Lefty blogger Lindsay Beyerstein sees a sinister motive in Marc Danziger’s work on the Jam(a)il Hussein story — namely, he’s out to save Michelle Malkin from having to go to Iraq:
When the Associated Press reported that 6 Iraqis had been burned to death in sectarian violence, Michelle Malkin and the right wing bloggers went on the offensive against the AP. Their main complaint was that the report of immolation was based on a single source, identified as police captain Jamil Hussein, who couldn’t be tracked down for confirmation.
So, former CNN chief Eason Jordan invited Michelle Malkin to come to Iraq and investigate the story for herself. Miraculously, within hours of the challenge, a Pajamas Media blogger found the source.
First of all: Marc Danziger is a Pajamas Media blogger? That has to come as a shock to him. Marc was initially in on the founding of Pajamas Media, but he and the other founders had a difference of opinion on the direction the company should take, and parted ways. Marc is about as far from being a “Pajamas Media blogger” as you can possibly get.
Second, Marc told me how he came to look into the Jam(a)il Hussein story. I’ll let him tell his own story, but I can assure you that it had nothing to do with saving Michelle Malkin from going to Iraq. No matter: Beyerstein is convinced that it’s all a big conspiracy:
Imagine that, as soon as Michelle is asked to put up or shut up, one of her colleagues solves the mystery. I sure hope Michelle Malkin has a nice Christmas present picked out for Danziger.
The assumption there is that Malkin will not be going to Iraq now. Funny, though . . . I didn’t see any mention of that on her blog. What if she’s still going, Lindsay Beyerstein? Will you take a helping of crow then?
The assumptions continue to fly at David Niewert’s Orcinus, who picks up the crow-eating analogy and runs with it, saying that Malkin
is probably going to have figure out how to eat a full-fledged serving of crow, and simultaneously perform triage on the dead horse that is whatever credibility she might once have enjoyed.
Quick pause here, to say: huh? Niewert continues:
That’s because it’s looking like, after a smear campaign against the Associated Press that revealed more about the Malkin’s brand of journalism than it did any malfeasance on the part of the AP, that the intrepid investigators of the right are finding that, yes Virginia, there is a Jamil Hussein after all. And he is a police captain, precisely at the station the AP reported . . .
Niewert sure is putting a lot of stock in the Editor & Publisher report, which makes it sound as though Marc’s findings are sure to corroborate every aspect of the AP‘s reporting — and which, in classic E&P style, overlooks a lot of inconvenient facts in its knee-jerk defense of Big Media. Again, I’d caution against making too many assumptions. What’s wrong with, say, just waiting for Marc’s post to come out?
I’ll note that it’s almost certain that the AP‘s original reporting was inaccurate, given that they themselves have (very quietly) backed off of one of the major claims made in the original story: that four different mosques were burned.
In the meantime, the folks on the left are jumping to a lot of conclusions, in support of their thesis that conservative bloggers have been . . . jumping to conclusions.
I know, I know. Waiting for the facts is so boring. Still, that’s how we’re going to play it here. Beyerstein and Niewert would be wise to do the same.
UPDATE: Beyerstein has corrected her error regarding Marc being a “Pajamas Media blogger.”