Off to the side however, a vague awareness of a newer Republican blog in the Virginia blogosphere has been building. Maybe some of you have noticed this blog, "Snapped Shot," as well. An underlying theme of this blog seems to be that Reuters doesn't do a very good job of covering the Middle-East.
The odd thing is, most of the pictures on this blog are taken from Reuters or other news agencies, apparently with no regard to licensing fees or fair use.
If someone wants to critique a news agency or company I say more power to them: like most Virginia Leftybloggers, I have an adverserial relationship with the Washington Times and Richmond Times Dispatch. But if you are going to attack someone you really ought to do your fact checking to make certain your story or stories are true.
Take "Snapped Shot" today:
It would appear that the Iranian government is stirring up a little bit of Ye Olde Anti-American Sentiments amongst its people again—Here's a "spontaneous" protest outside of the United Nations accusing the United States of "delaying" the process of rebuilding Shi'ite shrines in Iraq. Of course, the Iranian government probably shouldn't be expected to inform its citizens that Iran had a hand in those bombings, but hey, that's okay:—Reuters doesn't think you need to know that, either."Snapped Shot" is accusing Iran of involvement in the February 2006 bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq. It seems that the author of "Snapped Shot," one Brian C. Ledbetter, is trying to promote anti-Iranian sentiment in order to support Bush and Cheney's current anti-Iran policy.
There's just one problem: his story isn't true. As his source, Mr. Ledbetter cited a story from the American Chronicle from Friday February 26, 2006, just two days after the bombing and before the bombing had been properly investigated. This article made a number of accusations against Iran without providing any support. The accusations subsequently turned out to be completely false.
My source? President George W. Bush himself:
QUESTION: Morning, Mr. President.As everyone knows, Al Quaeda in Iraq is a SUNNI militia group that has repeatedly threatened Iran to stay out of Iraq and stop supporting Iraqi Shia.
When you talked today about the violence in Baghdad, first you mentioned extremists, radicals, and then Al Qaida. It seems that Al Qaida and foreign fighters are much less of a problem there and that it really is Iraqi versus Iraqi.
And when we heard about your meeting the other day with experts and so forth, some of the reporting out of that said you were frustrated, you were surprised. And your spokesman said: No, you're determined.
But frustration seems like a very real emotion. Why wouldn't you be frustrated, sir, about what's happening?
BUSH: I do remember the meeting; I don't remember being surprised.
BUSH: I'm not sure what they meant by that.
QUESTION: About the lack of gratitude among the Iraqi people...
BUSH: No, I think -- first of all, the first part of your question: You know, if you look back at the words of Zarqawi before he was brought to justice, he made it clear that the intent of their tactics in Iraq was to create civil strife.
In other words, look at what he said. He said, let's kill Shia to get Shia to seek revenge and therefore create this, kind of, hopefully, cycle of violence.
Secondly, it's pretty clear -- at least the evidence indicates -- that the bombing of the shrine was an Al Qaida plot, all intending to create sectarian violence.
No, I doubt very much that Reuters feels the need to report stories that are false and without merit. I wonder why Snapped Shot feels the need to?