So let's recap, shall we, where, back here, we ran hacktacular war-blogger Michael Yon's credibility through a woodchipper regarding the utterly unsubstantiated story of al Qaeda operatives baking children and feeding them to their families. What's that, you ask? How exactly did we annihilate Yon's journalistic credibility? I'm so glad you asked.
Understand something -- it doesn't matter whether that story eventually pans out, or whether it's proven false. All that matters is that Yon reported that claim totally uncritically, without a shred of confirmation or corroboration, and he openly admitted that:
As I write these words just a few miles from the graves I saw, the resulting controversy about whether what the man said was true, or whether his words should have been written if the writer couldn’t verify them, seems precious. There is no imaginary line of credulity that al Qaeda might cross should it go from beheading children to baking them.
In short, Yon has no idea if the story is true, but he doesn't seem particularly interested in proof because it just happens to jibe with his worldview and, by gosh, that's good enough for him.
So are we good here? Do we all understand how wretchedly worthless and irresponsible a journalist is Michael Yon? Because if you don't, you're way too stupid to be reading this blog and you should go hang out at the Blogging Tories 'cuz you're just going to get confused here. Seriously. If you can't understand the point I just made, go away. You're just going to embarrass yourself. But here's the best part.
Given how the Canadian wingnut-o-sphere is constantly yammering on about "liberal media bias" and irresponsible, left-wing journalism and bullshit like that, one can fairly ask, how many of them are unabashed readers and groupies of the now-discredited Michael Yon? Tell me you're not surprised:
Michael Yon, Oct. 24
Simply put, he's doing the best reporting to come out of Iraq...
Read it all here Posted by Kate at October 24, 2005 2:02 PM
Yes, that would be Canadian screech harpy and right-wing Lowest Common Denominatrix Kate McMillan, who has a real lovefest going on with Yon, doesn't she? Which is fascinating since this would be the same Kate McMillan who, while prostrating herself at the shrine of the worthless and hacktacular Michael Yon, was going absolutely batshit fucking crazy with rage over photoshopped pics of Beirut in flames and immediately condemned the entire Reuters new agency because of it, but clearly has no problem with people like Michael Yon publishing total swill as news. Because, quite simply, that's just the kind of hypocritical hack Kate is.
Yes, it's all a delightful double standard, isn't it? Are we done here? Yeah, I think we're done here.