Flopping Aces has an investigative piece that is pretty amazing -- not just because of the content, but how comprehensive it is. Curt at Flopping Aces has done an incredible job uncovering something the mainstream media should have caught. Read the entire, exhaustive report, but here is the overview. The story reported breathlessly by all major media outlets about multiple mosques being burned in Iraq, and several people being burned alive not only cannot be confirmed by U.S. officials, but the sole cited source of the information, Capt. Jamil Hussein, has a long history of being the sole source of information about atrocities being reported in Iraq. Read all of Curt's excellent report, including extensive updates, as well as See Dubya's analysis at JunkYardBlog.
Update: Just a few thoughts on this story...anytime I see a story like this, as with the Dan Rather "fake, but accurate" story, I wonder how many more stories out there that have been widely reported and swallowed without question, are suspect as well. Since the "fauxtography" stories broke earlier this year, you would think that the media would go the extra mile to get multiple sources and extensive confirmation for stories like this.
The thing that really has me perplexed is why so many of the stories, as with the instances of "fauxtography," would be faked, or exaggerated, when there is so much bad news coming out of Iraq right now. Isn't the real news bad enough? Is now the time the opponents of the US mission in Iraq need to be exaggerating or manufacturing bad news? Maybe these propagandists could take a lesson from Dan Rather. Prior to the Rathergate story, many people already believed it likely that George Bush had pulled some strings to stay out of Vietnam. Mapes' and Rather's use of obviously fake documents was not only unethical and unprofessional, but it was also unnecessary. That is how stuff like this strikes me -- absolutely unnecessary. The situation in Iraq is violent. People get that. If the MSM keep running stories like this one without doing a bit more homework, their credibility will suffer as Rather's did. To a great extent it already has.
Crossposted at Wizbang.