Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Next month's news today ? (Now you see it, now you don't)

Here's this morning's heading and the top two items from the most widely-read Iraq-news blog in America. Notice the second item: "Sunni Arab guerillas are targeting civilian airlines in the US." The link is to a New York Times story that said two pilots of a Swedish airliner say they were fired on while taking off from the airport at Sulaimaniya in northern Iraq. There wasn't any report on who was responsible for the attack, and there certainly wasn't any reference to the US.

Maybe this was just a slip-up. Or is it possible the blog-author picked up a memo from the wrong pile?

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Juan Cole is President of the Global Americana Institute

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Four US Troops Killed
PKK Threatens Iraq, Turkey

Four more US troops have been announced killed in Iraq.

Sunni Arab guerrillas are targeting civilian airlines in the US.

UPDATE: Juan has deleted the item "Sunni Arab guerillas target civilian airlines in the US" from his Aug 14 posting, without explanation. Was it really there? Gabriele at The Cat's Blog can back me up on this. She too posted an item on this. Her idea was maybe Juan was thinking of Iraqi Kurdistan as US territory... (which however wouldn't explain why he attributed this to "Sunni Arab guerillas"...)


Blogger Sam said...

You are not the first to point out Cole's sloppiness. I've sent him a million emails correcting errors in his translations and background info. Most of the time it's just a careless mistake, but sometimes it will reflect a political bias on his part. He also rarely acknowledges emendations--he never used to at all, but so many people complained and he got so embarrassed that he started doing it at least occasionally.

He also can't resist using IC as a bully pulpit to rant about whatever, like today's lengthy screed about Karl Rove. Or there was one post about a year ago where he talked about how the Iraq war was motivated by the desire of white men to save brown women from brown men. I could go on and on.

I am no fan of Martin Kramer, and probably come down on Cole's side of most policy (but not academic) issues, but this article is a hilarious and highly damning fisking of Cole and IC:


6:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sam I think you're in the wrong place

10:32 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Dear anonymous,

Well said! Thanks for your input.


10:38 AM  

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