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Reuters Retracts Iraqi Beheading Story

A couple of days ago I linked to Bob Owens' post about a story the AP ran about 20 decapitated bodies (along with heads) found in Iraq. Bob was questioning whether or not the story was genuine since the sourcing was sketchy, at best. Reuters also ran the story which it now appears was a hoax. Newsbusters posted the following which Reuters ran today.

BAGHDAD, June 30 (Reuters) - Media reports attributed to Iraqi police of 20 decapitated bodies found south of Baghdad this week were untrue and may have been planted by insurgents to provoke revenge attacks, the U.S. military said on Saturday.


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But it wasn't anti-military... (Below threshold)

But it wasn't anti-military sentiment that made them run the story in the first place, right?

Shouldn't the al-Reuters re... (Below threshold)
marc:

Shouldn't the al-Reuters retraction headline read: "Heads Don't Roll."

All the media outlets will feature the retraction on their front pages in .... 10, 9, 8, 7......

ccg:Once again you... (Below threshold)
JFO:

ccg:

Once again you open your mouth (figuratively) and the usual offensive, odorous flow comes out. Stupid as always. Reuters is an English company you fool. Give us the evidence of that anti-military sentiment."

JFO<a href="http:/... (Below threshold)
JFO, do you just wander thr... (Below threshold)

JFO, do you just wander through Wizbang looking for places I've posted?

JFO:Once again... (Below threshold)
marc:

JFO:

Once again you open your mouth (figuratively) and the usual offensive, odorous flow comes out. Stupid as always. Reuters is an English company you fool. Give us the evidence of that anti-military sentiment."

And once again you post utter nonsense while accusing others of same.

C-C-G:

JFO, do you just wander through Wizbang looking for places I've posted?

You have a blog paparazzi!! You should "be so proud," you've reached Britney, Lohan status.

On the other hand, I'd watch my back...

Actually, I think JFO is mo... (Below threshold)

Actually, I think JFO is more like a stalker than paparazzi. He is obsessed with me, it seems.

HughS:And that is ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

HughS:

And that is "proof" of reuters "ant-military sentiment"? You're more pathetic than ccg with that nonsense from when? About what? Keep grasping at those straws you true believer you.

Holy crap. JFO, get a grip ... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Holy crap. JFO, get a grip will ya? You're getting spittle on the screen.

Just wait a few days and I'... (Below threshold)

Just wait a few days and I'm sure they'll find 20 real beheaded bodies somewhere. Nearly 100 people are killed every day in Iraq.

Nearly 100 people ... (Below threshold)
Nearly 100 people are killed every day in Iraq.

Mostly by al-Qaeda, which is who we're trying to stop.

Are you kidding Who? I'm ha... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Are you kidding Who? I'm having a ball, playing some poker and lauging at these wingnust goofs. Go read that pathetic link HughS made to try and defend his soul-mate ccg. You have to laugh when you read these guys. These guys are even better than the funny papers!!

Are you kidding Wh... (Below threshold)
Are you kidding Who? I'm having a ball, playing some poker and lauging at these wingnust goofs. Go read that pathetic link HughS made to try and defend his soul-mate ccg. You have to laugh when you read these guys. These guys are even better than the funny papers!!

Ladies and gentlemen, we are in the presence of greatness. I give you, Sitting BullS***!

That was weak, but then you... (Below threshold)
JFO:

That was weak, but then you're weak. Still waiting for the evidence of your allegation that reuters has "anti-military sentiment". Your soul-mate Hugh tried to save you but he was more pathetic than you.

Again, where's the evidence? Or be a man and admit you: 1) lied or 2) just made a mistake.

JFO, I never said they did,... (Below threshold)

JFO, I never said they did, I asked if they did. There's a big difference. But I'm sure it's too much for your sock-puppet brain.

ccg:Good god man a... (Below threshold)
JFO:

ccg:

Good god man are you really serious? You aren't a man, you're a weak right wing true believing blind fool. Try that back pedaling defense on a pre-schooler. On second thought, you couldn't get it past a pre-schooler. You got caught as you frequently do and then you come up with absurd defenses like this one. next thing you know you'll say it was "humor" or "sarcasm" which are the ones you use the most.

P.S.Even Hugh knew... (Below threshold)
JFO:

P.S.

Even Hugh knew what you meant as he tried his pathetic defense of your stupid allegation.

Ahh, JFO, you are so fun to... (Below threshold)

Ahh, JFO, you are so fun to play with. I made that first comment very deliberately, to draw people like you in and let you make fools of yourselves. And, true to form, you followed me here and did just what I expected.

Bravo, JFO! Bravissimo!

Next time try not to rise to the bait... it's more of a challenge that way, and I like a challenge.

ccg:jesus H Christ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

ccg:

jesus H Christ you are sad - a liar and a weakling. Your second attempt at a rationalization which flies right in the face of the one above is just, well, sad. You need to learn to be a man, or a woman - whichever. I guess better said - a grownup. You're worse than a toddler caught with his hand in a cookie jar.

Now which is it ccg: 1) it was just a question (first defense); 2) a joke (second defense); 3) a mistake; 4) a lit. It has to be one of those four. You can't weasel anymore.

oops 4) is a lie.... (Below threshold)
JFO:

oops 4) is a lie.

JFOSpecifically refu... (Below threshold)

JFO
Specifically refute the link.
These guys have been at it longer than you have been out of diapers.

JFOI'm having ... (Below threshold)

JFO
I'm having a ball, playing some poker and lauging at these wingnust goofs.

I'll pay to have a place at the table with you.

Refute the link you idiot? ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Refute the link you idiot? Just read the damn thing. That's all anyone needs to do. Why don't you point out where in the 2001 , repeat 2001, article there is evidence of Reuter's "anti-military sentiment?"

By the way, even your soul-mate idiot buddy ccg is going backwards faster than a fart. Read his 2 silly rationalizations - which completely conflict with one another - for his comment. Geez, do you wingnuts actually ever read others comments?

I'll let you in for free an... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I'll let you in for free and I'll teach you how to read what your buddies and your links actually say.

JFO When was the ... (Below threshold)

JFO

When was the last time the AP,NYTimes,Rueters,BBC
etc. had to retract a story that was "positive" about the War on Terror.The press abroad and at home has done a terrible job reporting the whole story about the War on Terror.
How many terrorist have been killed?
How many schools have been opened?
How much has the Iraq economy grown?
How long does it take for a country to go from a brutal dictatorship to a free government run by the people?
How many mass graves have been found?
How many torture chambers have been found?
How many terrorist training camps of Saddam's
did we shut down?
How many terrorist wanted around the world were found in Iraq?
How many checks did Saddam send to Palestinian
homicide bombers families?
How many thousands of Men,Women, and children did Saddam kill with WMD's.
Who did Saddam give most of his Air Force to before we invaded in the Gulf War(hint,it is one of those terrorist leaders you super-intelligent liberals always say he would have never worked with,like UBL)?
How many pictures of Iraqi men,women, and children running up and hugging our Soldiers have been on the front page?
How many people voted for a free government system and how many times did they vote?
How many of those super-intelligent liberals
said Saddam had WMD's,connections to Al-qaeda,and voted to send out Soldiers to war only to turn their backs on them?
Your not going to see these stories brought up
because it does not fit your "I hate Bush"mantra
that you coffee shop libs qualify as intelligent discussion.

Baxter:What on ear... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Baxter:

What on earth does that silly laundry list have to do with an unfounded, unproven allegation that Reuters has "anti-militery sentiment"? The idiot that wrote it didn't even know it's not an american news agency.

The ongoing whining rant of you goofy wingnuts about he biased media has gotten so old, is so trite and so boring that well JUST SHUT UP about it will ya? if you were my child I'd swat you and send you to your room for pouting. Yeah, the media is responsible for all the ills of the world - none of the leaders of the free worlds are responsible for anything. Go away, shut up and stick your thumb back in your mouth.

Just read the damn thing... (Below threshold)
Who's John Galt?:

Just read the damn thing. That's all anyone needs to do.
Translated: I don't have a clue. I don't know the first thing about refuting anything.

Go away, shut up and stick your thumb back in your mouth.
Translated: You guys are making me look real bad in front of my strip-poker playing buddies.

Sounds like someone gave ol... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Sounds like someone gave old JFO (Just Frigging Obnoxious) a fullblown weggie. snicker snort

All MSM has Anti U.S. Milit... (Below threshold)
OFJ:

All MSM has Anti U.S. Military sentiment,not a question,like C-C-G,ask,FACT,period.Eat it JFO.

"Just wait a few days and I... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

"Just wait a few days and I'm sure they'll find 20 real beheaded bodies somewhere. Nearly 100 people are killed every day in Iraq."

What a concept! This is "fake, but accurate" at its best. Whether or not the story was substantiated by reliable sources, go ahead and print it anyway. It certainly fits the template so what the heck? I am astonished (as I was by Dan Rather's "fake, but accurate") that some are so honest about not caring whether or not a report is true.

Regarding the comment itself...Is it really only 100 a day being killed in a country at war? I hadn't really thought about it, but always assumed it was higher. I wonder how many are killed in the U.S. everyday. It has to be more than 100.

JFO The part that ... (Below threshold)

JFO

The part that read "The press abroad and at home has done a terrible job at reporting the whole story about the War on Terror" pretty much includes foreign and domestic news services.
If your dumb liberal [email protected]@ could read than you would know that.
But if your dumb liberal [email protected]@ could read and your IQ was higher than your blood alcohol level than you could see that the list I made directly address the lack of reporting on issues that would support what our Military is doing.
Reuters photo shopped images during the Israeli/Lebanon conflict last year and this bogus beheading story that had no real confirmation are
just examples of the rush to put out a story that
makes our efforts to combat jihadist much more difficult.
If your dumb liberal [email protected]@ does not get it,than
take your olberman wanna be [email protected]@ over to Iraq and
tell Rear Admiral Fox that there is no anti-military bias in the media. He sees it and says it costs lives.
Bogus reports about mass murder incite groups to retaliate which gets our Soldiers and innocent men,women,and children killed.
Is that simple enough for you liberal or do you need to go upstairs and get your mother to explain
it to you.

Hey JFO, come visit my ne... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Hey JFO, come visit my neck of the woods and walk the streets in some of your democrat infested neighborboods. I can't think of a better person worthy of being the next victim of a drive by. Your party's propagandist failing rag can use your sorry ass and write a piece like this: "Brave democrat spills his blood for his Country".

What do you say? This Country is worth dying for isn't it ? Or how about your treasonous party of Criminal Frauds you worship so much , do it for them. Your life is obviously a worthless POS. Do something with it loser.

First JFO comes up with thi... (Below threshold)

First JFO comes up with this ridiculous statement:

"Reuters is an English company you fool."

And if he doesn't know why it's ridiculous, it's an even sadder world than I thought.

Then when Baxter gives him a long list of things the media has been:
A) reporting incorrectly
B) reporting with bias
C) remiss in reporting
D) all the above

JFO calls it a "silly laundry list" as he is unable to make a connection between a pattern of behavior and questioning the motives behind that behavior - even though someone clearly points it out.

Keep going JFO, I've got lots of popcorn.

You waste your time trying ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

You waste your time trying to reason with the likes of JFO. Isn't reuters the organization that said they will not use the word terror or GWOT? Yeah! They love the military. Yeah! ww

Actually, that is not a ret... (Below threshold)
kevin:

Actually, that is not a retraction by Reuters, but rather a claim by Reuters that the US military is denying the report. Big difference. Perhaps Reuters is not ready to fess up just yet.

WWThat was my point ... (Below threshold)

WW
That was my point last night at 9:51. JFO doesn't it, won't get it. But he will spit back and bloviate. We can count on that.

Hugh, JFO has a personal ca... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Hugh, JFO has a personal case against you and CCG. It is scary. JFO cannot be reasoned with. BDS you know. ww

Good morning Hugh:... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Good morning Hugh:

What you can count on me for is calling you out on the lies and distortions you and your soul-mate(s) regularly post here.

Waddya bet JFO doesn't know... (Below threshold)
kim:

Waddya bet JFO doesn't know what a milblog is.
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KimJFO's vacuous min... (Below threshold)

Kim
JFO's vacuous mind was on full display last night...I'm sure he's googling milblog right now.

Michael Yon's recent post would be a good start.

JFO, the main reason we kno... (Below threshold)
kim:

JFO, the main reason we know the AP and Reuters have an anti-military bias is that we are privy to unfiltered news.

I'm sorry you are so unconciously a useful idiot. You know the 'idiot' part refers to consciousness, not to intelligence.
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Hugh, JFO has a pe... (Below threshold)
Hugh, JFO has a personal case against you and CCG.
WW, would that be a case of HS&CCGDS?

Rest assured, I will keep pushing all of JFO's buttons to make him froth at the mouth. Maybe sooner or later he'll figure it out, but I bet that even with my admitting it, he won't get it.

Berger IS an underpants gno... (Below threshold)
kim:

Berger IS an underpants gnome. Let's see, I'm gonna steal these papers, and......make some money. Yeah, that's the ticket.
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