Hey, remember Jamil Hussein? You know, the Iraqi police officer who told the Associated Press about Sunnis being burned to death by Shiites in Iraq? The one whom the wingnutosphere insisted again and again and again and again and again didn’t exist and was just part of an elaborate web of MSM lies to make the situation in Iraq look worse than it was (and really, it wasn’t even bad at all anyway)?
The Interior Ministry acknowledged Thursday that an Iraqi police officer whose existence had been denied by the Iraqis and the U.S. military is in fact an active member of the force, and said he now faces arrest for speaking to the media.
Ministry spokesman Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, who had previously denied there was any such police employee as Capt. Jamil Hussein, said in an interview that Hussein is an officer assigned to the Khadra police station, as had been reported by The Associated Press.
The captain, whose full name is Jamil Gholaiem Hussein, was one of the sources for an AP story in late November about the burning and shooting of six people during a sectarian attack at a Sunni mosque.
The U.S. military and the Iraqi Interior Ministry raised the doubts about Hussein in questioning the veracity of the AP’s initial reporting on the incident, and the Iraqi ministry suggested that many news organization were giving a distorted, exaggerated picture of the conflict in Iraq. Some Internet bloggers spread and amplified these doubts, accusing the AP of having made up Hussein’s identity in order to disseminate false news about the war.
Neat. Of course, if you expected the wingnutosphere to be conciliatory about being completely wrong and full of shit about everything, you’d be sadly mistaken. Here’s Dan Riehl:
Fascinating. But let me be the first to say to the Left, before they lose themselves in glee, I don’t see that bloggers have anything to apologize for, nor do I see this story being at an end. The ultimate question is what happened in Hurriya the day six Sunnis were claimed to have been burned alive?
Did it happen? Is Shi’ite domination of one or more ministries trying to cover up violence by Shi’ite factions? Or is Hussein unreliable as a source?
If the story ends up being an expose’ on a troubling Shi’ite dominated Iraqi regime, as opposed to the AP being light on sourcing, so be it. Like most bloggers following this story, all I have ever wanted is the truth.
Oh. My. God. Just. Shut. Up.
You guys are wrong about everything all the time and you show no shame about it. Doesn’t that bother you at all? Consider that normal people- people with actual souls- would have quietly slid away from the public spotlight after being exposed as complete frauds. But y’all cuckoos in the wingnutosphere? Pffffft! Once this fake MSM conspiracy theory has been debunked, y’all’ll just start combing through Reuters photos to see if there’s any added smoke. Losers.
UPDATE: I’m a big Greg Sargent fan, but he’s way off base here:
The Associated Press has just struck back very hard against the wingnuts who have been sliming the news org over the case of missing police captain Jamil Hussein — and it looks as if there may soon be lots of crow-eating going on in right blogistan.
Nope, sorry Greg. The wingnutosphere never eats crow. First they’ll acknowledge that Hussein does exist, but then add that there are still a lot of questions to be answered about the AP’s report. The next thing that happens is they never answer those questions and move on. Lastly, they start leafing through every goddamn wire photo on the Internet to search for evidence of photoshopping or tampering of any kind. When they finally find something (or hell, even if don’t) they’ll start braying and shrieking about how the Iraq war is going just fine, and that journalists only report bad news because they hate the troops. This is how they play the game. They will never change because they have no souls.
UPDATE II: Damn you, TBogg. Damn you to hell. There’s only so much Riehl-riehlated idiocy I can stand for one day.