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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Can't Stand Good News from Iraq? Make Up Some Bad News!!!!

Unfreakingreal. (Via memeorandum)

So much good news from Iraq lately, it was only a matter of time before our nice, honest liberal MSM started creating their own news.

HUGE Kudos to Confederate Yankee for following up on this.

On Sunday, Reuters reported that the scene of a large massacre had been discovered near Baquba:

BAGHDAD, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Iraqi police said on Sunday they had found 60 decomposed bodies dumped in thick grass in Baquba, north of Baghdad.

There was no indication of how the 60 people had been killed, police said. Baquba is the capital of volatile Diyala province, where thousands of extra U.S. and Iraqi soldiers have been sent to stem growing violence.

Why did the police have such a hard time providing an indication of how the 60 people had been killed? Probably because there were no bodies to examine.

Via email from Major Rob Parke, U.S. Army:


This story is false. We have had coalition soldiers looking for the last two days at the locations that IPs reported these bodies. We've asked all the locals in the area and they have no idea what we are talking about. We've gone to areas that might be close, gone to suspicious locations, all turned up nothing.

Most of the news stories all say the report stated decomposing bodies which would indicate if it was true, it happened before we arrived. Considering we discovered an Al Qaeda Jail, courthouse, and torture house in western Baqubah, it wouldn't surprise me if there were 60 bodies buried out there somewhere. Bottom line is we have done some extensive looking and found nothing.

This is the second large-scale massacre reported in major wire services in less than six weeks that seem utterly without merit; both Reuters and the Associated Press were duped by insurgents posing as police officers who claimed 20 beheaded bodies were discovered near Um Al-Abeed on June 28.

Read the whole thing, there is also an example of a recent previous situation where the same thing just happened.

Most importantly, look who alerted Confederate Yankee of this:

(h/t to Michael Yon, who alerted me that he smelled a rat in this story all the way from his current location in Indonesia).

Once again we see that an independent jouranlist has to clean up the mess that our MSMS is making because they cannot stand that the news from Iraq recently has been GOOD.

God forbid huh?

Tracked back by:
Progress in Iraq and Afghanistan from Stormwarning's Counterterrorism...