Hurriya’s Mosques: Still Standing

posted at 8:56 am on January 22, 2007 by Bryan

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Not surprised with your excellent report. AP and most other MSM will jump hoops to publish anything negative about the War in Iraq. Verifying means nothing. Someone said it so it must be true. The reporters are the very same sheep who believe, without question, what these reporter ink.

Wade on January 22, 2007 at 9:44 AM

And when will we get a retraction from AP?

Outstanding work, folks. There just aren’t enough kudos to cover it. So, I’ll leave it at: Thank you.

Pablo on January 22, 2007 at 9:50 AM

The AP/AFP/Reuters et al are all outlets of anti-Americanism.

As the FNC teaser says, America has problems but the problem isn’t America. These people in their high chairs far away from the combat conjuring up these stories feel they have the moral high-ground and can do willy nilly and not be called to the carpet for it. They have the DAs, Judges, Politicians, and a great number of sheep on their side. Their goal is to dismantle this republic and re-make it in a fashion reminiscent of France or Old Europe.

Forgetting what brought people here in the first place, forgetting the foundations for our revolution, forgetting that we don’t want to be like Europe, they are lulling us into a sense that America has failed, is failed and needs to be fixed… By the elitsts of course.

Forgetting that this country is built and still is built on the backs of hardworking, patriotic, God-fearing citizens. Forgetting that it is our valiant soldiers who have made this republic glorious and a beacon to the world. The fore-front of scientific progress, medicine, exploration, and progress.

They are willing to sacrifice us to their greater cause. They decide when and how to investigate. Witness the mark Foley debacle. They color the debate and skew the opinion.

Good decent hard-working Americans are rarely featured. The viewpoint of the American is never cast.

They deride us day in and day out. As they are jet-setting around the country, they have the gall to blame us for climate change.

It really is a sickness, to ascribe the climate activity and actions of the Sun and earth to sights like Katrina. To brand everyday Americans as guilty is sick. To brand everyday Americans as guilty for Terrorism in the world is equally as sick. To encourage the amnesia of recent history, to make it seem the world was a happy go lucky kind of place before January 2001 is insane. Try to call them on it, or engage in a real debate or argument, you will be yelled down. Why? Because Freedom of Speech and expression only extends to people of their like mind.

The media is my enemy. They scare me more than the guy yelling Allahu Akbar on the plane. At least that guy broadcasts his intent and is easily identifiable. The media hide in the grass, lurking, and undercutting our every move.

James on January 22, 2007 at 10:06 AM

I guess AP hasn’t figured out that trust isn’t based on a huge amount of articles. It’s based on being consistently accurate in reporting, and if anything is inaccurate you should post a retraction.

Patrick Chester on January 22, 2007 at 10:20 AM

The AP can’t even report incidents in Chicago with accuracy or professionalism. Why should I trust them in Iraq?

What makes a journalist today? Apparently 4 years of being preached too by left-wing professors is all you need. Journalists don’t have to do time at county fairs, small town USA, suburbia, and even the local beat report in majorcity, USA.

Cause if they did, they would actually have had to talk to everyday Americans. They would have had to learn about how this country is really put together and how it operates.

Nope, go to some Journalism school for 4 years and then work for a non-profit or MSM outlet making sh*t up because you don’t know anything about anything. That is the way to journalism today.

That, or hire your local terrorist sympathizer in Iraq or Afghanistan and reprint their propoganda, no questions asked. Don’t even need to go to a left-wing prof for 4 years to do that.

James on January 22, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Powerful stuff. Too bad we’ll never see any acknowledgment of it in the MSM.

Farmer_Joe on January 22, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Very well put by Michelle. In addition to the scandal of the original erroneous report, the real outrage is that with the exception of crowing when the claimed souce supposedly turned up, the issue of the real vs. claimed damage has been totally ignored by the mainstream media. It has collectively chosen not to inform, but to serve as a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party in the U.S. and anti-Americans everywhere.

ptolemy on January 22, 2007 at 10:28 AM

Powerful reporting. Your doing an incredible job. it’s to bad we can’t count on the AP to do as honest a job.


USA, all the way!

ValhallaMike on January 22, 2007 at 10:29 AM

Lt. Col Miska pointed out the key to the problem. Our journalists now seem willing to report rumors as actual facts, without checking them out. Is this a new phenomenon? It seems like it. But having not paid much attention to the media pre-9/11, I’ve got nothing to compare it to.

Kevin M on January 22, 2007 at 10:40 AM

The eye witness recanted his story because the other possibility is that the story wasn’t true. Fair enough. But I’d state that a little more strongly, especially in view the the mounting evidence. That the story was recanted because it wasn’t true was not only possible, but probable.

[Request: Can the gyrating metallic intestine background for the quotes in the video. It’s distracting and makes the quotes hard to read.]

GPE on January 22, 2007 at 10:47 AM

The PR war is a lost cause.

The Libs have spoken their truth to power. If you repeat anything enough, it will be taken as fact by an ignorant populace with too many things competing for their attention….American Idol, the Emmies…is Britney wearing her panties today???

Lazy America makes me sick.

seejanemom on January 22, 2007 at 10:48 AM

It fits the Meme!

As long as the story fits the ‘meme’ they publish. Here the ‘meme’ is things are all bad, all the time, in Iraq. Any rumor that fits with the meme is not scrutinized according to standards.

The implication: scrutinize any story that fits a meme. Scrutinize stories that fit the other ‘memes’ running now: (1) we have already tried a surge before and it failed, so it is wrong to try this surge; (2) lack of security in Baghdad is only due to lack of political will on the part of Iraqis. They are fully competent and capable of winning without our help if they would just decide to do so—so the surge will just create dependency and prolong the war.


stillaneocon on January 22, 2007 at 10:53 AM

Michelle, I listened to this twice and never heard you say that “Iraqi Capt. Jamil Hussein” is actually a pseudonym, which if true means that the AP has violated journalistic ethics 61 times by naming him as the source in as many stories, without specifying that the name is a pseudonym the first time it’s mentioned in each story.

It is very important when discussing this controversy to mention this fact, which helps to explain why the MoI said he didn’t exist: He doesn’t, at least under the name given by the AP. So when the Dextrosphere jumped on the denials, WE WERE RIGHT (heh).

The Monster on January 22, 2007 at 11:04 AM

The MSM will report on any anti-American rumor at face value but anything positive will be ignored and never reported. When was the last time you saw report on the progress we are making there?

I wonder how long the AP and the like have been pulling this… since Vietnam perhaps?

CrazyFool on January 22, 2007 at 11:31 AM

Great Vent Michelle! We need this exposure to the MSM’s tactics of “reporting” that support their bias to the Left.

The “Mad Blog Rabble” seem to be in revolt at the notion of eating everything and anything that the Imperial MSM feeds them. How dare those ungrateful peasants question her Imperial Majesty Kathleen Carroll who is molding their opinion for their own good. They do not have the intelligence of background of her Imperial Majesty to make decisions for themselves so it is provided for them, and free of charge!

I belive that this story is just the tip of the iceberg in exposing MSM “reporting” that is actually propaganda to support their own political agenda. Michelle and Hot Air seems to give the MSM the benefit of the doubt and attribute their “errors” to sloppy reporting. I do not believe that we are seeing errors, but rather deliberate and calculated “reporting” to mold public opinion to the Left’s agenda.

In short, I believe the MSM is attempting to manipulate public opinion to their own viewes, regardless of facts or the truth.

We can fight back by exposing more examples of their “reporting”. I believe that the closer one looks into their stories the easier it is going to get to come up with more, and more, and yet more examples such as this one.

Good Hunting Michelle and Hot Air Folk!

omegaram on January 22, 2007 at 12:04 PM

No, no, no, no!

This is makes the msm look bad. How dare you question their veracity! You, you….blogger.

What’s next, MM?

Claims of doctored news photos or doubts about the IDF torching defenseless ambulances??

I can tell you right now, young lady, you’re OFF their Christmas winter holiday list.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 22, 2007 at 12:10 PM

The PR war is a lost cause.

The Libs have spoken their truth to power. If you repeat anything enough, it will be taken as fact by an ignorant populace with too many things competing for their attention….American Idol, the Emmies…is Britney wearing her panties today???

Lazy America makes me sick.

seejanemom on January 22, 2007 at 10:48 AM

But jane, there is a flip-side to that – if people like Michelle keep up their tireless efforts to expose the MSM for their lazy, inaccurate, and anti-American biased reporting, sooner or later people will get the message and tune out whatever they say, or at least turn on their skeptic-o-meter regarding MSM reporting.

thirteen28 on January 22, 2007 at 1:19 PM

Look how lazy and inaccurate the MSM was with the Katrina story. While it was a difficult site to cover, it was in our own country and not in a war zone. The MSM accepted and reported all kinds of rumors as facts e.g. cannibalization and gun battles in the Superdome or the levees being blown up. There was very little filtering of information until later when some reporters were able to follow up. There was also a lack or resistance to explain the logistical difficulties that responders faced getting manpower and supplies to the site. It was easier to complain and report that nothing was happening.

In Iraq, this trend has continued where reporters are relying on local stringers and not vetting the information. They are taking whatever they get and reporting as fact. it is easier and safer. Because it is a foreign country and in a war zone, they are not making the effort to follow up.

The MSM is lazy and only interested in getting anything in print or on TV. Being honest and saying that they don’t have a good picture or grasp of the situation doesn’t sell. Reporting about success stories like school openings, doesn’t sell.

Mallard T. Drake on January 22, 2007 at 1:23 PM

Someone should check to see if the Iraqi Official who vouched for Jamil Hussein has allot of new cash and assets.

Jamil Hussein Responds personally.

Egfrow on January 22, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Something is wrong, either with the link to Flopping Ace’s site, or something is wrong with Flopping Ace’s site.

It might be a temporary glitch. I don’t know.

EFG on January 22, 2007 at 2:33 PM

The best vent yet

Opinionnation on January 22, 2007 at 3:52 PM

Centcom needs to recognize and accept that the media is working for the enemy.

Centcom needs to peel off a half dozen guys who’s ONLY JOB is to VERY QUICKLY go to the site of a suspect story and completely document the situation with video, stills, GPS coordinates, interviews, pictures of fresh graves, proof of date(pics of current newspapers in every shot) etc.

Purple Avenger on January 22, 2007 at 4:01 PM

How embarrassing for the AP and how insightful into the motives of people “reporting” from Iraq.
Somehow even tho now completely and thoroughly debunked as a source and a story, we wont see any response from the AP.

labwrs on January 22, 2007 at 4:29 PM

“Lt. Col Miska pointed out the key to the problem. Our journalists now seem willing to report rumors as actual facts, without checking them out. Is this a new phenomenon? It seems like it. But having not paid much attention to the media pre-9/11, I’ve got nothing to compare it to.”

Kevin M on January 22, 2007 at 10:40 AM

The distinction depends on the political orientation of the target of the “rumor.” The media can still display remarkable restraint when it perceives the need for it: recall, for example, how Newsweek had the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky story long before Matt Drudge, but spiked it. Consider also how most media are still looking up at the ceiling and whistling about the more recent revelations about Sandy Berger.

It will be most interesting to see how the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” medai policy regarding Hillary will take effect in the 2008 election, especially given that most of the Clinton-era scandals were hers.

“Fake but accurate” and “It could be true” are source/evidentiary standards applied selectively to people the media don’t like (e.g., Republicans in general and George Bush in particular, as well as the U.S. armed forces). But if you’re in their good graces, they can still demonstrate some degree of circumspection.

Spurius Ligustinus on January 22, 2007 at 5:05 PM

It is embarrassments such as this that make the MSM seethe and try at any time they can to cast “bloggers” as stupid and dumb. I’m sure there are some “bloggers” that are not ethical/decent and are just as stupid as the MSM..but there are great bloggers out there that threaten them and they no likey.

Highrise on January 22, 2007 at 6:06 PM

Wow, Michelle you’ve taken the addage “If you want anything done right you gotta do it yourself” to the next level! I mean! Thanks for your outstanding courage and perseverence. You are one tough cookie, er or is that FIRECRACKER! The MSM are trying to marginalize your impact here, but to no avail. I’m senseing just the opposite. We are at a crucial time in the war. We can’t look for recognition from the doomsday naysayers. We need to stabilize Iraq and move on. I hope the Presidents plan has alot of teeth!

sonnyspats1 on January 22, 2007 at 7:07 PM

They will ignore you. The story is out, that is all they care about. Like any lie from the left, it serves its purpose even after it is exposed. The retraction is slow and slight, by then the damage is done…mission accomplished.
A great job, maybe after a couple more dozen of these, they will be more careful and cover their tracks better. Don’t count on them changing, count on them being more conniving.

right2bright on January 22, 2007 at 11:16 PM

Great job as we always expect from Michelle. Precise and to the point, no BS, and backed by people who were actually there.
Now, what was that Other video about Caddys?

R D on January 22, 2007 at 11:28 PM

Must have been a glitch. Watched the Vent again and it was gone. Someone was naming his favorite cars, I swear I saw it.

R D on January 22, 2007 at 11:39 PM

A stunning achievement. Both the Vent and O’reilly tonight.
Making the case, keep it out there and let the pressure build. Story kill countdown clocks – synchronize….now!

Buck Turgidson on January 23, 2007 at 12:33 AM

BEST YET!!! Congrats MM & B.

If I only had the money to run this piece in every newspaper in America, every TV news channel in the top 100 cities, and #1 on all searches for Iraq.
But, I’ll be happy if I hear about this anywhere else , not including the blogosphere.
I can hope.
Everyone, PLEASE Digg this, and submit it everywhere you can.

shooter on January 23, 2007 at 12:41 AM

At risk of sounding repetitive, with all the resources the wire services posses you folks here and your somewhat limited crew out-report them on most every war issue just about every day of the week.

The intentional generation then dissemination of knowingly bad information by AP is downright scandalous and yet they only people out there on their trail is you folks. Great work by all and spread the word on the blogs.

chicagoray on January 23, 2007 at 8:56 AM