Thursday, November 30, 2006

More fake outrage on the right

This will end badly for the righties.

They've been going after the report by the AP about the Sunnis burned alive at a mosque in Baghdad.

Conservatives wrote a Navy PAO about it, who wrote an e-mail telling the AP to prove, retract or correct the story, because "the primary source of this story, police Capt. Jamil Hussein, is not a Baghdad police officer or an (Ministry of Interior) employee." Where did they get the PAO get that information? Well he asked the MOI about it himself and they said, Nope, no one by that name on our payroll.

The AP said that, yep, they'd checked the story with the original source and other witnesses and the AP's International Editor said, in the end, that the questioning of a source known well to the reporter was "ludicrous."

Here comes the bad ending for the righties. Allahpundit, one of their own, caught the fact that Central Command has a list of unverified and/or bogus government spokespeople and that on the list is the name of the MOI's own spokesman.

What we seem to have here is a failure to communicate covered in a rich, creamy right-wing-bullshit sauce.

Update: More on this from Bob Geiger.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

just another denial from the occupation Oil stealers.

like the F-16 that got shot down the other day ( ! ) - according to the occupation Oil stealers, it just fell out of the sky, untouched by any ordance fired at it by the Iraqi Freedom Fighters.

2:54 AM  
Anonymous Gray said...

Well, if you search the Navy website for "Michael B. Dean", you don't get any hits, too. Does this say that this guy is fictious, just like they claim hat Yemouk police office Jamil Hussein is? No, a search for "Michael Dean" produces some info about "Dean, Michael B. "Mike" LT, USN, PAO Ops", even his email address. This is just a reminder that sometimes it's difficult to find the right info inside huge databases, the more so when there are translating errors involved, too. Hell, the Iraqis even had confirming their own spokesman for the MoI, what are the chances they'll find someone in a minor position?

Imho the whole controversy could be resolved very easily. Lt. Michael B. Dean should simply get into his car, drive out to Yarmouk and investigate at the police station. If the right wingers are right that there is nothing to worry about in Iraq, than this shouldn't be a problem for a brave and dedicated Navy lieutenant...

10:51 AM  

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