your press guide to reporting that 'he must know something that I don't know'...,
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As I'm watching Murtha explain...,
your brains on... I don't know what it is, exactly, but its blowing my mind:
The existence of Jamil Hussein had been hotly disputed by conservative bloggers, some Iraqi officials and the U.S. military in recent weeks ... The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media. ...
Hussein told the AP on Wednesday that he learned the arrest warrant would be issued when he returned to work on Thursday after the Eid al-Adha holiday. His phone was turned off Thursday and he could not be reached for further comment.
Hussein was not the original source of the disputed report of the attack; the account was first told on Al-Arabiya satellite television by a Sunni elder, Imad al-Hashimi, who retracted it after members of the Defense Ministry paid him a visit. Several neighborhood residents subsequently gave the AP independent accounts of the Shiite militia attack on a mosque in which six people were set on fire and killed.
The Iraqi government and US military just flat out lie about this guy's existence, leading conservatives to jump down the AP's throat because the AP for some incomprehensible reason is out to make things look somehow worse than they are, and not only that but are willing to re-invent the same source multiple times across multiple reports filed by multiple reporters, in an elaborate, agency-wide conspiracy to hide how Iraq is all aflower in the daiseys and daffodils of freedom.
Now that the lie has been flat out admitted by the Iraqi government the guy is then arrested because he made them look bad. Niether being lied to, nor the source's unjustifiable arrest, are problems. Instead our skeptical heros are fixated on whether they can trust the AP, and whether the source that indeed exists was not just inventing what was an independently verified, multi-sourced tale of horror. My conservative cousins have been played like nickle slots and this guy is - like so many other associates of the AP - probably toast. Delightful.
Eason Jordan you hack, the "lesson" for Iraqi sources will be to stay anonymous, or lie about how good the shit stinks so they don't end up chained to the floor in some Interior Ministry basement.
:: posted by buermann @ 2007-01-06 14:52:02 CST |
You'd likely appreciate Helena Cobban's posts on the Iraq Slogger site, if you haven't read them already.
posted by Diane
@ 2007-01-07 17:14:43 | link
posted by buermann
@ 2007-01-07 17:22:35 | link