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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Reuters promotes yet another anti-war leftist with a tale to tell

This time his name is Jeff Englehart. He has claimed on Italian State TV that US forces intentionally used "phosphorus bombs" against civilians during the Battle of Fallujah last year. Reuters has now pushed the story worldwide.

Note these two facts:
  • The US military says they were never contacted by the Italian TV producers for comment.
  • The US military says such bombs were never used in Falluja.
Any reasonable news agency intent on fair and balanced news would have delayed this item until Englehart's claims could be verified.

Even more so considering Englehart's blog is easily found using Google and contains much leftist anti-Bush trash normally restricted to the Daily Kos (in fact many of the Kos people are a lot saner than this guy). For example:
When I joined the United States Army I swore an oath to “serve and protect the Constitution of the United States”, not an ignorant greedy little fuck like George Bush or any of his court jesters in the White House.
and:
Usually being the first soldiers into a high risk combat zone is not the most comfortable feeling. As the morning is just beginning and the first haze of light is glowing through the horizons mist I am filled with despair and fear. Not because of the job at hand that will be both challenging and dangerous, but because I have learned of the results of the 2004 United States Presidential Elections.
not to mention:
Deep inside my heart I realize that Bush won by convincing America that he was a better choice than Kerry, and perhaps he is, but I seriously doubt it. I want to cry out FRAUD, and CHEATER!
Englehart has backdated his very first post to September 10, 2001. Here's some of it:
Chain yorself to the trees and they'll nuke you up too. With TV dinner convenience. Two birds, one stone. Endangered species taste so great with mustard gas clouds. The man standing on your neck says "swallow it, and pay sixty percent off through six PM friday!" And you do it. It wasn't you who blew it. Through it all you knew if you did what they asked things would go back to normal. You folded to the bully.
Hmmmm....

Sounds like just the guy you should trust as a source for an anti-war story with major ramifications for international goodwill towards the Bush Administration and the United States.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 11/09/2005 11:37:00 AM

5 Comments:

Blogger STC said...

NO. Media don't "wait until absolute verification of a story" because reporting the story sometimes brings more information to the front.

The media have a duty to avoid injecting their bias into the story, and avoiding stories that are patently false (if someone claimed that the US had nuked Baghdad during the invasion, the Media probably wouldn't air it, except to discredit the person saying it).

This works for you as well as anyone else.

I notice in this story, you do not engage at all with the substance of what he is saying except to repeat the denials of the US army. Well, this is the same US army that denied it was using Napalm, only to admit they used a weapon that is exactly like Napalm in all ways, but goes by another name. (Are they seriously saying they didn't realise it was Napalm?! Are they fit to run the military...)

Character-assisination is a serious crime against logical reasoning. By the same token as you've used against this guy, nothing you say against Helen Clark and Labour can be taken seriously, because you are right-wing.

11/09/2005 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

You are playing dumb and insulting me Cooper.

Don't compare me to some idiot who talks like this ultra-leftist moron. That was your insult.

If Reuters or any other news service published a claim of some atrocity based solely on the word of a rabid rightwinger (e.g. Hodo who used to comment on Just Left) then I would be just as disturbed. That was you playing dumb.

If you think the mutterings of this fruitloop are standard beliefs of the left, as indicated by your mirror comparison of him to the entire 'right-wing', then you are probably an ultra-leftist yourself. Dressed up in smarmy language.

11/09/2005 02:20:00 PM  
Blogger Wanderlust said...

Looks like Coop wants to have it both ways: if the reporting assassinates someone's character, it's evidently not ok, but if it assassinates the character of either the US Government, its officials, or the US Military, it's just fine...at least, for al-Reuters.

My two cents: I once had a journalism prof who related a story where someone questioned the editor of the National Enquirer (one of those US tabloids that offers weekly headlines confirming Elvis sightings, alien abuductions, and the like) regarding whether the stories his tabloid reported were true or not.

His response:

"We let the reader establish the veracity of our stories".

Funny, I thought responsible reporters were just that: responsible to establish the facts BEFORE printing a story.

Guess I was wrong. Oh by the way, I have UNDENIABLE PROOF that "steven thomas cooper" is really an undercover CIA agent working for GWB in Iraq, and that he personally tortured thousands of innocent Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison.

My proof? I said it, and since I can point to Iraq on a map, it must be true.

Go ahead, steven, prove it otherwise...dare ya.

11/09/2005 02:51:00 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

The media have a duty to avoid injecting their bias into the story, and avoiding stories that are patently false (if someone claimed that the US had nuked Baghdad during the invasion, the Media probably wouldn't air it, except to discredit the person saying it).

What planet are you from Stephen Thomas Cooper?

Korans flushed down toilets in gitmo ring a bell?

Cannabilism in New Orleans mean anything to you?

How about the forged Bush TANG documents?

I could go on but whats the point

11/09/2005 03:33:00 PM  
Blogger Cheezy said...

Not much, Andrei...

11/11/2005 05:32:00 AM  

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