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Did the AP make up their source and/or their news? Did the Pentagon cover up an incident of six men being doused with kerosene and set ablaze? Why won't the AP name their investigators and witnesses? Who the heck are we supposed to believe here?

We covered the start of this story in a previous thread.

But now that the esteemed New York Times has checked in on the subject and the Associated Press and the Pentagon are slinging mud and calling eachother liars, I felt a separate thread might just be appropriate.

THE NEW YORK TIMES - THE LEDE BLOG
November 30, 2006, 10:35 am
So Just Who Is Capt. Jamil Hussein?
By Tom Zeller Jr.


EXERPT:
At the center of things is one police Capt. Jamil Hussein. Mr. Hussein was the primary source in an Associated Press wire-dispatch last Friday reporting that Shiite militiamen had “grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive near Iraqi soldiers who did not intervene.”

The report was picked up and widely repeated at various news outlets throughout the weekend.

EXERPT:
Navy Lt. Michael B. Dean, a military spokesman for the joint operations in Iraq
"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."


EXERPT:
AP’s international editor, John Daniszewski
"The attempt to question the existence of the known police officer who spoke to the AP is frankly ludicrous and hints at a certain level of desperation to dispute or suppress the facts of the incident in question."


READ MORE - Oh, check out the 94 comments at the end of the story!

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/11/30/so-just-who-is-capt-jamil-hussein/
 
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What about the other Iraqi Police/Ministry of Interior spokesmen quoted by the AP and others that the military says it cannot verify as legitimate employees of the IP/MOI published at the blog cited by the New York Times Flopping Aces?

* police Lt. Ali Abbas
* police Capt. Mohammed Abdel-Ghani.
* Police Brigadier Sarhat Abdul-Qadir
* Mosul police Director Gen. Wathiq al-Hamdani
* police Lt. Bilal Ali
* Ali al-Obaidi, a medic at Ramadi Hospital, police Maj. Firas Gaiti said.
* Police Captain Mohammed Ismail
* Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the Interior Ministry spokesman (a.k.a. Police Brigadier Abd al-Karim Khalaf, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, Brig. Abdel-Karim Khalaf)
* Mohammed Khayon, a Baghdad police lieutenant
* police spokesman Mohammed Kheyoun. (a.k.a. Police Lieutenant Mohammed Khayoun)
* Lt. Thaer Mahmoud, head of a police section responsible for releasing daily death tolls
* police Lt. Bilal Ali Majid said
* police Lt. Ali Muhsin.
* police 1st. Lt. Mutaz Salahhidine. (a.k.a. Lieutenant Mutaz Salaheddin)
* Col. Abbas Mohammed Salman policeman Haider Satar
http://floppingaces2.blogspot.com/
 
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YAHOO NEWS
THE RUMOR-MONGERING MEDIA
by Michelle Malkin
Wed Nov 29, 5:47 AM ET


You will not read one of the most significant stories of the week out of Iraq on the front page of The New York Times. CNN will not make it headline news. The Associated Press has yet to touch it.

That's because the story exposes the media's own widespread malfeasance in reporting on the war on terror -- and its refusal to be held accountable when challenged by "amateur" bloggers investigating fishy sources and claims recycled recklessly by "professional" journalists.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/uc/20061129/cm_uc_crmmax/michelle_malkin20061129

CBS NEWS
November 28, 2006 Next Post | Previous Post
Questioning Reports Out Of Iraq


http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2006/11/28/publiceye/entry2212078.shtml

CBS NEWS
November 29, 2006
The Associated Press Hits Back At The Military


http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2006/11/29/publiceye/entry2214922.shtml
 
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Fanning the flames
Sharon Tosi Moore


Our contributor Sharon Tosi Moore is an officer in the United States Army Reserves, currently serving in Iraq. Today, she writes about the disputed report of Sunnis burned alive by Shiites.

"Sunnis Burned Alive in Revenge Attacks"

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http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2006/11/fanning_the_flames.html
 
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Well, the AP reports that the Iraqi government is setting up a truth-in-media arm, citing the alleged burning story and threatening lawsuits against media outlets.

Unable to resist, AP ends its report by ominously recalling the murderous nature of Saddam Hussain's censorship of Iraqi media.

FORBES
Iraq Ministry Forms Unit to Monitor News
Associated Press 11.30.06, 6:33 PM ET


Iraq's Interior Ministry said Thursday it had formed a special unit to monitor news coverage and vowed to take legal action against journalists who failed to correct stories the ministry deemed to be incorrect.

Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, spokesman for the ministry, said the purpose of the special monitoring unit was to find "fabricated and false news that hurts and gives the Iraqis a wrong picture that the security situation is very bad, when the facts are totally different."

He said offenders would be notified and asked to "correct these false reports on their main news programs. But if they do not change those lying, false stories, then we will seek legal action against them."

Khalaf explained the news monitoring unit at a weekly Ministry of Interior briefing. As an example, he cited coverage by The Associated Press of an attack Nov. 24 on a mosque in the Hurriyah district in northwest Baghdad.

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http://www.forbes.com/infoimaging/feeds/ap/2006/11/30/ap3218452.html
 
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Remember Eason Jordan?

He's the former head of CNN who resigned after accusing the U.S. military of deliberately targeting and killing journalists.

Well, he's started up his own website. In an interesting twist, he's offered to fly conservative firebrand blogger Michelle Malkin to Iraq.

She's accepted the offer!

Malkin and other conservative bloggers challenged Jordan to find the often cited Associated Press source "Iraqi police captain Jamil Hussein." Both the U.S. and Iraqi governments deny such a person exists and accuse the AP of falling victim to a propaganda ploy.

EASON JORDAN - IRAQSLOGGER

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http://www.iraqslogger.com/index.php/post/182/Questions_and_Answers_--_Thursday

Looking for Jamil Hussein:
Accepting Eason Jordan's invitation
By Michelle Malkin · December 14, 2006 07:01 AM


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http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006537.htm
 
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Well, it's been a few weeks. Eason Jordan still hasn't found this police captain and he's now officially calling it a scandal:

The AP's Jamil Hussein Scandal
Controversy Will Haunt the AP Until It Does What is Right
By EASON JORDAN 01/01/2007 7:19 PM ET


If an Iraqi police captain by the name of Jamil Hussein exists, there is no convincing evidence of it - and that means the Associated Press has a journalistic scandal on its hands that will fester until the AP deals with it properly.

This controversy and the AP's handling of it call into question the credibility, integrity, and smarts of one of the world's biggest, most influential, most respected news organizations, the New York-based Associated Press.

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http://www.iraqslogger.com/index.php/post/486/The_APs_Jamil_Hussein_Scandal
 
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Meanwhile, it seems Associated Press repeats its previous statements, but still doesn't offer to produce the police officer. Are they just hoping the whole thing will go away?

EDITOR & PUBLISHER
AP Again Challenged on Iraqi Source -- Continues to Stand By Reporting
By Joe Strupp
Published: January 02, 2007 11:05 AM ET


NEW YORK A long-running dispute between The Associated Press and critics over one of its Iraqi sources show no signs of abating, despite at least two lengthy rebuttals by the news organization. The new IraqSlogger web site, founded by former CNN news chief, Eason Jordan, is out with a fresh challenge, after failing to resolve the issue in its own detective work. This has not set off a new round of examination by the AP, apparently.

Kathleen Carroll, AP executive editor, told E&P today that she had not read Jordan's latest item, posted Monday, and likely would not. But she stood by the news organization's previous statements backing the existence of an Iraqi police captain, Jamail Hussein.

"I've been pretty public about what we have done to get to the crux of the criticism we have gotten about it," she added.

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http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003526364
 

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Meanwhile, it seems Associated Press repeats its previous statements, but still doesn't offer to produce the police officer. Are they just hoping the whole thing will go away?

EDITOR & PUBLISHER
AP Again Challenged on Iraqi Source -- Continues to Stand By Reporting
By Joe Strupp
Published: January 02, 2007 11:05 AM ET


NEW YORK A long-running dispute between The Associated Press and critics over one of its Iraqi sources show no signs of abating, despite at least two lengthy rebuttals by the news organization. The new IraqSlogger web site, founded by former CNN news chief, Eason Jordan, is out with a fresh challenge, after failing to resolve the issue in its own detective work. This has not set off a new round of examination by the AP, apparently.

Kathleen Carroll, AP executive editor, told E&P today that she had not read Jordan's latest item, posted Monday, and likely would not. But she stood by the news organization's previous statements backing the existence of an Iraqi police captain, Jamail Hussein.

"I've been pretty public about what we have done to get to the crux of the criticism we have gotten about it," she added.

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http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003526364
No, they are not hoping that it will go away. No need to.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070104/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_jamil_hussein

Iraq threatens arrest of police officer

<!-- END HEADLINE --> <!-- BEGIN STORY BODY --> By STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press Writer Thu Jan 4, 5:11 PM ET

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media.
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The captain, whose full name is Jamil Gholaiem Hussein, was one of the sources for an AP story in late November about the burning and shooting of six people during a sectarian attack at a Sunni mosque.
 
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Yep, they've found him and they're going to arrest him. Wonkette takes it one step further, as political satire, of course.

WONKETTE.COM
AP's Mysterious Iraqi Police Source Is Real & Soon To Be Executed


U.S. bloggers will be thrilled to learn that the Iraqi police official who frequently gave horrific scoops to Baghdad&#8217;s AP bureau will soon be arrested and probably executed by Iraq&#8217;s government. This will teach those Blame America First people to always doubt actual journalists crazy enough to try to report news from Iraq, where the main news is everybody gets kidnapped and blown up and decapitated, every single day, forever.

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http://www.wonkette.com/politics/ir...ource-is-real--soon-to-be-executed-226398.php
 

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