January 30, 2007

Keeping Enemies Close

When a CBS News reporter Lara Logan uses an al Qaeda propoganda film as part of her story, and refuses to identify it as such, do you begin to wonder just how credible and trustworthy of a journalist she is?

I do.

Update: Comments back open ( was under huge influx of comment spam last night, so I instituted a manual shutdown). I'd direct new visitors to read the comment policy before posting.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 30, 2007 03:13 PM

Just keeping it truthy.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 30, 2007 07:31 PM

Wrong again,

"I asked CBS News Vice President Paul Friedman about the video.

"I can assure you this was not from Al-Qaeda," said Friedman, who declined to identify the source. "Whenever we can identify the source of information or video, we want to do that," he added. "There are some rare cases when we have to protect the source. In this case, we needed to do so, because it’s literally a matter of life and death."

"The fact that same video shows up in more than one place is something that happens every day," said CBS News spokeswoman Sandra Genelius. "We occasionally use video from an Al-Qaeda Web site and we identify it. In this case, we didn't get it from Al-Qaeda, so we didn't identify it as such."

Posted by: Sonic at January 30, 2007 09:18 PM

Sonic, you just don't learn, do you?

SITE Institute, video posted on Jan. 11.

She's only a week late. You'd think that you'd have enough sense not to accept what you hear from the home of "fake, but accurate," but alas, that does not appear to be the case.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at January 30, 2007 09:36 PM

What you have there CY is a total denial that this tape was sourced by CBS from AQ.

I don't know how technical you are, but in these modern days video can be, what we scientists call, "copied"

That's right, more that one "copy" can exist. Indeed someone could be the source of the "copy" for both CBS and AQ without being AQ themselves. Which is what Mr Friedman has just told you.

I have a feeling this is going to be the shortest "blogstorm" in history

Posted by: Sonic at January 30, 2007 09:49 PM

Sonic let me type this very slowly, so that you can understand: This video footage was produced by the media arm of Al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq, called the Al-Furqan Institute for Media Productions. the name of this al Qaeda film is ‘Some of the Casualties of the Heretics in Haifa Street After Sunday’s Fighting, January 7, 2007, in Baghdad.’


Posted by: Confederate Yankee at January 30, 2007 10:05 PM

"This video footage was produced"

You have absolutely no evidence of that, not a scrap. It could have been "produced" by anyone with a mobile phone.

Even your "source" does not claim it was produced by AQ they say "first released by Al-Qaeda!" a very different thing. They got their copy out first is all that proves.

Don't give up the day job mate.

Posted by: Sonic at January 30, 2007 10:08 PM

You are quite desperate to be relevant, are you? So, in your little world, a cluster of amatuer cellphone videographers were clustered in the exact same location and then dissiminated it to difference outlets? Or perhaps the person with the videophone just happens ot have a lurative jihadi video distribution business.

Try Occam. AO released it through their media arms, because these media arms:

a): are great at charades.
b): shoot, edit, produce and distribute propoganda
c): aren't real good at shooting guns.

I have a feeling we'll have an answer here fairly soon... providing CBS learned something from their last episode faking the news.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at January 30, 2007 10:22 PM

So we have went from "I have the evidence" to Occams famous razor.

You seem not to grasp that the video could have been shot by anyone on Haifa street and then used by AQ as well as CBS.

We have the word of a respected reporter and the head of CBS news against speculation by a bunch of bloggers.

No contest I'm afraid mate, no contest at all.

Posted by: Sonic at January 30, 2007 10:35 PM
We have the word of a respected reporter and the head of CBS news against speculation by a bunch of bloggers.

Folks, remember: we're laughing with him, not at him.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at January 30, 2007 10:52 PM

There was a time not too long ago that Jayson Blair was a respected reporter, and Howell Raines was a respected editor at the NYT. There are too many people who still believe that the MSM tells the absolute fact-checked truth, with no regard for political bias...hah! Bloggers serve an essential purpose by outing falsehoods.

Posted by: Tom TB at January 31, 2007 08:45 AM