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They Like Me, They Really Like Me!

Hey, just weeks after receiving my first threat, I've been singled out by Media Matters for extra special attention!

The subject is AP photographer Bilal Hussein, and his recent release from being held by Iraqi authorities.

Media Matters is typically sneering as they discuss how he was freed, and how us "warbloggers" were so utterly and completely wrong in all our discussion of him.

What their slamming is short on is facts. But that's OK. Facts aren't their main focus, it's discrediting "conservative" voices. Facts would often get in the way.

The FACTS behind Mr. Hussein's detention, as originally reported and never contradicted (to the best of my knowledge), were this:

  • He was arrested in his own home after coalition forces discovered bomb-making materials there, and bomb residue on his person.
  • He was arrested in the company of a known Al Qaeda leader.
  • He was held for some time, unidentified, until one of his guards recognized him from a picture posted on The Jawa Report.
  • At no point did he identify himself as an award-winning AP photographer, choosing instead to remain an "unidentified suspected insurgent."
  • He was released under an amnesty law that granted absolution to people who had taken part or supported the insurgency, but had not directly been involved in killings.

But all that is irrelevant to Media Matters. They have his complete and utter innocence on an absolute and unquestionable authority -- his lawyer.

I once went to one of Media Matters' offices in DC. It was very nice. They got some serious green behind them, for the kind of digs they have and operation they run. Too bad they can't spend any of that money on actual facts every now and then, but as I said, that would interfere with their mission statement -- discrediting conservative voices.

Michelle Malkin, the primary target of their spittle-flecked scorn, hasn't deigned to respond to them. Considering that the article was all style and no substance, I don't blamehttp://michellemalkin.com/ her; she has more important fish to fry. Charles Johnson, however, gave them the kind of dismissive mockery that they so richly deserve.


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Comments (34)

Disgusting. They like to ma... (Below threshold)

Disgusting. They like to make lots of personal attacks, such as

For instance, the site Flopping Aces excitedly covered the public charges leveled against the "scumbag" Hussein last November. But then, in the 48 hours surrounding Hussein's release, Flopping Aces forgot to update readers about the photographer's freedom. How queer.

Do they mean queer as in strange, or as in gay? If a conservative had written that, the left would implode at level 10 moonbattery.

And they do not even have the cajones to link to any of the blogs mentioned directly. They are using redirects instead. In some cases, nothing, such as with the paragraph

The same was true with right-wing hotbeds such as Riehl World View, Hot Air, Stop the ACLU, Sister Toldjah, and Jules Crittenden's Forward Movement.

How queer.

"Michelle Malkin, the prima... (Below threshold)
Cain:

"Michelle Malkin, the primary target of their spittle-flecked scorn, hasn't deigned to respond to them. Considering that the article was all style and no substance, I don't blame her."

Or to put it another way, considering it points out there was no amnesty release and the case was thrown out on the basis of the evidence submitted not supporting the charge, you can't blame her for not being able to think up a new excuse for how she has been anything but completely misleading. Again.

If you are going to claim there was no substance to the article and ignore what FACTS it does relate, why bother acknowledging it exists in the first place? Go all in son.

FACTS: "He was arrested in ... (Below threshold)
Cain:

FACTS: "He was arrested in the company of a known Al Qaeda leader."

Known by whom? I can't any reference to this man in any context unconnected to this arrest with Bilal, let alone his being a "known al Qaeda leader". Can you?

Michelle Malkin is Barney F... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

Michelle Malkin is Barney Fife without a conscience.

"And they do not even have ... (Below threshold)
Cain:

"And they do not even have the cajones to link to any of the blogs mentioned directly. They are using redirects instead."

This makes very little sense on its own. What added bravery is evident with a direct link ?
However it makes less sense when referring to an article linking to LGF who routinely blocks direct links from critical articles.

Bomb making equipment, resi... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Bomb making equipment, residue on his clothing, in bad company, does not tell anyone he is a reporter, and the left, who continually dispises the military and our country rise up in indiganation because our troops are taking precautions so they and innocent civilians do not get blown up. The left are reprobates. ww

I believe Michelle, in a de... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I believe Michelle, in a debate situation, would make mincemeat of Adrian. PeeWee Herman can. Go away little boy, you bother me. ww

Journalists - the new saint... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Journalists - the new saints. They can do no wrong, and are not to be questioned.

And yet still no answer as ... (Below threshold)

And yet still no answer as to the fact that Hussin was released based on lack of evidence that he did anything wrong, rather than some amnasty program.

Cain, those little redirect... (Below threshold)

Cain, those little redirect games are pretty much considered, well, I write wimpy in place of the kitty cat word I would like to use, in the blogosphere.

It is also a way to hide where the links are actually come from. Doesn't work all that well, but, that is sometimes the intent.

Media Matters, Democrats, C... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Media Matters, Democrats, Clintons; and anyone expects the American truth from them. Until Hussein O came along I never expected anyone to equal, much less outdo them as liars with an anti-american agenda. I just heard a report on hundreds of Chinese spies stealing/buying American national security secrets. As long as there is a democrat with access, national security informations will sell cheap, just ask Slick and Algorabge.

sorry to go ot, but has any... (Below threshold)
rain of lead:

sorry to go ot, but has anyone had trouble getting on LGF?

To be clear, all you saw at... (Below threshold)

To be clear, all you saw at Media Matters was the reception area. You certainly didn't see the room where we keep all the Nazi goldi.

Eric Boehlert's name has be... (Below threshold)
GarandFan Author Profile Page:

Eric Boehlert's name has become synonymous with "full of bull shit". Example: 'He Boehlerted the situation'.

Maybe the paragon of photog... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Maybe the paragon of photographic virtue could move in next to Adrian and Cain.

And yet still no a... (Below threshold)
Eric:
And yet still no answer as to the fact that Hussin was released based on lack of evidence that he did anything wrong, rather than some amnasty program.

Well the Associated Press seems to have a very different opinion. They say Bilal Hussein WAS released because of the Amnesty Program. Considering the fact that he was their employee, they have a significant interest in the story.

April 13
"The committee of three judges and a prosecutor of the Federal Appeals Court granted amnesty to Hussein, 36, saying there should be no further action on allegations that he may have had improper contacts with insurgents who had killed an Italian citizen, Salvatore Santoro."

April 14
"A statement by Multinational Forces-Iraq said Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, commander of coalition detention facilities in Iraq, signed the release order after confirming the Iraqi committee's decision to grant Hussein amnesty -- a ruling that drops legal proceedings but does not assume or determine guilt or innocence."

April 16
"Two judicial amnesty committees had ruled in recent days that there would be no trial on any of the accusations raised again Hussein. After confirming those decisions, the U.S. military's detention command said Monday it no longer deemed Hussein a security threat and he would be freed."

Attention, MMbats: There d... (Below threshold)
epador:

Attention, MMbats: There doesn't appear to be much evidence to support or disprove the assertion that he was released on lack of evidence. Do you have a link besides his lawyer's statement?

I don't blame [Malkin] her;... (Below threshold)
I'm An Asshat:

I don't blame [Malkin] her; she has more important fish to fry.

Indeed.

"The FACTS behind Mr. Husse... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"The FACTS behind Mr. Hussein's detention, as originally reported and never contradicted (to the best of my knowledge)"

Isn't this statement a complete farce? The "FACTS" "to the best of my knowledge...."

lol

It's crack reporting like this from Malkinite JT that so richly deserves mockery and dismissal from an actual good writer/reporter. This story had about the same amount of decency as her Jamil Hussein piece. (Which was also, not surprisingly, 100% wrong - he existed!)

Also, JT, doesn't "singled out" mean they actually mention your name? I know you like attention, but this smells of desperation.

This was a great call out.

jp2, you are making up stuf... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

jp2, you are making up stuff again. Malkin's pieces on Jamil Hussein were not "100%" wrong. It turned out that "Jamil Hussein" was a pseudonym which AP had obscured. When the whole story finally settled out, it turned out that many of the stories sourced to "Jamil Hussein" were false or exaggerated from the reality - confirming much of Michelle Malkin's writing on the topic.

But you dishonestly omit that ... or more likely just never actually paid any attention to the facts.

I'll plaguerize SPQR becaus... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

I'll plaguerize SPQR because its worth it to pile on jp2.

Whether Jamil existed or not was never the point of Malkins or the top blogs complaint. It was basing stories solely on nothing more than the remarks of an anonymous stringer which later turned out to be false and/or exaggerated.

Questioning his existance was something pondered by some commenters, but few bloggers took that position.

But like was said before, you know better but feign otherwise.

Defend away!<a hre... (Below threshold)
jp2:
Pretty lame attempt to chan... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Pretty lame attempt to change the subject, jp2. Typical troll.

I've been singled out by... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I've been singled out by Media Matters for extra special attention!

Yeah, Jay. You've been "singled" out. Along with Malkin, Jawa Report, Media Myth Busters, Infidels are Cool, Federal Way Conservative, Flopping Aces, Riehl World View, Hot Air, Stop the ACLU, Sister Toldjah, Jules Crittenden's Forward Movement, LGF, Captain's Quarters, ... enjoy your "singular" status.

What their slamming is short on is facts. But that's OK. Facts aren't their main focus.... He was released under an amnesty law that granted absolution to people

Uh, Jay, their "slam" was that bloggers who reported on the alleged amnesty release offered no facts to support that conclusion. And you rebut that charge by repeating the fact-less conclusion itself? If you claim that a charge of not having facts is non-factual, then the way to rebut it is to provide facts, not to whine about being called on it.

So you can't read either, e... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

So you can't read either, eh Brian?

Brian-less has been know fo... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Brian-less has been know for that.

Oh, the irony. Providing a ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Oh, the irony. Providing a fact-less critique about being called out for a fact-less rebuttal of accusations of fact-less reporting. Delicious.

And apparently I read better than the two of you. Combined, most likely.

Okay, so let me get this st... (Below threshold)

Okay, so let me get this straight:

One has to completely ignore all the circumstances surrounding Bilal Hussein. He regularly spent time with people who were plotting to kill other people, took glamour shots of them so they could look all bad-ass with their rocket launchers and never once thought anyone would question his daily close proximity to thugs and murderers? That so much of what he photographed was obviously staged and orchestrated in the same fashion that Green Helmet Guy did?

But now that a lawyer who has worked with the AP writes - in a blog no less - that Hussein was "exonerated" - as in "not guilty" - we're "strangely motivated American wingnut bloggers"? I guess that's his way of saying he's an "unbiased blogger with no agenda"? Who knows?

It seems amnesty does not mean something different in Iraq according to the AP on at least three occasions per Eric's post above. (I had originally quoted those here, but then saw Eric had beat me to it)

And Eric Boelert's contention that Scott Horton was Hussein's lawyer? Apparently Horton worked with the AP on the case, from New York. To what extent I don't know, but to say he was Hussein's lawyer is a bit misleading, I would say. I guess it sounds good though when you're trying to discredit everyone who doesn't agree with you.

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"Also, JT, doesn't "singled out" mean they actually mention your name? I know you like attention, but this smells of desperation."

No, jp2, you're continued presence here smacks of desperation and a cry for attention.

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And no, Brian, you can't read for diddly. The AP reported on this as events transpired - read it again.

Brian,I think SPQR... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Brian,

I think SPQR and jhow66 are wondering if you saw Eric's post. Lots of facts from a source you likely trust.

Poor guy was detained for t... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Poor guy was detained for two years -- TWO [EXPLETIVE-DELETED] YEARS -- by the Busheviks without there ever being any trial. Do you conservatives believe that Americans have a right to a speedy trial but that others don't??? Damn!!!

Last time I checked, Herman... (Below threshold)

Last time I checked, Herman, Hussein was an Iraqi citizen, not American.

That would be the point of ... (Below threshold)
Cain:

That would be the point of the word "others", William.

"Attention, MMbats: There d... (Below threshold)
Cain:

"Attention, MMbats: There doesn't appear to be much evidence to support or disprove the assertion that he was released on lack of evidence. Do you have a link besides his lawyer's statement?"
Posted by epador | April 24, 2008 12:50 PM

As previously mentioned, there is an equally distinct lack of anything to suggest there was any evidence to start with, if statements from his lawyer and the military are both to be dismissed as impartial and untrustworthy.

Try searching for what I said I did. There is nothing to be found but 1 quote from the military repeated endlessly, with no other substantiation forthcoming.

Either corroboration is an issue for you or it isn't.

BTW, I assume the "MMbats" you've addressed this question to is Michelle Malkin rather than Media Matters. Only one of these two has claimed to have sources who could corroborate this information with US military prosecutors.

Surely this is neither sensitive information nor hard to corroborate, so your could simply email her if you have a genuine interest in this. Or not if you don't.

Twisting in the wind, Cain,... (Below threshold)
epador:

Twisting in the wind, Cain, you're twisting in the wind. Who gave you all that rope, anyways?




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