December 22, 2006

Another Straw

Another Straw

In the detailed follow-up account to the initial "burning six" story AP insisted:

Two workers at Kazamiyah Hospital also confirmed that bodies from the clashes and immolation had been taken to the morgue at their facility.

They refused to be identified by name, saying they feared retribution.

This is a damn fine trick. According to Iraqi Brigadier General Abdul-Kareem, (via an email exchange with MNC-I PAO) their is no morgue at Kazamiyah Hospital. Any dead at Kazamiyah Hospital are transported by the police to the Medical Jurisprudence Center at Bab Almadham.

To sum up the "Burning Six" story so far:


  • The primary source for the story doesn't apparently exist.
  • The secondary source retracted his claim
  • The tertiary source (Assn of Muslim Scholars) is suspected of being in league with the insurgency
  • All other sources are anonymous, and in at least this instance, cite a factual impossibility.

  • 6 men were pulled out of a rocketed mosque, doused in kerosene, and burned alive. No bodies have been recovered, and the mosque has curiously never been named.
  • Those killed were seen by workers of Kazamiyah Hospital in the morgue. Kazamiyah Hospital does not have a morgue.
  • 18 people were burned to death in an inferno at the al-Muhaimin mosque. Not a single casualty of any type has been found, and their is no evidence tha the mosque was set on fire.
  • A total of four mosques-Ahbab al-Mustafa, Nidaa Allah, al-Muhaimin and al-Qaqaqa were attacked "with rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns and automatic rifles," before being burned. There is zero evidence that any of the mosques were assaulted in such a manner, and only the Nidaa Allah suffered minor fire damage from a molotov cocktail. The fire was put out by local firefighters.

In short, four weeks after breaking this story, the Associated Press has no credible witnesses, nor any physical or photographic evidence, of a series of four terrorist attacks that they claimed killed as many as 24 people, six of them burned alive. To date, they refuse to issue a retraction.

Faith-based reporting is apparently the new Associated Press standard.

12/26 Update: I was offline over the past few days and so didn't check my email, but Michelle Malkin lets me know via email that according to her sources, Kazamiyah Hospital does not have a morgue, but it does have a large freezer that can be used to store bodies.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 22, 2006 03:50 PM | TrackBack

Excerpted and linked at We'll live in shame or go down in flames...

The Phantom Press Corps Song

Off we go, into the wild blue yonder,
Climbing high, into the sun,
Down we dive, spouting our lies from under
At 'em boys, give 'er the gun,
We'll live in shame, or go down in flames,
Hey! Nothing can stop the phan-tom press corps. ...

Sorry. Fuzzy flashback.

Posted by: Bill Fait at December 22, 2006 07:01 PM

Good one. And it made me think of something else I'll post later.

Posted by: See-Dubya at December 22, 2006 07:03 PM

"Faith-based reporting"

That pretty good.

Posted by: Dusty at December 23, 2006 12:29 AM

Strange, isn't it how the MSM seems to be completely ignoring this embarrassment?

Maybe it's one of those, if you live in a glass house, don't throw stones.

There's also the Sandy Berger guilty plea. Another non-story.

I'm also still waiting for Big Media to report on Clinton's last day in the WH pardons. Been waiting for six years.

No, no bias here.

Posted by: kjo at December 25, 2006 01:04 PM

Kazamiyah Hospital does not have a morgue? All hospitals of any size have a morgue, usually in the basement. They don't leave dead people lying around long near living ones. The Kazamiyah hospital probably doesn't do autopsies or post-mortem prep, but any holding room is a morgue.

Posted by: Ed at December 26, 2006 09:07 PM

I think the next step is to start inquiring about the other 61 stories where AP cited Capt. Hussein as a source. It seems to be conclusive that the Burning Six story was fabricated. I'm sure AP and their allies are using their faith based reporting skills to HOPE that the rest of the stories are true and that this one story was an anomoly. It should be the job of the blogosphere to go out and PROVE those stories are either true or false.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at December 27, 2006 10:28 AM