IBD: Paging Jamil Hussein

Some mainstream media attention shines on the Jamil Hussein controversy and brings into question the AP's credibility:

What is clear about all this is that nothing is clear. Maybe there's a Jamil Hussein with the Iraqi police, but he's a sergeant, not a captain. Maybe there's a police captain whose first name is spelled Jamail, not Jamil. Both possibilities have been floated in the blogosphere, but neither has withstood scrutiny.

Editor & Publisher summed it up best when it reported that Jamil Hussein had been lost, then "found," then lost again. Amazing.

Last summer, Reuters, the media outlet that refuses to label terrorists as terrorists, was jolted by the "fauxtography" scandal. Adnan Hajj, a freelance Lebanese photographer, allegedly doctored images of the Israel-Hezbollah war and photographed what appeared to many to be staged scenes of victim rescue and recovery efforts in Qana, a Lebanese village where Israel attacked Hezbollah terrorists. Both were clearly an effort to further inflame a world that had already cast Israel as the villain.

Just as we asked in August if Reuters was "a patsy or collaborator," we wonder the same about the AP. We also wonder if we can trust any AP report from the Middle East. If it can't show us Capt. Jamil Hussein, we're not sure it has anything else we want to see.

Some of our more leftward readers won't be happy about this shot at the AP's credibility.

That we do know.

ht: Insty

Posted by: Good Lt. at 08:31 PM


1 AP's sky is about to fall. My money says David takes Goliath! YEEEHAAAH!!!!

Happy New year!
USA, all the way!

Posted by: Michael Weaver at December 28, 2006 10:25 PM

2 Say it ain't so. An antique MSM outlet opens its eyes and says that you can't trust the ASSociated (with terrorists) Press or Roto Reuters????? Next thing you know one of them will start telling the truth and we'll see if it's catching.

Posted by: Scrapiron at December 28, 2006 10:28 PM

3 Just one note for the sake of accuracy. This Mr. Hussein, if he exists, wouldn't spell his name Jamil or Jamail ... he would spell it in arabic and any english spelling would be at the whim of a translater and either spelling would be acceptable.

Having said that, I salute all who are keeping AP's feet to the fire on this story.

Posted by: crosspatch at December 29, 2006 03:12 PM

4 Someone once said, I can't remember who.
"Never let the facts get in the way of a good story"
News is not about truth, It's about a story, It always was and I guess always will be. In the same way that history gets to be written by the winners in any conflict.

We shouldn't be suprised.. anymore

Posted by: John at January 02, 2007 01:51 PM

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