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Before I get to the Associated Press and its vile decision to publish an embedded photographer's image of a dying Marine in Afghanistan over the objections of the Marine's family and the Pentagon, I want to remind you that we've been down this disgusting road before. In February 2007, the New York Times published an... Read More
The Associated Press has really outdone itself. Just look at this headline: Analysis: Obama achieves defining TV shot in Iraq It's a drool-drenched piece on Obama's masterful "achievement" -- manipulating a politically expedient photo op with the troops in Baghdad. The AP "analysis" -- or rather, adjunct public relations release -- praises Obama for creating... Read More
Amnesty does not equal absolution.
The Associated Press is reporting: There is more to this story, believe me. Amnesty does not equal absolution. Stay tuned--and do not just rely on the conflict-of-interest-addled Associated Press for the news.
Chutzpah.
Priceless: "AP Threatens Blogger for Unauthorized Reproduction of Photos . . . Then Reproduces Photos Without Authorization." But of course, this self-exempting journalism is par for the course for the AP.
I meant to note this intriguing New York Times story on Associated Press stringer/suspected jihadi collaborator Bilal Hussein earlier today, but got tied up with column-writing duties. As the Jawa Report points out, there are some important details revealed in the piece that once again downplays the dangers of collaborating with foreign stringers. Look: That's... Read More
Update: Jim Hanson at PJM reports on how Hussesin first came under military scrutiny in 2004. Pajamas Media has seen an email from a military source involved with the operation, confirming that Bilal Hussein and several others in the Fallujah area during 2004 had come to the attention of US forces tasked with information operations.... Read More
*** Update 11:50pm Eastern: Via the AFP, the US military reveals some details... The US military has filed a formal complaint with an Iraqi criminal court accusing a detained, award-winning Associated Press photographer of being a "terrorist media operative," the Pentagon said Monday. Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, said the military made the complaint... Read More
***updates: Eason Jordan weighs in...plus...AP stringer found dead**** Just received this from Linda Wagner of the Associated Press: The following news story about your recent inquiry has just moved on the AP wire. BC-Iraq-Jamil Hussein,1116< Iraq threatens arrest of police captain who spoke to media< By STEVEN R. HURST= Associated Press Writer= BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP)... Read More
Paging Kathleen Carroll My blogging has been lighter than usual the past few weeks due to family time, Fox News duties, holiday chaos, holiday illness--and, yes, planning for a trip to Iraq. As you know, ex-CNN newsman Eason Jordan extended an invitation to me three weeks ago to go to Iraq to investigate the Associated... Read More
My new travel partner? Eason Jordan reports on his new website, Iraqslogger, that his team is in Baghdad looking for Jamil Hussein. They have not found him yet--which is newsworthy in itself--and get this: He has offered to pay for me to join the search in Iraq and accompany me: Who is Jamil Hussein? Michelle... Read More
"Who is Jamil Hussein?" is becoming the new "Who is John Galt?"--a blogospheric refrain that both summarizes and challenges MSM apathy about its questionable war reporting. Townhall's Mary Katharine Ham is the latest to pose the question in the Washington Examiner. Historian and Army infantry officer Robert Bateman, using the latest AP scandal over its... Read More
The Associated Press controversy over its six burning Sunnis story is not just about AP. It's a burning credibility crisis that stretches from Pallywood to the Fauxtography scandal and beyond. Milblogger Greyhawk takes on the Times' Ed Wong and his reporting in Hurriya. Greyhawk zeroes in on this paragraph: Apparently a separate incident from the... Read More
***update: video - Jules Crittenden on Fox*** The controversy over the Associated Press' coverage of the alleged burning of six burning Sunnis in Hurriya, Iraq last month continues--even if most of the media refuses to confront it. This morning, the New York Times' Tom Zeller--one of the few on the case--follows up his blog coverage... Read More
***scroll for updates...NYTimes blogger Tom Zeller Jr weighs in...plus: bloggers note the significance of the capture of Mazer Al-Jubouri, aka the Baghdad Sniper, and his group...103pm Eastern...Curt has posted the AP's non-response response...802pm Eastern update on the source list...see below...*** I've been following up with CENTCOM on the Associated Press/sketchy sources brouhaha. Just heard this... Read More
***scroll for updates...(fyi, my gmail is still down. if you are trying to reach me, use this temporary address: malkinblog-at-yahoo.com)...see below for AP tinfoil hat editorializing...plus, read Mary Katharine Ham's very useful reconstruction of how the AP story moved and evolved on the wires...*** ***940pm Eastern update. This is really dishonest. Yahoo! is now featuring... Read More
The Associated (with terrorists) Press reported yesterday on a lobbying campaign to free its Iraqi-based photographer Bilal Hussein, who has been in U.S. military detention since April (a fact first reported not by the A(w/t)P, but here on this blog). Who is spearheading the Free Bilal lobbying campaign? Yup, the A(w/t)P: The U.S. military's indefinite... Read More
Rep. Louise Slaughter: Water carrier for AP and security detainee Bilal Hussein The Associated (with terrorists) Press thinks it's news that a Democrat congresswoman is recycling the suppressed-news organization's talking points about Bilal Hussein, the AP photographer who was discovered by American troops in a Ramadi apartment with an alleged al Qaeda leader and a... Read More
Tom Curley: Head of the A(wt)P What do you do when you are a global news organization under fire for suppressing five-month-old news of the capture of one of your employees by American troops in a Ramadi apartment with an alleged al Qaeda leader and a weapons cache? You run to a sympathetic news organization... Read More
Still traveling and catching up on news/mail. The three Christians in Indonesia I blogged about last week were executed yesterday by firing squad. Indonesian blogger Stan liveblogged the day's events. BBC coverage here. Context here and here and here. My initial post prompted much caterwauling from tone-deaf moonbat bloggers who accused me of hypocrisy for... Read More
Yesterday evening, I received a call from my column syndicate, Creators Syndicate. The Associated Press had phoned my editor to inform her that it would be sending a response to my column yesterday about detained AP photographer Bilal Hussein. (Funny how quickly they respond now. Where have they been the past five months? Oh, right:... Read More
It's spin time. The Associated (With Terrorists) Press is now waging a p.r. campaign against what it calls the "so-called blogosphere" over detained photographer Bilal Hussein. After five months of stonewalling, the "so-called reporters" at AP finally reported what this blog reported on April 12--that Hussein had indeed been captured by the US military in... Read More
***9/18 7:21 pm Eastern update: Bumping to the top...originally posted September 17, 2006 11:53 AM Pentagon says tonight that Bilal Hussein had strong insurgent ties:
***update - results: The NYTimes issues a correction to its pieta online photo caption: "A picture caption with an audio slide show on July 27 about an Israeli attack on a building in Tyre, Lebanon, imprecisely described the situation in the picture. The man pictured, who had been seen in previous images appearing to assist... Read More
***scroll for updates...a reminder about Reuters' news-gathering policy from the Reuters website: "Our policy is to send news to our customers only after scrutiny by a group of production editors who ensure quality standards are maintained across all our news services. When we get something wrong, our policy is to be honest about errors and... Read More
Which side are they on? The New York Times settles the question definitively with a hysterical, unreality-based lead editorial today recycling the BDS attacks on the War on Terror--but even more so with this disgusting pictorial tribute to Iraqi terrorists killing American soldiers, spotted by the vigilant Charles Johnson at LGF. The picture featured by... Read More
Where is Bilal Hussein--and who is he working for? A year ago, I blogged about a controversial, Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken by an unidentified Associated Press stringer in Iraq. More background from the blogosphere here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Do take the time to re-read them all. The context is... Read More
Bill Roggio investigates. (Hat tip - Instapundit) Also a related must-read at The Jawa Report: Bilal Hussein and the Continuing Saga of Insurgent Propaganda via the Media And Neil Munro's investigation of phony MSM war photography at The National Journal: Real Or Fake? Stay tuned...
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