The Associated Press has responded to Bob Owens’ questions about why they published a false report of 20 alleged beheadings, based on anonymous hearsay, but still haven’t reported on an indisputable massacre, apparently by al Qaeda, notwithstanding copious photographic evidence. The AP’s answer is cryptic. The only thing I can say with certainty is that there are some stories from Iraq that can be reported based on anonymous hearsay, whereas others require an official statement by U.S. military sources before any reporting can be initiated.
Why this difference, and what stories fall on which side of the line, remains a subject of speculation.
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