The Corner

Re: Loose Lips

Michael Schrage offers his two cents about what I’m missing:

Subject: You are, indeed, missing something –

I wrote this piece for the washington post a year ago. It speaks for itself…but the jamail hussein saga is a classic example of unprofessional, plame-like hypocrisy by the AP…

They named their source – many, many times – and it was challenged…there

was a myriad of ways they could have handled the query: they could have

called in a favor and gotten one of the AP-member newspapers in iraq to

’interview’ the guy to vouch; they could have done a podcast with the guy;

if the bloggers still insisted the guy was a fraud, then AP itself would be

literally accused of not just perpetrating a hoax but perpetuating one…

…the bottom line here is a vile hypocrisy: the msm will protect their own

people – jill carroll, for example – but they will freely publish the names

of vulnerable iraqis who are (were) sympathetic to the US…

…the principle here has nothing to do with truth, accuracy or public

safety – it has to do with partisanship…

to make a comparison from nro itself: it’s nice that the new york times

has finally published a correction for its flawed Sunday magazine story

about abortion – isn’t it a pity it wouldn’t have done so without a column

from its ombudsman…likewise, it’s wonderful that AP finally vouches for

their source – isn’t it a pity that it does so in a manner that increases

the man’s vulnerability…?

…partisan – and unprofessional…

Michael schrage

(ex-washington post)

UPDATE: Link Fixed. Sorry. 

Jonah Goldberg, a senior editor of National Review and the author of Suicide of the West, holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute.

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