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Monday, November 27, 2006

It's Official: Media Body Burning Story is Bogus

Cross-posted from Newsbusters.com

It's Official: Media Body Burning Story is Bogus
Posted by Greg Sheffield on November 27, 2006 - 13:25.

The news that six Sunnis were captured by Shiites, doused with kerosine and burned alive, was too sensational to not be picked up by the mainstream media. But it turns out that the event never happened. Furthermore, the Iraqi "spokesman" relied on to give all information regarding this event is as fictional as the story itself.

Jamil Hussein, the man news reports called "police Capt. Jamil Hussein," was the source for all information regarding the burning. Although he is mentioned by USA Today, the Associated Press, CBS News, and other outlets, Central Command says no such person exists. Centcom also asked the Associated Press to retract the story unless it has proof beyond Jamil Hussein's word.

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
CENTCOM
Dear Associated Press:

On Nov. 24, 2006, your organization published an article by Qais Al-Bashir about six Sunnis being burned alive in the presence of Iraqi Police officers. This news item, which is below, received an enormous amount of coverage internationally.

We at Multi-National Corps - Iraq made it known through MNC-I Press Release Number 20061125-09 and our conversations with your reporters that neither we nor Baghdad Police had any reports of such an incident after investigating it and could find no one to corroborate the story. A couple of hours ago, we learned something else very important. We can tell you definitively that the primary source of this story, police Capt. Jamil Hussein, is not a Baghdad police officer or an MOI employee. We verified this fact with the MOI through the Coalition Police Assistance Training Team.

Also, we definitely know, as we told you several weeks ago through the MNC-I Media Relations cell, that another AP-popular IP spokesman, Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq, supposedly of the city’s Yarmouk police station, does not work at that police station and is also not authorized to speak on behalf of the IP. The MOI has supposedly issued a warrant for his questioning.

I know we have informed you that there exists an MOI edict that no one below the level of chief is authorized to be an Iraqi Police spokesperson. An unauthorized IP spokesperson will get fired for talking to the media. While I understand the importance of a news agency to use anonymous and unauthorized sources, it is still incumbent upon them to make sure their facts are straight. Was this information verified by anyone else? If the source providing the information is lying about his name, then he ought not to be represented as an official IP spokesperson and should be listed as an anonymous source.

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, acknowledging that the source named in the story is not who he claimed he was. MNC-I and MNF-I are always available and willing to verify events and provide as much information as possible when asked.

Very respectfully,
LT XXXXXX
XXXX X XXXXXXXX
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
MNC-I Joint Operations Center
Public Affairs Officer

We know that USA Today, CBS News, the Associated Press and Reuters have been caught over and over again lying and distorting in their reporting from Iraq and from the recent Israeli-Hezbollah conflict. In this atmosphere I suppose it is too much to ask that they not publish stories from non-existent persons and from obvious propagandists for people who want to kill us?

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5 Comments:

At 9:28 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I wonder if the intent all along was to stoke Shia/Sunni violence with the GOAL of creating civil war.
If that's the case, the media "helped" the cause.

 
At 4:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that the biggest problem with the Liberal news media in this country is, that they feel they are a global news media, and have no allegiance to any particular country, including the United States where they live. We all knew that they were biased, and that their actions are traitorous against the very country that they live it. So can anyone tell me why people even listen to them? Are they just plain stupid, ignorant, or do they hate this country as much as the Liberal news media? I just haven't been able to figure this one out. Fox News has got more viewers and better ratings than any of these Liberal news media stations all put together. That has to tell you something!

 
At 5:36 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

The unfortunate fact that all American patriots have to face is that a large number of Americans have been brainwashed by their public school teachers and their Vietnam-aftermath college professors into hating America. The press would not last long with their anti-Americanism if this audience did not exist.

 
At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Ronbo said...

The MSM is the gift that keeps on giving!

They have been caught red handed in so many lies that millions of Americans never believes anything the MSM says unless it is confirmed by an independent source.

At this rate, the MSM will not exist in ten years....and without its propaganda ministry the Left will fall apart.

Cheers, Ronbo

 
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