Who Is the Source of the Jessica Lynch Hero Story?

Ray Robison at The American Thinker takes a look at the original Washington Post story on Jessica Lynch’s heroic feats in Iraq and notices something no one else seems to have noticed. The story was based on an unidentified source and Army officials warned them that the information might not be reliable before they ran it. The Pentagon referred to the story as a “rumor.”

So let’s get this straight, The Washington Post single-sourced this story from one official that they couldn’t even identify. Ask yourself why they couldn’t identify a military official praising a soldier. Is that really a secret? This isn’t a whistle blower or Bush Administration insider. It would more than likely be an officer or NCO at the tactical operations center if this person existed.

So why couldn’t The Washington Post name the source? The answer is obvious; because the reporters don’t even know who it was, or if the incident even occurred. It sounds very much like one person’s ruminations in passing, chatting about rumors from unofficial sources. Then The Washington Post ran with the information despite army officials warning them about the veracity of such rumors. And this is the military’s fault? Are you kidding me?

Isn’t the media supposed to be superior to citizen journalists because of all the editorial safeguards and fact checking? But yet in this reporting, one unidentified source who may indeed be a fiction – a literary device to whom to attribute overheard conversation – trumped the military spokesperson. I challenge The Washington Post to identify this source so that this person can be questioned in the current proceedings.Read Robison’s entire piece to see the relevant quotes from the Washington Post story. (Hat tip Bruce Kesler)

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