If there is no Quagmire, it is necessary to invent one

You may recall, during the deadliest months of the Iraq War, how major media defended their incessantly negative coverage. It was, as one CNN big-wig put it, their “obligation to report the news, good or bad.” Naturally, once the news ceased to be overwhelmingly bad, they simply forgot their “obligation” to report the “good” news. In fact, they have gone out of their way to find and report more bad news, even if it isn’t true.

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit details no less than SEVEN false stories about mass killings, bombings, and other atrocities reported in major media within the last seven weeks:

Previous Bogus Reports the Past 7 Weeks:

The media’s bogus report on 20 headless bodies in Diyala Province Nov. 1, 2007
The media’s bogus report on journalist Dia al-Kawwaz slaughtered family members (with photo!) Nov. 29, 2007
The media’s bogus Afghanistan “construction worker” bombing. Dec. 2, 2007
The bogus Dwelah Massacre -December 2, 2007
The bogus refinery rocket attack -December 10, 2007
The bogus 12 mutilated bodies in Muqdadiya story -December 13, 2007
The bogus Diyala village reports -December 16, 2007

Read it all at the link above, including details, links to original stories, and even a video of the members of a supposedly “massacred” family smiling and waving to the camera.

I doubt any of these phony stories were the result of intentional reporting of fake incidents. Rather, the media has become so desperate for bad news to interrupt the steady reports of progress and success in Iraq that they eagerly accept any hint of mass violence, and rush to publish it.

Say, what was the big advantage the “professional journalists” have over mere bloggers, again? Oh, yeah – it’s their “rigorous fact-checking.”

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