Via TBogg, we have Editor & Publisher possibly puncturing another neo-con balloon of screeching outrage:
NEW YORK Has the mysterious and much-disputed Associated Press source in Iraq, a police captain named Jamil Hussein -- finally been found? His existence has been challenged in the past three weeks from the U.S. military, some Iraqi officials and conservative bloggers in the U.S.
A blogger named Marc Danziger who has followed the debate claimed late Saturday that he believes he has positively identified the captain at the Yarmouk police station, just as the AP had claimed, ...
Well, golly gee, the AP might have been right after all. So why was this so difficult? Ah, here we go:
... although (if this checks out) his first name may be spelled Jamail, not Jamil.
One can almost imagine the entire wankersphere in full howl on the hunt for the elusive Capt. Hussein, screaming, "No, it's 'Jamil,' not 'Jamail,' and I don't care if you have a Captain 'Jamail' Hussein, that can't be the same guy although, Jesus Christ, they all do look alike, don't they?"
Should I hold my breath waiting for a retraction over here?
AFTERSNARK: Given that Kate got such mileage out of the "Jamil Hussein" story here and here and here and here and here, one might think she owes her readers at least a smidgen of balanced reporting at this point.
When pigs fly. Yeah, that's about right.