he wants America to fail in Iraq, he should be asking himself what will happen if America fails. (Oh, wait. I forgot. The mission in Iraq is already a failure, even though it isn't finished yet.)I wish I could believe that it's possible to be a leftist without being a lying asshole, but I cant.

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