North Carolina, due to the Charlotte Observer and the News & Observer, gets much of its information from McClatchy. McClathy is one of the outlets cited for running more of the sloppy (read: fabricated) journalism coming from Iraq; in this case, the original source was the Associated Press.
“20 Beheaded Bodies Were Found On The Banks Of The Tigris River Southeast Of The Capital.” “A car bomb parked at a crowded Baghdad bus terminal killed at least 25 Thursday morning, while 20 beheaded bodies were found on the banks of the Tigris River southeast of the capital…The beheaded remains were found in the Sunni Muslim village of Um al Abeed, near the city of Salman Pak, 14 miles southeast of Baghdad.
While I wouldn’t want to blame the good folks at our NC papers for the bad journalism they might get from the mothership or through syndication, it never hurts to be reminded we must remain vigilant about those who act as the conduits of information. If journalism is to be a sausage grinder run by massive media concerns, we must as bloggers, readers and citizens approach every article with a skeptical eye. Let the Army of Davids prevail. -MB