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November 07, 2005

Besmirching heroes for fun and profit

From St. Louis Today...

For more than a year, former Marine Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey has been telling anybody who will listen about the atrocities that he and other Marines committed in Iraq.

In scores of newspaper, magazine and broadcast stories, at a Canadian immigration hearing and in numerous speeches across the country, Massey has told how he and other Marines recklessly, sometimes intentionally, killed dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians.

Among his claims:

Marines fired on and killed peaceful Iraqi protesters.

Americans shot a 4-year-old Iraqi girl in the head.

A tractor-trailer was filled with the bodies of civilian men, women and children killed by American artillery.

But now after all this time with his allegations being reported in nationwide publications such as Vanity Fair and USA Today, as well as numerous broadcast reports, after joining the anti-war bus tour of Cindy Sheehan, and speaking at Cornell and Syracuse universities, among others, after news organizations worldwide publishing or broadcasting Massey's claims without any corroboration and in most cases without investigation, someone finally ha bothered to wonder if he can back any of it up. All that time, outside of the Marines, almost no one has seriously questioned whether Massey, a 12-year veteran who was honorably discharged, was telling the truth. Turns out he wasn't. Big surprise, huh. Well, not when you consider it took almost 40 years for the press to question John Kerry's lies about Vietnam.

Personally, I'm surprised they caught on this quickly. As St. Louis Today reports in an accompanying story...

For instance, no one ever called any of the five journalists who were embedded with Massey's battalion to ask him or her about his claims.

The Associated Press, which serves more than 8,500 newspaper, radio and television stations worldwide, wrote three stories about Massey, including an interview with him in October about his new book.

But none of the AP reporters ever called Ravi Nessman, an Associated Press reporter who was embedded with Massey's unit. Nessman wrote more than 30 stories about the unit from the beginning of the war until April 15, after Baghdad had fallen.

Jack Stokes, a spokesman for the AP, said he didn't know why the reporters didn't talk to Nessman, nor could he explain why the AP ran stories without seeking a response from the Marine Corps. The organization also refused to allow Nessman to be interviewed for this story.

Could it be that the Ass. Press, like so many others in the media, harbor such hatred for America that they secretly hoped everything he said was true? It doesn't take much looking through the headlines of various news outlets to see how vividly that is displayed.

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 7, 2005 06:30 AM

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