May 22, 2004


Having received some unsettling photographs, Media Watch turns to World Net Daily for help:

Calling Americans "barbaric wild beasts" who are "born in brothels," likely Arab propagandists have sent a group of "rape" photographs – including some WND uncovered as fake images taken from a pornographic website – to an Australian TV program.

Staff of the program, called "Media Watch," contacted WND yesterday to get help identifying the photos, which the senders claim depict U.S. servicemen raping Iraqi women. WorldNetDaily was able to confirm that all eight "rape" photos were taken from the same pornographic site previously identified, "Sex In War."

World Net Daily’s work was mentioned earlier by Professor Bunyip and in The Bulletin. Research-averse Sydney Morning Herald columnist Alan Ramsey was duped by the “rape” images, which should earn him a Media Watch citation.

Wonder if they’ll also bring up Ramsey's plastic turkey blunder; not likely, considering this email I received from Media Watch executive producer Peter McEvoy after I wrote asking him why the turkey myth hadn’t been mentioned on his program:

Why don't you do the work to investigate this turkey yourself, and publish the results in your column?

Silly me. Here was I thinking a show called "Media Watch" might actually conduct such investigations itself.

(Via Bernie Slattery, who has lately reviewed his newspaper-buying habits. He isn’t alone.)

Posted by Tim Blair at May 22, 2004 05:22 AM

I'm so glad you didn't take a whole month off.

Posted by: Karol at May 22, 2004 at 06:53 AM

My, Mr. McEvoy, aren't you being just a trifle sarcastic and snide? Not to mention lacking any imagination. Think of the golden opportunity that you threw away! You could have made fun of President Brush, sneered at the US military, criticized US contractors in Iraq, and chuckled at all of us clueless members of the VRWC. Instead, you pass this off to Tim Blair. Sigh. What might have been.......

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 22, 2004 at 07:07 AM

McEvoy is such a tool that he thinks it would take an actual investigation to determine the truth about the turkey Bush served n Baghdad. You'd think he could at least get his assistant to Google it for him.

Posted by: R C Dean at May 22, 2004 at 07:39 AM

You all are aware that the Boston Glopbe published those pictures as fact right? A week after World Net Daily had already exposed them. A totaly degenerate avowed Marxist Boston City Councilman, last name Turner and a local "community activist" named Mandingo Kabloom or something (the Globe covers this guy all the time who's only job seems to be "community activist" which I infer is a newspaper term for what I would call a violent, racist blackman) but anyway the Two Stoogies call the globe and have this big press conference and say they came into possesion of these photos blah blah blah (how these two local morons could come up with such a thing was not even questioned.) but only the Globe ran with them with a disclaimer like "we could not verrify" if they were real but we're going to run them anyway. The Globe is owned by the NY Times.

Posted by: Two in the Hat at May 22, 2004 at 07:57 AM

"Mandingo Kabloom"
Best laugh today. You don't moonlight at Rantburg, do you?

Posted by: Old Grouch at May 22, 2004 at 08:36 AM

Now, the guy's name wasn't Mandingo Kabloom. I believe it was Conspiracy Brother.

Did you know the black man invented Australia, Tim?

Posted by: Mike G at May 22, 2004 at 08:53 AM

Hey Guys, I have ACTUAL REAL photos of US Troops abusing busty women. Jelly and cream - totally against the Geneva Convention.

The victims have been drugged and forced to scream "Yes, yes oh yes."

Sick stuff.

Posted by: Quentin George at May 22, 2004 at 10:07 AM

Amidst such one-sided journalism, cheer yourself with the knowledge that for cultures this innovative triumph is inevitable.

via Instapundit and Andrew Sullivan respectively.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at May 22, 2004 at 01:41 PM

Goddammit Tim!

I've been avoiding you, taking you at your one month word. Now I come in and find a bunch of gold.

If yer gonna deny me my free ice cream for a month, at least be straight about about it.


(A rabidly ungrateful consumer of someone else's sweat and passion.)


Posted by: Andrew X at May 22, 2004 at 02:50 PM

McEvoy's response was OUTRAGEOUS but typical.
I wrote to Media Watch last year complaining how ABC reporter Mark Willacy often failed to mention his ever present Iraqi minder when he went on his pre-war walkabouts through Baghdad, asking people what they thought of Saddam Hussein and the likely American invasion. Media Watch didn't respond to me, and needless-to-say, made no mention of this omission by Willacy on their programme.

Posted by: Brian. at May 22, 2004 at 03:04 PM

Since the Boston Globe was bought by the NY Times it's worse than ever. At one time (about 30 yrs. ago or so) the paper was known for being Liberal, in the classic sense of the word and it was respected by most people I know here.

Most people I know used to read the Globe. Not any more. My parents, staunch Liberals, would always get the Globe. They don't read the Globe any more because they think it's too leftist and has departed from it's 'Liberal Roots'.

It's not just the Globe. Many of the news media, that once seemed Liberal (classic), seem to now be organs for the left.

I define the left as a worldview that blames the US/West for all the ills in the world and constantly tears us down, while at the same time praising or ignoring regimes (like Castro's) that deny basic human rights to their people.

Free speech and tolerance are absent from today's left. Many on the left don't seem very inquisitive about things. They seem to believe anything that supports their worldview with very little questioning. Therefore, I'm not surprised about 'The Turkey' and 'GI Porn' being taken as fact by most (NOT all), even when others had already documented how bogus these stories/photos are.

Perhaps some of the news media, like the Boston Globe, believe we (readers) are either stupid or don't care when the Globe makes a blunder like it did with the 'GI Porn'. We do care.

It's OK to make mistakes once in a while. We're all human. But, I look for a BIG APOLOGY when the Globe makes a mistake like it just did with those pictures. I expect to hear someone(s) has lost his/her job(s). The non-apology we received from the Globe just adds more to lack of credibility for that paper.

Don't all news organizations care about their credibility? I'm not a news professional, but I think having credibility is something ALL news organizations should have as one of their top goals.

If people don't believe or trust what the news organization has to say, people will stop buying and watching. (As they are doing now.)

Thank God (I mean that) for the Internet. It's via the Internet we (readers and consumers) become aware there are still journalists who care about the integrity of their profession (like Tim). I don't care so much about the journalist's world view or political preferences (I'm an Independent) as I care that they are honest and open to ideas.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at May 22, 2004 at 04:12 PM

OT: OPEC's map of its member countries show Indonesia as having the land that belongs to East Timor. Must be by the same cartography klutzes who keep on forgetting to put Israel into maps.

How to view the map: visit, click on "Member countries", and wonder "Dude, where's their country?"

(For comparison, this page shows where East Timor is.)

Posted by: Andjam at May 22, 2004 at 04:34 PM

Oops, here's the hyperlink to OPEC:

Posted by: Andjam at May 22, 2004 at 04:38 PM

I also think the word "liberal" has been highjacked by the hard left.
After all the word is far more marketable than "neo-marxist" and implies fairness and fuzzy cuddly men with wool sweaters and reading glasses.
Any ideas for renamomg the origianls

Posted by: DAVO at May 22, 2004 at 05:52 PM

interesting that media watch should be "selected" for this material.
They must have achieved some kind of fame amongst the islamo fascist left coalition
what next dare i suggest
"Andrew Marr lunches with Osama ".
only after we hear
" american experts may have been mistaken about the photos. We ask our own panel to ,,,,,"

Posted by: DAVO at May 22, 2004 at 05:58 PM

"Why don't you do the work to investigate this turkey yourself, and publish the results in your column?"

Tim, I think your response needs to be:

"Why is Media Watch reluctant to report on misconduct committed by ABC journalists?"

Posted by: 2dogs at May 22, 2004 at 07:00 PM

Chris: well said and true.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at May 22, 2004 at 08:04 PM

****Sydney Morning Herald columnist Alan Ramsey was duped by the “rape” images****

What makes you think he was duped, Tim?

Ramsay's secure enough at the SMH to lie, if it advances the agenda.

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at May 22, 2004 at 09:04 PM

Here's another genuine picture for Alan Ramsey of one of the appalling torture techniques being used by the Americans in the deserts of Iraq. Look for it in his next expose.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at May 22, 2004 at 09:11 PM


People who are Liberal (classic) have been trying to either come up with a new word or reclaim Liberal from the Left. I haven't seen anything that has stuck yet.

It *is* a shame that the Left hijacked that term. Makes it hard on people who are, and refer to themselves as, Liberal. Most people I know who consider themselves Liberal are NOT Leftists.

Posted by: Chris Josephson at May 22, 2004 at 09:56 PM

I don't call them Liberals. I don't call them Leftists. I call them Leftovers.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at May 23, 2004 at 01:30 AM

CurrencyLad, you are an evil genius! LOL!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 23, 2004 at 02:15 AM

CurrencyLad, that picture is terrible! Look at the way the American soldier opens his mouth in laughter as he forces the hairy iraqi to look over the cliff.


Posted by: Quentin George at May 23, 2004 at 09:29 AM