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Friday, January 05, 2007

right wing bloggers: if we're wrong, it's the fault of the people who are right

when it comes to the capt. jamil hussein fiasco, the hardly-ever-right wing bloggers absolutely deny that the drippy white and yellow mucus on their faces is egg. in fact, they are bending over so far backwards to avoid responsibility for their unfounded accusations about the asspress, that all they need are brightly colored leotards to join cirque du soleil.

via glenn greenwald (whom carnacki cites immediately below), we go to greg sargent, the hardest working man in blogtopia (and yes, we coined that phrase) to recap:

for weeks and weeks a pack of howling rightwing bloggers, led by michelle malkin, has been slamming the associated press over a story the news org ran some months back about six sunnis burned alive by shiite attackers. the righty bloggers have struggled mightly to prove that the story was bogus, arguing that this "made up" story showed that the ap was treasonously devoted to spreading false news about how bad the war had gotten. they made this case mainly by pushing the idea that one source for the story, police captain hussein, didn't exist, even though the ap stood fast by its story and even re-reported it by finding new witnesses to the atrocity.

one of the key pieces of evidence the wingers cited to make the case that hussein didn't exist was the fact that iraqi officials were claiming he didn't. well, guess what? it looks as if iraqi officials are now acknowledging that hussein does exist after all. here's what the ap is now runnning:

baghdad, iraq - 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.

the u.s. military and the iraqi interior ministry raised the doubts about hussein in questioning the veracity of the ap's initial reporting on the incident, and the iraqi ministry suggested that many news organization were giving a distorted, exaggerated picture of the conflict in iraq. some internet bloggers spread and amplified these doubts, accusing the ap of having made up hussein's identity in order to disseminate false news about the war.

khalaf offered no explanation thursday for why the ministry had initially denied hussein's existence, other than to state that its first search of records failed to turn up his full name. he also declined to say how long the ministry had known of its error and why it had made no attempt in the past six weeks to correct the public record...
oh, dear. it will be interesting to see what malkin, curt of flopping aces, powerline blog's john hinderaker, and all the other merry wingers who promoted this story have to say about this new development. of particular interest will be to see what the hapless eason jordan, the former cnn chief who actually offered to fly malkin to iraq so the two could hunt for hussein together, has to say about it.
so there you have it. proof positive that the hardly-ever-right wing was completely, 100% wrong. and how do they respond? predictably enough, like the fabricating bullies they are; attack the messenger. eason jordon, in his own blog iraqslogger wants to know why capt. hussein didn't come forth sooner:

all the key players in the jamil hussein controversy have been sullied in this process.

iraqi officials and u.s. military spokesmen look foolish for making the mistake of flatly stating in late november that there was no iraqi police captain by the name of jamil hussein. those clumsy, baseless statements were unfair to the ap. those erronenous statements -- and their statements questioning the information the ap attributed to captain hussein -- triggered the six-week-long controversy that followed.

jamil hussein made a mistake by waiting six weeks to speak out on this matter.

the ap erred in part by responding in a hot-headed, antagonistic way to questions about the existence of jamil hussein and the credibility of ap reports featuring comments from captain hussein. the ap's harsh statements fueled the suspicions of critics and those who otherwise would give the ap the benefit of the doubt. another mistake: the ap took too long to provide irrefutable evidence of captain hussein's existence.

the ap's most strident critics were wrong to accept the word of u.s. and iraqi officials as the absolute truth while dismissing the ap's sourcing, stories, and explanations as outright lies.
so let's get this straight. the asspress made a mistake by refusing to dignify the righty bloggers' insistance that the asspress was lying. sure. if someone says you're lying, and you adamantly insist you're not, you're making a mistake. because if you say you're not lying when you're not lying, you only make the people who think you're lying think you're lying. we see. it all makes sense now.

and the us centcom and iraqi government made a mistake by incorrectly denying the existence of capt. hussein. and hussein himself made a mistake by not coming forward sooner.

of course. because, we all know, the us military officials and the iraqi government and capt. hussein don't have anything else on their plates right now. it's not as if there's a raging civil war going on 24/7, and any one of them could wind up as ied fodder at a moment's notice, with pieces of their bodies scattered all over anwar provence.

no, the important thing would have been to respond to a bunch of whiny fabricators who are spreading unfounded rumors via their keyborads. priorities, people! let's get our acts together!

but the funniest bit of jordan's piece was this tepid mea culpa:

third parties -- iraqslogger included -- trying to get to the truth in this matter did not dig aggressively enough to determine the facts because otherwise we seemingly would have discovered proof of captain hussein's existence sooner. in iraqslogger's case, iraqi police sources told our team in baghdad both that captain hussein did exist and that he did not exist -- flimsy and conflicting circumstantial evidence from less than reliable sources (information we chose not to report until we could get confirmation, either way, while prompting us in our reporting to leave open the possibility that captain hussein was real).
the right wing bloggers didn't work hard enough to get at the truth. gee, d'ya think???

and poor iraqslogger, jordon's own blog. his sources told him both that hussein did and did not exist. so of course, the obvious choice was to say that hussein did not exist! why bother to dig for facts, anyway? it's everybody else's fault as well. [edited...jordan states he left open the idea that hussein might be real.]

it strikes us that only the hardly-ever-right wing bloggers, when faced publicly with the fact that they got something totally wrong from the beginning, would whine that everybody else involved, including those that got it right, were at fault for the mistake.

thus goes the minds of the wingnuts, truly a wonder to behold.
posted by skippy at 11:48 PM |


Check out this quote from Captain's Quarters:

"If Jamil Hussein's life is truly at risk, I doubt that the 300,000 readers between Michelle, Allahpundit, and Flopping Aces was what pushed him into the limelight."

This is right after admitting gross malpractice regarding the Lonely John Kerry hoax.
commented by Blogger Screwy Hoolie, 5:28 AM PST  

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