History is philosophy teaching by examples

The Right can’t seem to get anything right. Jamil is alive and well and facing arrest for talking to the media and telling the truth. It s a double layered irony cake. The Right accuses the AP of being less then ethical, but the rules of the Iraqi government, that shining example of Bush’s Unsaturated Democracy Spread has rules against people telling the truth. The war on truth has been the only thing the Right and their idol in the Whitehouse have been even marginally successful at. It was a mistake for Michelle Malkin and her loyal unquestioning blog echo to put all their eggs per KaroseneGate in one basket. They made the story about K-Gate about Jamail ignoring all the other sources. Typical of the rabid Right to get so caught up on their agenda that not only did the foundation of their blanket indictment against AP fall apart, but we still have the facts of the horrendous story itself. Another horrifying testament to the Bush team’s hubris saddled with tunnel vision. If the Malkin Miscreants of the Right think that going to such shrill lengths to find some tiny pebble of redemption for their fake ranch messiah is patriotic no wonder they see Iraq as an oasis of peace and democracy, zealot vision tends to have that effect, Shocking Twist: Iraqi At Center of Dispute Over AP Source Does Exist — And Faces Arrest for Talking to Media

BAGHDAD (AP) — 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.

Khalaf offered no explanation Thursday for why the ministry had initially denied Hussein’s existence, other than to state that its first search of records failed to turn up his full name. He also declined to say how long the ministry had known of its error and why it had made no attempt in the past six weeks to correct the public record.

Tracing “Jamil Hussein’s” footsteps and ignoring anti-blog hatred, By Michelle Malkin · December 20, 2006 03:17 PM

To repeat: Both CPATT sources in the U.S. and Iraq have confirmed that Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim denies speaking to the AP.

That leaves a couple of unanswered questions:

1. Is Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim the real name of AP’s oft-cited source?

2. If not, where is “Captain Jamil Hussein” currently working?If he is a Baghdad police officer, as AP asserts, why hasn’t anyone–not CPATT, not MOI, not Marc Danzinger’s sources–been able to locate him?

I’ll be sending these questions to AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll.

She might also want to take a look at Bob Owens’ thorough post exploring the ethics of using undisclosed pseudonyms for sources. He surveyed journalists and media mavens from all parts of the ideological spectrum with these three questions:

Right-wing web site Newsbusters, Investors Business Daily Weighs in on Jamil Hussein, Posted by Tom Blumer on December 29, 2006 – 00:26.

This goes to the credibility, and ultimately the business viability, of the entire AP operation.

Intellectual consistency and honesty considered will News Busters admit that in their self appointed role as media watch dogs, an internet “no spin zone” as it were that they and Malkin have seriously compromised their credibility.They spinned the story one way, AP’s account of the kerosene incident was dubious thus all AP stories were dubious.
Conservative blogger Flopping Aces writes, Free Jamil Hussein Posted by Curt on December 5, 2006 at 2:08 PM

And as I wrote about earlier, this Jamil Hussein was mentioned as a source in 61…get that? SIXTY ONE articles by the AP. His partner in crime Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq was mentioned as a source in 23 articles until the Iraqi government issued a warrant out for his arrest for impersonating a government official.

I mean think about it. If they have used Jamil for 61 stories, how many more fraudulent sources are used every single day by our MSM?

Curt made his case without a single shred of evidence, discounting at least four other witnesses that had talked to AP. Curt’s post is an example of the, to paraphrase our right-wing bloggers at work, how many more fraudulent stories, questionable sources, and twisted statistics do conservatives and their blogs foist on the public everyday.
From Hot Air after the confirmation of JH’s existence, AP: Iraqi government confirms that Jamil Hussein exists, osted at 7:06 pm on January 4, 2007 by Allahpundit

Update (from Michelle): Just to clarify, I’m not apologizing for anything. Also, I await response/reaction from my sources and will keep you updated.

Finally Republican blogger The Jawa Report, The Moonbats (Finally) Notice Jamil Hussein, By Ragnar Danneskjold, Pawn of the Illuminati at January 4, 2007 11:04 PM |

Despite a virtual moonbat blackout of the Jamil Hussein story for most of its lofe so far, they’re all a-twitter now. Turns out the moonbat bloggers knew about the story all along–they just didn’t want to publicize it. Now that they see a chance to ding the media skeptics on our side, they’re all over the story.

Its good to know that Rag reads every single patriot blog and web site daily, how could he have missed this post by Eric Boehlert, Michelle Malkin fiddles while Baghdad burns, Mon, Dec 11, 2006 7:54pm EST. or this one For warbloggers, “The Media Are the Enemy” , Fri, Dec 22, 2006 12:26pm EST. I’m not an A-list blogger, but Ive done three or four posts. My POV hasn’t changed, that Jamil wasn’t all that relevant to the story, that there were other witnesses. Here again we have the Right trying wrangle themselves out of a rhetorical trap that they sit for themselves. One blogger is still in denial and as I checked the comments in a few blogs many of the wing-nuts are still denying it. They aren’t now and never have been interested in facts, they’re interested in propaganda. They’re interested in squelching any information that doesn’t jell with their beliefs. An adult with any kind of moral courage faces the truth head on and deals with it. Where are the adults on the Right.

Speaking of the press and fair coverage. Nancy Pelosi achieves the historic honor of becoming the first woman Speaker of the House and the media decides that every time she has a disagreement with another female its a cat fight, unbelievable. We Are Women, Hear Us … Meow?

The matter of holding the president accountable for his actions is one of the foremost – if not the foremost – issues facing the 110th Congress. To frame the Pelosi/Harman dispute as a “catfight” trivializes both the leaders involved and the underlying importance of Congress’ duty to challenge the president. See, it’s a two-fer: Belittle the players, belittle the issue.

“History is philosophy teaching by examples.” – Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War