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."
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.