Burning Memories: Watch the AP change their Hurriya sourcing (UPDATED)
posted at 5:54 pm on December 26, 2006 by see-dubya
Confederate Yankee thinks he’s so clever, poking holes in the AP’s version of the Sunni-burning in Hurriya. When first revisiting the story, the AP reported that “two workers from Kazamiyah Hospital” confirmed that “bodies from the clashes and immolation” had shown up at the Kazamiyah hospital morgue.
Well, CY says that according to an Iraqi Brigadier General (not named Jamil Hussein) in an exchange with Multinational Corps-Iraq’s Public Affairs Officer, there is no morgue in Kazamiyah hospital.
Think that’s a pretty good catch, huh? Maybe the AP caught it themselves, because on November 28th, when they re-visited Hurriya after more challenges, this is what a witness told them:
One witness said he and other people from the neighborhood took the six immolation victims to the Sunni cemetery near Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib suburb and buried them after the gunbattle. That witness said one of the victims was the Mustafa mosque muezzin or prayer caller, Ahmed al-Mashadani. He did not know the names of the five others, but said they were all members of the al-Mashadani tribe.
Is this how the AP corrects its stories? Whether there is a morgue at Kazamiyah hospital or not, the destination of the bodies changed within three days, without notice or explanation. Why would we presume this witness–supposedly one of their two anonymous eyewitnesses to the burning–is any more reliable than the fellow who said the bodies went into the morgue at Kazamiyah hospital? Which of the AP’s sources lied to them?
As a reminder, the original account of the burning originated with the mysterious “Captain Jamil Hussein”, and it was almost immediately dismissed as a rumor by the Washington Post’s Baghdad bureau. But remember: every one of these fifty other incidents reported by Capt. Jamil Hussein are rock solid:
P.S. Thanks again to Geoff at Uncommon Misconceptions for helping me on the map.
UPDATE: Michelle writes in to say that some of her sources in Iraq say that while there isn’t an official morgue in Kazamiyah, there is a freezer where they can temporarily stash a few bodies.
As I said above, whether or not there’s a freezer, a morgue, or an entire CSI soundstage, it doesn’t change my larger point that the AP changed their story about what happened to these six bodies, if there ever were any, and didn’t bother to explain why. That’s just one more detail about this story that stinks.