Thursday, November 30, 2006

The shoe never fits

AP now takes up the "Jamil Hussein" story, that is to say, covers itself. The AP story emphasized the sinister import of an Iraqi Ministry of Interior press conference in which long time AP source police "Captain Jamil Hussein" was declared to be nonexistent. The Iraqi spokesman had these words.

Khalaf said the ministry had no one on its staff by the name of Jamil Hussein. "Maybe he wore an MOI (Ministry of Interior) uniform and gave a different name to the reporter for money," Khalaf said. AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll rejected the accusation. "The implication that we may have given money to the captain is false. The AP does not pay for information," she said.

But that's down at the bottom, here's the lead.


Iraq's Interior Ministry said Thursday it had formed a special unit to monitor news coverage and vowed to take legal action against journalists who failed to correct stories the ministry deemed to be incorrect. Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, spokesman for the ministry, said the purpose of the special monitoring unit was to find "fabricated and false news that hurts and gives the Iraqis a wrong picture that the security situation is very bad, when the facts are totally different."

He said offenders would be notified and asked to "correct these false reports on their main news programs. But if they do not change those lying, false stories, then we will seek legal action against them."

Commentary

Recently France 2 sued Philippe Karsenty and other persons for damages when they dared to suggest that the news network had carefully selected video scenes and suppressed outtakes to bolster its claim that a Palestinian boy had been shot by the IDF. The outtakes were reviewed by a committee of journalists who found they raised serious questions about France 2's production. This is a direct example of how the press can take "legal action" against those who would question their coverage. Is this sinister? If not, then why is sauce for the goose not sauce for the gander?

And oh, still no mention of Flopping Aces as having broken the story. Bloggers are to MSM news stories as "coloreds" were to movies in the 1940s.

26 Comments:

Blogger allen said...

Those who would question the veracity of Biblical revelation (say the AP) because Abraham, for example, is not a provable historical figure, obviously are unphased by mythical news sources. Hmmm...Faith is not dead afterall.

11/30/2006 05:09:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

AP Pushes for Premature Evacuation...

/nahhh...

11/30/2006 05:22:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

Calling Captain Jamil Hussein, Captain Jamil Hussein, proceed to the nearest courtesy telephone please:

The city of Baqubah is fully operational despite media reports to the contrary, the senior coalition forces commander for Iraq’s Diyala province said here today. “The erroneous reports are clearly an effort by some individuals to paint a picture of disarray and hysteria to destabilize the province,” Army Col. David W. Sutherland, commander of 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, said. (American Forces Information Services)

11/30/2006 05:23:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

But while we're on the subject, the prostitution of art and literature to debased purposes is forbidden as a way to spiritual growth or social enhancement, AP!

Baha'u'llah says God forbids it.

He ALSO calls us to the independent investigation of truth, honesty and trustworthiness in all our affairs, and forthrightness in our reports...

AP, you come up SEVERELY LACKING here...

11/30/2006 05:25:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

(per Wretchard, above)

EGGS Ackley! When we set something in motion, but then have NO WAY to accurately ascertain what the outcomes are, we're blind and worse-than-blind!

THAT is what AP strives to do to the world, by its false and deliberately biased 'reporting', aka 'propagandizing!'

11/30/2006 05:29:00 PM  
Blogger istarious said...

There's Reuters AP AFP BBC CNN specially doctored news for Muslim audience (paid for by the magic kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and then there is Reuters AP AFP BBC CNN for non Muslim audience. Err,.. wait a sec!

11/30/2006 05:31:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

So what to do about it? Everytime I read about Jamil Hussein, two words come back into memory: Haifa Street. That was all about an AP photographer who just happened to be at the right place when 30 men attacked an Iraqi poll worker and took the opportunity to shoot a Pulitzer-prize winning photo. The photographer was never named "to protect him", although he must have been in close proximity to the insurgents to take the photo. Known the insurgents but to be protected from whom?

What always bothered me about that event was why 30 insurgents should mount a daylight operation to kill one lowly poll worker dramatically in the street. It didn't make sense.

11/30/2006 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Buckhead said...

"Half the battle is in the media." Ayman al Zawihiri.

One of the enemy's centers of gravity is the media. Our strategy and tactics need to be adjusted to this reality if we are to have any chance of winning.

11/30/2006 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger Marcus Aurelius said...

This Jamil must be Bilal's brother, they have the same father. No, (two cents though if you said Hussein) Beelzebub the father of lies.

I see Teresita's latest incarnation hasn't has yet to chime in on this.

11/30/2006 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wretchard said, "What always bothered me about that event was why 30 insurgents should mount a daylight operation to kill one lowly poll worker dramatically in the street. It didn't make sense."

It's getting so whenever a Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer approaches a village the poll workers put up barricades.

11/30/2006 05:48:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

buckhead,

Are you "the" Buckhead of Dan Rather fame?

11/30/2006 05:49:00 PM  
Blogger Buckhead said...

One and the same.

Mr. Wretchard, sir. It has been my great privilege to be a daily reader of this blog for the last several years.

11/30/2006 06:12:00 PM  
Blogger charlotte said...

Re media vs. gov reporting on a BC thread "Dust in the Wind", she spake thusly:

Woman Catholic said...

[nylarthotep wrote:
Funny that. The MSM seems to have no issue with reporting, in gory detail, the number of US military and coalition deaths, but some think that counting the bodies of the enemy is wrong?]

No, what's wrong is when the government gets into the business of reporting on its own news. Many people call the Fourth Estate a Fifth Column, but the alternative is government propaganda. Let the market and the American people sort out who to trust, not Herr Goebbels.

11/21/2006 06:46:03 AM

Woman Catholic said...

cedarford defended government information ministries thus:

[But that is still far better than just abdicating and leaving the strategic communications to whatever the NYTimes, Soros-controlled NGOs, the Guardian, al-Reuters, the ACLU, and Tabloid TV wish to ignore or sensationalize.]

This demonstrates a lack of respect for the intelligence of the American people, that they are mushy little minds, and the problem is we ought not let the left wingers have a monopoly on manipulating them, lest they defund our adventure in the Middle East. Americans are smarter than that, and if they aren't paying much attention to Bush's splendid little war right now, it could be that the police action doesn't deserve it.

11/21/2006 11:06:51 AM

11/30/2006 06:14:00 PM  
Blogger charlotte said...

It really is Buckhead of Atlanta? Fantastic! Decatur here.

11/30/2006 06:16:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

Buckhead,

I'm genuinely honored. What you achieved was important and I sometimes think we will never appreciate just how important it was.

11/30/2006 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger istarious said...

W: So what to do about it?

You do the same thing as everyone else. People have correctly identified this Jihadi propaganda for what it is, and are no longer buying. News outlets carrying this Jihadi propaganda have seen their market drastically shrink. This market trend will continue, and at certain point in their irrelevancy even the Saudis wont bother with them.

11/30/2006 06:42:00 PM  
Blogger Buckhead said...

Thanks very much, but It's not fairly described as my achievement. There were literally millions with the knowledge to spot those documents as fakes, and it was pure coincidence that I posted about it first. Right place, right time. The story would have been blown up by the next morning in any event, because of the nature of the medium. That's the cool part.

11/30/2006 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger Boghie said...

Hey AP,

Your gabby, out front, police chief has yet to talk to other media outlets.

Is he that unconcerned about his valuable reputation.

He is the al-AP Official Sock Puppet.

It has been almost a week since he made his attributed comments.

It can’t take this much time to photoshop him into one of the CENTCOM briefs – can it. We want our Sock Puppets all official and everything. I want to have confidence in your Sock Puppets.

Me thinks this is not going away. Certainly, there are now folks churning attributed officials – and I thought I only had to worry about anonymous sources. And, let the AP provide the photos of the four mosques burned to the ground in that neighborhood. That should be easy.

Good to see you Buckhead. Memos, photos, green helmets, and Pollywood videos - all in a couple of year’s time.

I have never been more confident than the present in our fact checking media!!!

Better get back into the soup line - before I become another one of the billions of unemployed Americans citizens scurrying through the dreary streets of some Gotham somewhere.

11/30/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Blogger CERDIP said...

Wow! Buckhead and Wretchard in the same thread! *swoons*.

...and I say that jokingly, but *not* mockingly!

11/30/2006 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wretchard: Jamil Hussein, Captain Jamil Hussein, proceed to the nearest courtesy telephone please...

Any minute now. (And for the sake of those claimed dead but now again alive, I hope his ghostly hand never picks up that phone.)

Meanwhile, the animal cries at AP sound suspiciously like sock puppet sex.

12/01/2006 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tex said, "Meanwhile, the animal cries at AP sound suspiciously like sock puppet sex."

In lesbian circles "sock puppet" has a whole different meaning.

12/01/2006 05:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boghie said, "And, let the AP provide the photos of the four mosques burned to the ground in that neighborhood. That should be easy."

Now that they know you can't cut and paste smoke without getting caught.

12/01/2006 05:46:00 AM  
Blogger RegretLeft said...

Wow - you bet - I'm all a-tingle - Buckhead! - In the presence of the greats! One of the best quotes of the decade: "I knew they were forgeries because I'm not an idiot"... did I get that right?

- and, on Haifa Street - I recall at least 2 poll workers were murdered - no real mystery - brutal intimidation pure and simple - from the "bold - audacious - politically savvy" insurgency - all favorite tags of their associates in the MSM

12/01/2006 09:56:00 AM  
Blogger Das said...

To extend Wretchard's 40s movies vs heavily backgrounded "coloreds" analogy; it is cool and appropriate to see Buckhead commenting here; I remember how the MSM became so huffy at the pospect of a blogger blowing the whistle on Dan Rather. They took great unmbrage at bloggers - their fellow citizens in fact! - doing what they were supposed to be doing - digging for the truth.

Journalism has always had as it stock-n-trade that the American newsreader is below average in intelligence, easily agitated by bold headlines above the fold.

Now the MSM is ging through a kind of nervous breakdown; the ingenuity, perception and overall critical mind, displayed by intelligent bloggers, has put them on notice. There's no going back.

12/01/2006 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Buckhead said...

What I said was ""So, how did I know? The short answer is that I am 47 years old and I am not a blithering idiot."

But enough about that. The midterm elections ought to be a sufficient antidote for any conservative blogger triumphalism.

12/01/2006 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Karridine said...

Yes! The Independent Investigation of Truth leads Buckhead (and all else who practice it) to the light of reason... and to the knowledge of reality.

Good on you, Sir!

12/03/2006 04:32:00 PM  

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