Patterico's Pontifications


Seeing Raul

Filed under: General,Humor — Patterico @ 11:15 pm

Captain Ed spots yet another anomaly in that doctored Reuters photograph.

UPDATE: On a serious note, Power Line has some questions about other Reuters photographs. It’s not looking good for Reuters.

Series on a Florida Public Defender

Filed under: Crime,General — Patterico @ 5:05 pm

The Angry Clam forwards this interesting series on an idiosyncratic public defender in Hillsborough County, Florida.

I will say that the public defenders I work with are, generally speaking, some of the most talented and knowledgeable lawyers I know. They use their intimate knowledge of the courthouse, judges, and prosecutors to obtain what are often outstanding results for their clients. Of course, in unusual cases like the O.J. Simpson trial, it doesn’t hurt to have massive amounts of money to throw at a defense. But, at least as to the overwhelming majority of standard cases we see in court on a routine basis, anyone who says that justice goes only to the rich doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Letter to the Readers’ Representative Regarding Hagee’s Briefing of Murtha

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 1:06 pm

Here’s the e-mail I sent to the Readers’ Representative today regarding the paper’s apparent misstatement regarding when General Hagee briefed John Murtha about Haditha:


Back in May and June, I asked you about a May 26 L.A. Times story on the alleged Haditha massacre (Probe Finds Marines Killed Unarmed Iraqi Civilians), which said that Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) was briefed by Marine Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee before Murtha went to the press to denounce the killings:

Hagee briefed key congressional leaders on the upcoming report. One of those, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), a retired Marine colonel, said later that Marines “killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”

I wrote you to ask if you were sure this was accurate. You replied that it was, saying: “what has run in the Times has been accurate.”

We now learn that, according to General Hagee, it wasn’t. Reuters reported on Thursday:

The head of the U.S. Marine Corps briefed Rep. John Murtha on the Haditha case after the vocal war critic publicly said Marines had killed innocent civilians in that Iraqi city, the Corps said on Thursday.

I have a few questions:

1) Will you be issuing a correction to the May 26 article?

2) Did anyone ever contact Gen. Hagee to ask him whether he had indeed briefed Murtha before Murtha spoke publicly about Haditha?

3) What was your basis for saying that the paper had reported this information accurately, when it now appears that it hadn’t?

I think my readers would be interested to know the answers to these questions.

Yours truly,

Patrick Frey
Patterico’s Pontifications

As always, I’ll let you know what I hear in response.

Reuters Photo Killed; Reuters Admits Manipulation

Filed under: Media Bias,War — Patterico @ 9:29 am

Reuters has killed that photoshopped picture of a burning Beirut, and admitted that it was manipulated.

The photographer has been a war photographer for a while, and was on hand at Qana. Presumably Reuters will be looking at his previous work for evidence of other alteration or manipulation.

UPDATE: Jeff Goldstein notes evidence of possible shenanigans by the photographer at Qana, and cites Charles Johnson as saying that the photo may still be doctored.

A Comment from Mrs. Patterico on the TBogg Thing

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:19 am

Mrs. P. put up a comment at TBogg’s (her idea, not mine), so I thought I’d note it. You can read her comment here.

The post she is responding to is summarized in the extended entry, and her comment is quoted in full. I’m not blogging about this any more, but I thought I’d let her have her say.


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