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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Quotes of the Morning: Start Spreading the News

“Revenge-seeking Shiite militiamen seized six Sunnis as they left Friday prayers, drenched them with kerosene and burned them alive, and Iraqi soldiers did nothing to stop the attack, police and witnesses said.
Police Capt. Jamil Hussein said Iraqi soldiers at a nearby army post failed to intervene in the burnings of Sunnis carried out by suspected members of the Shiite Mahdi Army militia, or in subsequent attacks that torched four Sunni mosques and killed at least 19 other Sunnis, including women and children, in the same northwest Baghdad area.”
-Associated Press, November 24, 2006

“Ahhh! Horrible, awful news from a couple of months ago. Burning people alive in the streets! There is only one thing we can do. We must pretend it never happened. How can we do that? Well, no one apparently witnessed this except ol’ Jamil Hussein. What if was a liar instead of a police captain? Then this story would just be a pack of lies.”

“The Associated Press is standing by its report that six Sunni men were burned to death in Baghdad Friday by Shiites, even though U.S. military officials have accused the wire service of relying on a source who ‘is not who he claimed he was,’ an Iraqi police captain.
But a U.S. military spokesman has told the AP in a letter that ‘neither we nor Baghdad Police had any reports of such an incident ... and could find no one to corroborate the story.’
‘Unless you have a credible source to corroborate the story of the people being burned alive, we respectfully request that AP issue a retraction, or a correction at a minimum,’ Navy Lt. Michael Dean, the spokesman, wrote to the AP on Monday.”
-USA Today, November 28, 2006

“The wire service has sent out a new story about the reports of the burnings. This new story, which acknowledges the challenges to AP's earlier reporting from U.S. military authorities, says that additional witnesses interviewed today told reporters that they had seen the atrocities.
‘On Tuesday, two AP reporters also went back to the Hurriyah neighborhood around the Mustafa mosque and found three witnesses who independently gave accounts of the attack,’ the story says. ‘Others in the neighborhood said they were afraid to talk about what happened.’"
-USA Today, December 9, 2006

“Huh.. So the administration called them out on Jamil and the AP responded by finding three other witnesses. Typical. I mean that kind of shows that Jamil isn’t a liar, but it doesn’t prove that the AP isn’t. If they just made up Jamil entirely, they I guess they could make up these other three witnesses too. Maybe it was the AP that lied!”

“The back-and-forth between the Associated Press, U.S. military spokesmen and Iraqi government officials continues over the wire service's stories about reports of six Sunni men being attacked and burned to death last Friday by Shiites in Baghdad.
Today, Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf al-Kenani called the attack ‘a rumor’ and said both his ministry and Iraq's Defense Ministry have not been able to confirm that the incident took place. The AP, meanwhile, e-mailed On Deadline with a statement from Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll saying ‘we are satisfied with our reporting on this incident.’
We reported twice earlier this week […] about questions being raised by U.S. military spokesmen and Iraqi officials about this story. They claimed that AP's key source, a Capt. Jamil Hussein, is not credible because no one by that name works for Baghdad police. They also claimed they could find no evidence that the attack occurred.”
-USA Today, November 30, 2006

“A former top executive at CNN is calling out the Associated Press — saying he could find no evidence that one of its top Iraqi sources actually exists. Eason Jordan, who now runs a Web site devoted to Iraq news, says neither he nor the governments, news outlets, and bloggers trying to track down Iraqi police captain Jamil Hussein have been able to turn up even a family member, friend or colleague... and the AP isn't helping.
A spokesman says Hussein — who has been quoted in dozens of AP stories and is often critical of the United States — is someone they've talked to for years, but she would not respond to critics' demands to prove his existence.”
-Brit Hume, Fox News, January 2, 2007

“Lying bastiches at the Associated Press! They made up the whole story! Jamil never existed! They are making up stories because they hate America! Off with their heads!”

“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.

Ministry spokesman Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, who had previously denied there was any such police employee as Capt. Jamil Hussein, said in an interview that Hussein is an officer assigned to the Khadra police station, as had been reported by The Associated Press.
The captain, whose full name is Jamil Gholaiem Hussein, was one of the sources for an AP story in late November about the burning and shooting of six people during a sectarian attack at a Sunni mosque.”
-Associated Press, January 4, 2006

“Oh. Well.. He exists and really was an Iraqi police officer. I guess the only thing left for them to do is arrest him so he doesn’t start not-spreading the good news in Iraq again.. Hey, how many schools were painted today?”


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