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Looking for Jamil Hussein: Accepting Eason Jordan’s invitation

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By Michelle Malkin  •  December 14, 2006 07:01 AM

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My new travel partner?

Eason Jordan reports on his new website, Iraqslogger, that his team is in Baghdad looking for Jamil Hussein. They have not found him yet–which is newsworthy in itself–and get this: He has offered to pay for me to join the search in Iraq and accompany me:

Who is Jamil Hussein? Michelle Malkin is leading the charge for an answer, and she put that question to me in her blog. The AP is in the midst of a public firestorm regarding whether supposed Iraqi police captain Jamil Hussein actually exists and, if so, whether he was a legitimate news source for a disputed November 24 AP-reported story saying Shia thugs in Baghdad “grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive near Iraqi soldiers who did not intervene.” The U.S. military, the Iraqi government, and many others insisted the AP story was false and that Jamil Hussein either was fictitious or was not an Iraqi police officer, as asserted in the AP’s report. The AP has issued two strong statements defending its initial report and produced fresh statements from witnesses of the alleged crime, but the AP has not produced Jamil Hussein himself.

So the search for Jamil Hussein is on, and rightly so. IraqSlogger’s team in Baghdad is working to track him down. If we find him, we’ll get back to you with details. If we can’t find him, we’ll report that, too. If Michelle Malkin wants to join the search in Baghdad, IraqSlogger will pay for her trip, and I’d even be willing to accompany her. Stay tuned.

I e-mailed my acceptance of Jordan’s invitation this morning. No way should we just take the word of the guy who admitted covering up for Saddam Hussein and who resigned from CNN after baselessly slandering the U.S. military (maybe we’ll find the Davos tape while we’re on the search). Plus, it’ll be an incredible opportunity to see Iraq and our troops firsthand. I have many friends, heroes, and contacts there I’d like to meet in person.

I also e-mailed to ask Mr. Jordan whether he would pay for Curt from Flopping Aces, the blogger who first broke open the story and is leading the charge for an answer (see, Jordan got his facts wrong already), to come on the search as well if he is able to do so.

So, indeed, stay tuned.

The search for Jamil Hussein continues…

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1036am Eastern update: Jordan says he will pay for Curt’s trip.

Jamilgate isn’t just about Jamil Hussein, I hope Mr. Jordan understands. Hussein is just one piece of the six burning Sunnis puzzle. Allah raises questions about the hospital morgue the AP identified as the one where the bodies were taken and the unidentified workers who appeared and disappeared from AP’s accounts. Maybe we’ll learn more about this, too.

Meanwhile, Bob Owens notes a couple of interesting AP promotions and introduces AP to a useful piece of technology. Stephen Spruiell weighs in. The definitive rejoinder to AP’s chickenhawk arguments is here, in case you missed it.

More reactions to Jordan’s entry into Internet journalism:

Jules Crittenden – Truth Good.
LGF - “You have got to be kidding me.”
Good Lt

Ed Morrissey corrects Editor and Publisher’s faulty account of Easongate and observes:

You have to read the Editor & Publisher column by Greg Mitchell to believe it. He makes one mention of Jordan’s departure from CNN in February 2005: “He exited CNN in the wake of the uproar over his off-the-record comments (which he insisted were misinterpreted) at a Davos meeting concerning U.S. military involvement in the accidental deaths of several journalists in Iraq.” That’s not what Jordan said, and Mitchell knows it. Jordan accused the US military of deliberately assassinating journalists in Iraq…

It’s interesting that Jordan chose Iraq as the subject for his return. After all, Jordan admitted to selling out CNN to Saddam Hussein to keep its Baghdad bureau open. He had his reporters read talking points written by Saddam’s henchmen as independent news stories. [E&P writer Greg] Mitchell doesn’t bother to ask about this, even though it goes straight to the question of Jordan’s credibility on any reporting he does on Iraq.

Jordan’s return proves that anyone shameless enough can push his way back into the national spotlight after destroying his credibility.

Update: My friend, photojournalist/milblogger extraordinaire Michael Yon, is scheduled to be in Baghdad on the 19th. He may get answers before we even get off the ground.

Bill Ardolino is also getting ready to embed in Iraq before the end of the month. Bill Roggio is there now.

More questions from Jim Hoft.

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Previous:

Eason Jordan is back

AP: Still not off the hook; Plus: The Question
Free Jamil Hussein
Questioning a NYTimes reporter; challenging CBS News & ASNE

The alleged war atrocity that the NYTimes can’t substantiate
Rumors and reporting in Iraq
Burning Sunnis, burning mosques, burning questions
Burning Six update: The AP responds (to USA Today); update: and now, a new AP account
Real news vs. fake news in Iraq
The media fog of war
The Associated (with terrorists) Press strikes again
Bilal Hussein’s congresswoman
AP runs to the Washington Post
AP stands for Advocacy Press
AP vs. the “so-called blogosphere”
Associated Press and the Bilal Hussein case
Where is Bilal Hussein?

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Shame on the selfish Associated Press. Shame.

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Chutzpah.


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