Posted by Curt on 11 December, 2006 at 10:51 am. 7 comments already!


An hour ago I posted about the AP running with a story that was slightly positive in tone about Iraq and this was due to the writer actually being in the town he was reporting on.  But now Confederate Yankee has discovered that two of the writers who have used Jamil Hussein as a source for reports have now been promoted within the AP:

In just eight months, Iraqi Police Captain Jamil Hussein was cited as a source in stories by 17 named AP reporters, and also appeared in several stories where no byline was given. To the best we can determine, he has never been cited by another news organization, at any time.

Since his authenticity was thrown in doubt, the fabled Iraqi Police Captain has completely disappeared from AP reporting, except for the AP’s denials that he is the fraud that the Iraqi interior ministry says he is. The captain, if he is real, would have likely come forward by now to clear his name. He has not.

At the current level of controversy, it might be prudent for these 17 Associated Press reporters, AP international editor John Daniszewski, and AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll to each go on the record and establish the details, dates and locations of their relationship with alleged Iraqi Police Captain Jamil Hussein that they have so vigorously defended.

Daniszewski and Carroll should also explain why, when there is so much suspicion that the Associated Press has been duped by a series of false witnesses tied to a flawed string-based news gathering methodology, that the AP promoted two of the reporters involved in this controversy.

Kim Gamel, who issued stories using Hussein as a source on June 1, June 5 and twice on June 6, has now been promoted to the newly-created position of Baghdad News Editor.

Patrick Quinn, who wrote a story using Hussein as a source on May 30, has been promoted to the newly-created position of Assistant Chief of Middle East News.

In most any line of work, discovering that two actors were promoted after it was revealed they were in some way involved in a scandal, many people might assume that their superiors might be trying to buy their silence. That suspicion would only grow if those people were promoted to positions that didn’t previously exist.

Isn’t that special.  One of those guilty of using a fraud as a source has now been promoted to editor in Iraq.

Think the MSM is changing?

Don’t bet on it.  We have all noticed how, after Jamilgate, these reports from Iraq are now mostly attributed to "sources who wish to remain anonymous".  They haven’t changed their stripes, they just changed their methods, and now it just became a bit easier for AP reporters to push these questionable stories through.

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