December 11, 2006

Could It Be, AP?

Michael Fumento reports from Ramadi (HT Instapundit):

….. now the WashPost has printed another article on the city, this time an upbeat one. What gives? You guessed it.The second one was reported from Ramadi. Case closed, thank you very much. Unfortunately, it’s little solace knowing how few journalists ever leave their safe little hovels in Baghdad hotels or Washington, D.C.

Kaus doesn’t think “upbeat” accurately describes the WaPo article, which is actually an AP dispatch by Will Weissert. I agree; I’d call it “even-handed.”

But there’s a larger point, which is that an actual named AP reporter has reported from something other than a “safe little hovel,” and from Ramadi no less.

Why? I have to wonder if AP is responding to the current controversy, by doing things it would probably never admit to doing, and certainly would never attribute to having been done because of outside influence. Specifically:

  • Does this recent report indicate that AP might begin putting more real named reporters onsite in response to the errors found in previous stories, and the general dubiousness of their “mystery sources”? (Yeah, it could be a temporary measure until the pesky bloggers pipe down.)
  • Is AP responding to the concerns about overwhelming negativity of reporting out of Iraq raised by the military, blogs, and others? (Or they could be making sure their tracks are covered.)
  • As to Ramadi, is AP out there with a real, named reporter because of doubts first raised prominently by Patterico about the LA Times’ “airstrike” story, the people they quoted, and the stringer involved? (AP could be using the same stringer.)

I don’t know. What do you say, Jamil?


(Graphic by Doug Ross)

Cross-posted at

UPDATE: Fauxtography alert, as an e-mailer makes a good point — “Nice find, but check out the CLEARLY staged photo of the insurgents toolin around in their cars. Yeah, right. Man, they don’t even do that in Beirut. Gimme a break. Another fine AP photo from the insurgents.

UPDATE 2: Crittenden — “So maybe, if an extended occupation helps US in Ramadi, then an extended occupation will help US in Iraq.”

UPDATE 3: Curt at Flopping Aces has a post that pegs off this one, but also has some interesting notes on how some teaching “journalists” seem to think that inventing or faking sources is okey-dokey. And I certainly don’t think AP is about to change its ways unless it becomes convinced that it must in light of constant monitoring by others. We are a long, long way from that.

UPDATE 4: Wake Up America — “So, why do these reporters not acknowledge that there is no way to get the news and know that it is accurate if they are not physically there doing the legwork?



  1. AP Promotes Jamilgate Reporters…

    CENTCOM says AP’s Iraqi police source isn’t Iraqi police — Part 14 — Continued from this post.Perception or Deception?Confederate Yankee According to AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, Iraqi Police Captain Jamil Hussein is a well-known source …

    Trackback by Bill's Bites — December 11, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

  2. It’s simple. The news from around the world, including Iraq will all of a sudden be better news because to do otherwise would hurt the pantywaist dimmi’s that are taking over congress. Watch them start claiming credit for every victory in Iraq, and there are plenty of victories in Iraq thanks to the best and brightest of America. See I didn’t study and got stuck in Iraq. Just kidding, I got stuck in Vietnam, actually I volunteered for that also.

    Comment by Scrapiron — December 12, 2006 @ 12:38 am

  3. #2, I’d concede them every ounce of credit they want if I thought they had the first interest in winning and would carry through. Maybe some do, but I’m afraid the Kos Kidz will lose their minds, and that they and the press will give Congress the LBJ treatment. I think everyone’s too invested in defeat to the see the incredible upside of what you just proferred.

    Comment by TBlumer — December 12, 2006 @ 12:56 am

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