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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

How is this a scoop for CNN? (Updated)

Okay then, I’ll say it one more time: I have a serious problem with Michael Ware’s style of reporting; I think it's deceitful and hyperbolic.

CNN's Mr. Ware sent in a report about an Iraqi lawmaker who is alleged to have taken part in the bombing of the American and French embassies in Kuwait in the early 1980s. Ware presents this story as a major scoop.

Yet he doesn’t source this scoop to the Kuwaiti press at all, which first broke this story two and a half months ago! That makes Mr. Ware a fraud, in my book.

And I wrote about it on Talisman Gate at the time (November 26, 2006), see ‘Top Maliki Advisor May Be Wanted Terrorist.’

UPDATE, Wednesday, February 7, 2007:

This is how the New York Times (James Glanz and Marc Santora, 'Iraqi Lawmaker Was Convicted in 1983 Bombings in Kuwait That Killed 5 Americans,' February 7, 2007) covered it:

Mr. Jamal, who also goes by the name Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, meaning the engineer, was first identified as a wanted terrorist a month ago by Strategic Policy Consulting, an Iranian dissident group in Washington that gets much of its information from the People’s Mujahedeen, the largest and most militant group opposed to Tehran.

However, it was only on Tuesday, when CNN confirmed the group’s assertion, that American officials acknowledged they were investigating the case. But several Iraqi officials who know Mr. Jamal said there was little doubt that he was involved in the bombing in Kuwait.
No, no, no: This story was first reported by the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Ra'i al-'Aam TWO AND HALF MONTHS AGO! I've also had a bone to pick with Glanz's reporting in the past. Remember the Samarrae story?


Anonymous suzanne said...

I'm not sure about your assertion that someother news agency broke this story but there is NO WAY on earth that Michael Ware is a decitful journalist. Not even close. What you see is what you get. Lazy journalism is not his style. Ensure you check your facts before you make absurd claims such as that.

3:50 AM, March 24, 2007

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