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Is Jamil Hussein Busy Celebrating Christmas?

I have not been following the Jamil Hussein case as closely as I should have so if I'm repeating someone, my apologies, but there is one point notably absent from the Jamil Hussein scandal coverage....

Why did AP stop using him as a source?

If you look at the infamous 61 stories wherein the AP used Jamil Hussein as a source, you see the following pattern of attributions:

April: 6 Attributions

May: 16 Attributions

June: 14 Attributions

July: 4 Attributions

August: 4 Attributions

September: 5 Attributions

October: 1 Attributions

November: 8 Attributions

December: ZERO Attributions.

Jan 2007: ZERO attributions (to date.)

In the 8 months AP has been using Jamil Hussein as a source, they have never gone a month without him. Only during the pre-election run up did they go to him less than once per week. (on average) Yet suddenly, he disappeared.

It should be noted the last time AP used Jamil Hussein as a source was November 26, just hours after Curt started questioning who Jamil Hussein was. Since Curt's work became noticed in media circles, AP has never again used him as a source.

It seems curious.

But then again, maybe not.


Comments (19)

He's been interviewi... (Below threshold)
macofromoc:


He's been interviewing for the Arizona Cardinal head coaching position. It all fits.

just throwing a line to the AP

Like a bad joke, the left w... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Like a bad joke, the left will continue to milk something for all its worth, then just throw it away, never caring for it anymore.

See Sheehag, Cindy.

I just have this sneaking s... (Below threshold)
cirby:

I just have this sneaking suspicion that the "real" Jamil Hussein was some guy who worked in or around a police station (janitor or the like), who pretended to be someone else to spread some propaganda for his side. Maybe he even put on a uniform for a few minutes and held an interview in some abandoned office.

I think they could probably find him very quickly if they started sifting through low-level employee resignations in late November. This could also point to some intel leaks, if someone put their mind to it.

How long before someone fro... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

How long before someone from DU or the 9/11 conspiracy crowd (I repeat myself) claims that "they" got to him, and put him in an unmarked grave?

Cool! The sooner the chai... (Below threshold)
MyPetGloat:

Cool! The sooner the chairborne warriors clear up this ongoing story over whether one source for one story from one major media outlet is credible, then the MSM will bow down and only report news we'll get out of Iraq!!

Teh Awesome 1!!

The ONLY source for numerou... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

The ONLY source for numerous stories from the outfit who supplies the news for most papers, mind you Gloat.

But, hey, who says the media needs to report the news? That's so passe.
-=Mike

What a freaking idiot:... (Below threshold)
Paul:

What a freaking idiot:

The sooner the chairborne warriors clear up this ongoing story over whether one source for one story from one major media outlet is credible,

What part of 61 stories don't you understand?

That fact you are such demonstrable moron is really amazing.

Cirby:The bad thing ... (Below threshold)
RicardoVerde:

Cirby:
The bad thing is there might never have been a Jamil Hussein. Unsourced rumors in Iraq could be posted as by "Jamil" just so those in the loop could tell the difference between documented news and hearsay. But, hey, if it matches with the party line, what's the difference between the two? Fake.

But accurate.

Check the date on the last ... (Below threshold)

Check the date on the last entry - should be 07

Actually, Jamil Hussein is ... (Below threshold)

Actually, Jamil Hussein is dead.

On the bright side, now Bob Woodward can interview him!

That should clear everything up nicely.

The bad thing is there m... (Below threshold)
cirby:

The bad thing is there might never have been a Jamil Hussein.

Oh, there probably wasn't. But one of the things the AP insisted on was that they knew he was a police captain because they met him in his office.

So they either lied about that little detail as well, or they were suckers for an enemy propaganda campaign.

Karen Hughes??... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Karen Hughes??

This seems less likely but ... (Below threshold)
Robin Goodfellow:

This seems less likely but there is the possibility that the AP is still using him as a source but not crediting him by name. Meaning he could be just another "unnamed source(s)" now.

Either way, this pattern, especially if it keeps up, is pretty damning with regards to the AP's credulity.

Jeez, you complained when h... (Below threshold)
blackcat77:

Jeez, you complained when he attributed stuff and now you complain when he doesn't... :)

(SNL mode:)The oddes... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

(SNL mode:)
The oddest thing is that the Iraqi Police office where Jamil Hussein worked had a phone number that started +1-...


Seriously though, my feeling is that this incident, combined with the others in which the A.P. has been caught, is likely indicative of a systemic problem at the bureau.

What part of 61 stories ... (Below threshold)
MyPetGloat:

What part of 61 stories don't you understand?

That fact you are such demonstrable moron is really amazing.


Yet it's only the one Imam story that has the wingnut brigade's knickers in a bunch and gives them carte blanche to claim that every story coming out of Iraq from AP is untrue. That would practically take shit for brains to do but then again, that would also be an insult to shit.

Still unsure? Go there yourself.

Go there yourself and see if the Evil Liberal MSM (tm) is dilberately misleading an ignorant and unsuspecting 70% of the nation. Yeah, thats it -Reuters, AP, Times, all liars. Their job is to undermine the presidency and broadcast defeatism!
The wingnuts really know whats going on in the hot zones of Fallujah from what they read from the Hot Air blog! Mortar attack in Sadir City? U.S. casualties at a rate of one battalion per month? Pfft! Charles Johnson and Michelle Malkin got a breaking story on the puppy kennels opening in Baghdad! Look!, theres a photo of John Kerry momentarily eating alone! Were winning, dude!

Yet it's only the one Im... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Yet it's only the one Imam story that has the wingnut brigade's knickers in a bunch and gives them carte blanche to claim that every story coming out of Iraq from AP is untrue.

Nope.

It's the one that's definitely, provably, blatantly false, that has been tracked down and nailed to the wall.

Most of the rest of those stories are unprovable, and nobody has any backup reporting that says the same events happened in most of them. "Jamil Hussein" was the only source and only reporting that claims those other attacks and deaths happened at all, and he probably doesn't exist.


Jamil must have transferred... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Jamil must have transferred to yet another police station, as he has been reporting from several different precincts in Baghdad.

Or maybe he works at the AP, under an alias. Who knows?

Yet it's only the... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
Yet it's only the one Imam story that has the wingnut brigade's knickers in a bunch and gives them carte blanche to claim that every story coming out of Iraq from AP is untrue. That would practically take shit for brains to do but then again, that would also be an insult to shit.

If you were paying attention, you would have noted numerous stories that the A.P. has published that have be at best questionable (see the recently Isreali-Hizb'Allah clash - green helmet guy for reference). You're arguing that that the repeated demonstrably false stories does not warrant doubting the authenticity of every story ? The term for that is 'gullible'.. no wonder you're a liberal.




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