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
Happy New year!
USA, all the way!
Posted by: Michael Weaver at December 28, 2006 10:25 PM
Posted by: Scrapiron at December 28, 2006 10:28 PM
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
"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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