The AP is so busted, again. The fauxtography scandal this past summer should have been the final nail in the coffin of the this jihad propaganda machine. More proof that the only place for real news is the blogs, alert the media. Reader Carolyn writes;
Jules Crittenden of the Boston Herald has just written a bombshell expose on the AP. I had written earlier of how the AP was using a suspicious 'Captain Jamil Hussein' to report on 6 Sunnis burned alive in their mosque - a burning which the American military in Iraq swore never took place. This incident prompted a blogger to begin investigating this 'Captain' (the only source for this 'burning Sunnis' story) to discover the 'Captain' was the only source for countless other atrocities the AP swore was the 'truth'. When confronted with this, the AP stubbornly supported Captain Hussein.
Interesting because Crittenden now reports that Captain Jamil Hussein doesn't even EXIST!
The AP is sniffing self-righteously that it doesn't have to prove Hussein is real. Seems their hands are full defending another 'objective' reporter - Bilal Hussein. Unfortunately, this Hussein's reporting is real and he has the grisly photos to prove it. Photos of Iraqi terrorists shooting American soldiers and then whooping and hollering after they score a hit. The AP was not upset publishing Bilal's dear little 'snuff' films for the world to see. In fact, they only got upset when the Army arrested Bilal after he was found in a terrorist bomb factory, with a terrorist bomber and Bilal's hands covered in terrorist bomb explosives.
Say No to AP's shoddy Work Jules Crittenden
Curt at Floppingaces , led the charge. He thought there was something strange about an AP report, and took a second look at it, then a third look. He and others blew the lid off it. The AP is making up war crimes. But the resulting stink in the blogosphere has barely wrinkled a nose in the mainstream press. The ethics-obsessed Poynter Institute seems to be oblivious to it.
It has to do with the AP’s Iraqi stringers and an oft-quoted Iraqi police captain named Jamil Hussein. Problem is, the Iraqi police say Capt. Hussein does not exist. The Iraqi police and U.S. military say an incident described in an AP report - Iraqi soldiers standing by as people were burned alive in a mosque - didn’t happen. Another AP-reported incident, U.S. soldiers shooting 11 civilians, also never happened, the military says.
When the AP was forced to acknowledge this situation, it did so in a story about a new Interior Ministry policy regarding false reports. The AP buried the fact that its own false report prompted this new policy.
The AP stands by its reporting.. The AP has cast “Capt. Jamil Hussein” simply as someone not authorized to speak, and AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll has sniffed morally: “Good reporting relies on more than government-approved sources.”
The AP has another Iraqi stringer problem. Photographer Bilal Hussein is in U.S. custody, and the AP has been clamoring indignantly for his release. AP reports have buried the U.S. explanation that Hussein is being held without charge because - quite aside from producing photos that showed him to be overly intimate with terrorists in Fallujah - he was in an al-Qaeda bomb factory, with an al-Qaeda bombmaker, with traces of explosives on his person when he was arrested.
The AP, of course, has been delivering unbalanced reports about U.S. national politics for some time, as when President Bush, whom AP reporters despise, is barely allowed to state his case on an issue before his critics are given twice as much space to pummel him. The AP, once a just-the-facts news delivery service, has lost its rudder. It has become a partisan, anti-American news agency that seeks to undercut a wartime president and American soldiers in the field. It is providing fraudulent, shoddy goods. It doesn’t even recognize it has a problem.
This is the point at which, another big American industry learned, people start buying Japanese. But as an American newspaper, if you want to provide your readers with affordable regional, national and international news, you have to deal with the AP.
UPDATE: Not just AP, the jihad media has been subverting Bush and his message for years. Charles has the must read post here;
BLACKSBURG, VA., November 30, 2006 — Jim A. Kuypers, assistant professor of communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, reveals a disturbing world of media bias in his new book Bush’s War: Media Bias and Justifications for War in a Terrorist Age (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006).
Convincingly and without resorting to partisan politics, Kuypers strongly illustrates in eight chapters “how the press failed America in its coverage on the War on Terror.” In each comparison, Kuypers “detected massive bias on the part of the press.” In fact, Kuypers calls the mainstream news media an “anti-democratic institution” in the conclusion.
“What has essentially happened since 9/11 has been that Bush has repeated the same themes, and framed those themes the same whenever discussing the War on Terror,” said Kuypers, who specializes in political communication and rhetoric. “Immediately following 9/11, the mainstream news media (represented by CBS, ABC, NBC, USA Today, New York Times, and Washington Post) did echo Bush, but within eight weeks it began to intentionally ignore certain information the president was sharing, and instead reframed the president’s themes or intentionally introduced new material to shift the focus.”
This goes beyond reporting alternate points of view. “In short,” Kupyers explained, “if someone were relying only on the mainstream media for information, they would have no idea what the president actually said. It was as if the press were reporting on a different speech.”