AP Continues Using "Problematic" Iraqi Spokesmen


Curt at Flopping Aces has an amazing update on the bogus news coming from Iraq.

Stubborn Facts sends the latest article by the Associated Press using a “questionable” media source…

Buried deep in this article…
Al-Maliki to Call for Regional Meeting
By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA

We find this:

Fifteen other people were killed near a gasoline station when two car bombs exploded in the capital, police said. And at least 15 died in shootings, bombings and a mortar attack in and around Baghdad. Four bodies were pulled from the Tigris River south of the capital.

Police discovered the tortured bodies of 60 people who had been bound, blindfolded, then shot and left in Baghdad over the past 24 hours, Lt. Mohammed Khayoun said.

Lt. Mohammed Khayoun is included on the list of problematic Iraqi Police/Ministry of Interior spokesmen quoted by the AP and others that the military says it cannot verify as legitimate employees of the IP/MOI.

I’ve contacted the military and an official at MNF-Iraq wrote back and said that they sent in Lt. Mohammed Khayoun’s name for verification last week and have not heard back yet.

I also asked about Lt. Mohammed Khayoun from the “suspect list”.

Reader TechTweaker noticed that he reported that 91 Iraqis had died in bomb blasts last weekend when the other news services put the number closer to 50. It was dubious source “Lt. Ali Muhsin” and unnamed “hospital officials” who reported the 91 bombing victims in the earlier story.

I’ll update when I hear anything more.

And… Stubborn Facts observed that the AP used three of the Centcom “questionable” sources in one article… today!

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