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AP Finds Iraqi Policeman, Not Everyone’s Happy

malkin.gifSo, the AP has found the Iraqi policeman they quoted six weeks ago, and — despite US and Iraqi denials — shown he exists. (‘Course, now Jamil Hussein faces punishment for speaking.)

And former CNN chief and current “Iraq Slogger” co-founder Eason Jordan — who was going to go look for Hussein with a blogger he called “co-president of the Eason Haters’ Club”– tells FishbowlNY: “I’m relieved the dispute about the existence of Jamil Hussein has been resolved. With the benefit of hindsight, I believe all involved in this case could and should have handled it better.”

The blogger, Michelle Malkin (pictured), says she’s still going to Iraq on a military trip, and tells FishbowlNY she has no regrets over her hammering on the Hussein affair:

No regrets at all. I hope Jamil Hussein, who lent his name and rank publicly to dozens of Associated Press stories, will talk to journalists other than those employed by the Associated Press about the incidents he has witnessed across Iraq.

As I stated when I made our plans public, the “Jamil Hussein” story is one important item on our agenda, but not the only one. As bloggers on this story have noted from the beginning, Jamilgate isn’t just about Jamil Hussein. [Fellow blogger] Bryan Preston and I plan to do as much on-the-ground reporting as we can to nail down still unresolved questions. And we are looking forward to reporting first-hand on the security situation in Iraq.

Jordan, in a separate note to us, wishes Malkin well.

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    Off the Media: The Human Interest Slog

    eason_jordan_otm.jpgAhhhh, NOW we know what makes for a good cable news story. It has to be “human interest,” which to On the Media co-host Bob Garfield means “aberrant, ongoing and unresolved.” But when he says a story like the Mt. Hood climber search “affects nobody but the principles,” is he forgetting the taxpayer money spent on the rescue efforts? Besides, we’ve heard news people justify this kind of coverage as cautionary tales. (“Remember, when you’re mountain climbing, not to die a horrible death by getting lost …”) OK, sure, those stories push more “real” news aside. But isn’t that what the news business has been about since before the penny-paper days of the 19th Century?

    Impressively for a holiday week (check out the disharmonious “Fa la la la la” at 52:46 on the podcast), they managed to put a show together with no retreads of previous stuff. Co-host Brooke Gladstone interviews Eason Jordan (pictured) about his new “Iraq Slogger” venture — essentially a newswire devoted solely to Iraq that’s already, after weeks in existence, gotten about 500,000 pageviews and some 100,000 visitors, Jordan tells FishbowlNY. OTM covered half of the new business.

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