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1 23rd September 01:26
wi1066co
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Default Falsehood exposed: Jessica Lynch fairy tale = Pentagon/ Media lies


It turns out this so-called "heroine" Jessica Lynch was not "captured"
in a shootout with Iraqi soldiers, but had been in a humvee accident
and was trapped in that vehicle. She was in fact *rescued* by Iraqis
and taken to a hospital. Contrary to Pentagon lies, she had neither
been tortured nor shot by the "enemy".

Of course, U.S. troops had to rescue Jessica Lynch from being rescued
(once was not enough) and they "boldly" barged into the hospital
(meeting no armed resistance from the Iraqi doctors who were treating
Lynch), carrying off Lynch in the middle of her treatment.

Read the rest of this sorry "saga" from the following URLs:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/vv/20030630/lo_vv/45055

Will the 'News' Revise Its Lynch Stories?

Mon Jun 30, 2:52 PM ET

By Cynthia Cotts Village Voice Writer

Everyone knows the original Jessica Lynch plot, as scripted by
anonymous sources and let fly by the Pentagon (news - web sites): The
young Army private was captured, shot and stabbed, roughed up in a
Nasiriyah hospital, then rescued by an Iraqi lawyer and U.S. troops
who braved enemy fire to get her out. And by now every journalist has
heard the alternative plot—the one in which Lynch's bones were
apparently crushed in a humvee accident, Iraqi doctors know of no
evidence she was tortured, and our troops met no resistance when they
went in to save her. But while The New York Times, Newsday, and the
New York Post have all found a way to acknowledge the newly emerging
details, the Daily News has shied away from the story since late May.

The original story began to fall apart when numerous news outlets sent
reporters to interview the hospital staff, and the BBC weighed in with
a critical do***entary last month. "[Lynch] wasn't stabbed. She wasn't
shot and she has some broken bones," a Pentagon source recently told
The New York Times. The Washington Post published a front-pager on
June 17, collecting voluminous evidence that contradicts both the
original script and the Post's own initial reports. Aside from
reprinting a Richard Cohen column from the Post and recapping a May 29
Associated Press report, the News has failed to revisit the original
story in any significant fashion.

Flashback to April 3. On the cover of the News is a photo of Lynch,
along with the screaming headline "Jessica Tortured." The accompanying
story, by Maki Becker, piles one sensational, thinly sourced detail on
another. For example, the torture claim is attributed to "an Iraqi man
who alerted U.S. troops where to find [Lynch]." Added corroboration
comes from a P.O.W. expert who says that Lynch's broken bones are a
sure sign of torture, and that Iraqi soldiers were known to use steel
bars to break their prisoners' limbs. "Officials" claim that Lynch
suffered "at least one bullet wound." And the News cites a report in
The Washington Post for the fact that Lynch emptied her gun while
firing on assailants. (The Post has since backed off that detail.)

Cut to April 5. Under the headline "Jessica Took Awful Beating," a
Daily News story on page 8 states that "it's likely" Lynch was
tortured, according to an Iraqi man "who told the Americans where to
find her" and who saw Lynch slapped by a Fedayeen.

Eventually, the Lynch tipster was publicly identified as Iraqi lawyer
Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief. Al-Rehaief and his family have since been
moved to the U.S., where HarperCollins gave him a reported $300,000
advance to write a book about his role in Lynch's rescue. But by mid
May, the original script had been discredited, and HarperCollins
announced it was shifting the focus of al-Rehaief's book from Lynch's
rescue to life under Saddam Hussein (news - web sites). In the
Washington Post article of June 17, hospital staffers denied many
details of al-Rehaief's account, including his claim that Lynch was
slapped around by a Fedayeen.

Is the News sticking by the story that Lynch was tortured? News
spokesperson Ken Frydman says, "The News reported the first day that
her father said she hadn't been shot, and the rest remains
unresolved." ................


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nypost/20030622/cm_nypost/fairytaleislynchpinofjessicasrescuerenown

FAIRY TALE IS LYNCH-PIN OF JESSICA'S RESCUE & RENOWN
Sun Jun 22, 4:33 AM ET Add Op/Ed - New York Post to My Yahoo!

By LINDA STASI

WHAT'S worse - the fact that CBS offered up the whole Viacom world to
Pfc. Jessica Lynch in what appears to be a new low in getting the
"get" of the week, that CBS offered it to someone who appears to have
limited recollection of what happened, or that much of the story
surrounding the young woman captured in Iraq (news - web sites) may
have been concocted?


Last week, Jim Rutenberg of The New York Times exposed a memo in which
CBS News' Senior VP offered everything to Lynch, up to and including,
a book, a movie, co-hosting an hour-long MTV video show, a gig on
"Total Request Live!" ("give it up for Jessica Lynch and Jay-Z!"), as
well as a concert in her home town with Ja Rule or Ashanti.


This isn't checkbook journalism - it's whole life-insurance
journalism.


The next day The Washington Post ran a front-page story stating that
many details in original reports (theirs as well as others) of Lynch's
rescue from a Baghdad hospital were untrue. In fact, the whole story,
including information that Lynch emptied her M-16 into Iraqi soldiers
before her capture, seems to be more the result of "Wag the Dog" than
dogged reporting.

So does this mean that the story Jayson Blair made up about Lynch's
home was the result of a story that was also made up?
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2 27th October 01:19
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Default Falsehood exposed: Jessica Lynch fairy tale = Pentagon/ Media lies


It turns out this so-called "heroine" Jessica Lynch was not "captured"
in a shootout with Iraqi soldiers, but had been in a humvee accident
and was trapped in that vehicle. She was in fact *rescued* by Iraqis
and taken to a hospital. Contrary to Pentagon lies, she had neither
been tortured nor shot by the "enemy".

Of course, U.S. troops had to rescue Jessica Lynch from being rescued
(once was not enough) and they "boldly" barged into the hospital
(meeting no armed resistance from the Iraqi doctors who were treating
Lynch), carrying off Lynch in the middle of her treatment.

Read the rest of this sorry "saga" from the following URLs:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/vv/20030630/lo_vv/45055

Will the 'News' Revise Its Lynch Stories?

Mon Jun 30, 2:52 PM ET

By Cynthia Cotts Village Voice Writer

Everyone knows the original Jessica Lynch plot, as scripted by
anonymous sources and let fly by the Pentagon (news - web sites): The
young Army private was captured, shot and stabbed, roughed up in a
Nasiriyah hospital, then rescued by an Iraqi lawyer and U.S. troops
who braved enemy fire to get her out. And by now every journalist has
heard the alternative plot—the one in which Lynch's bones were
apparently crushed in a humvee accident, Iraqi doctors know of no
evidence she was tortured, and our troops met no resistance when they
went in to save her. But while The New York Times, Newsday, and the
New York Post have all found a way to acknowledge the newly emerging
details, the Daily News has shied away from the story since late May.

The original story began to fall apart when numerous news outlets sent
reporters to interview the hospital staff, and the BBC weighed in with
a critical do***entary last month. "[Lynch] wasn't stabbed. She wasn't
shot and she has some broken bones," a Pentagon source recently told
The New York Times. The Washington Post published a front-pager on
June 17, collecting voluminous evidence that contradicts both the
original script and the Post's own initial reports. Aside from
reprinting a Richard Cohen column from the Post and recapping a May 29
Associated Press report, the News has failed to revisit the original
story in any significant fashion.

Flashback to April 3. On the cover of the News is a photo of Lynch,
along with the screaming headline "Jessica Tortured." The accompanying
story, by Maki Becker, piles one sensational, thinly sourced detail on
another. For example, the torture claim is attributed to "an Iraqi man
who alerted U.S. troops where to find [Lynch]." Added corroboration
comes from a P.O.W. expert who says that Lynch's broken bones are a
sure sign of torture, and that Iraqi soldiers were known to use steel
bars to break their prisoners' limbs. "Officials" claim that Lynch
suffered "at least one bullet wound." And the News cites a report in
The Washington Post for the fact that Lynch emptied her gun while
firing on assailants. (The Post has since backed off that detail.)

Cut to April 5. Under the headline "Jessica Took Awful Beating," a
Daily News story on page 8 states that "it's likely" Lynch was
tortured, according to an Iraqi man "who told the Americans where to
find her" and who saw Lynch slapped by a Fedayeen.

Eventually, the Lynch tipster was publicly identified as Iraqi lawyer
Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief. Al-Rehaief and his family have since been
moved to the U.S., where HarperCollins gave him a reported $300,000
advance to write a book about his role in Lynch's rescue. But by mid
May, the original script had been discredited, and HarperCollins
announced it was shifting the focus of al-Rehaief's book from Lynch's
rescue to life under Saddam Hussein (news - web sites). In the
Washington Post article of June 17, hospital staffers denied many
details of al-Rehaief's account, including his claim that Lynch was
slapped around by a Fedayeen.

Is the News sticking by the story that Lynch was tortured? News
spokesperson Ken Frydman says, "The News reported the first day that
her father said she hadn't been shot, and the rest remains
unresolved." ................


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nypost/20030622/cm_nypost/fairytaleislynchpinofjessicasrescuerenown

FAIRY TALE IS LYNCH-PIN OF JESSICA'S RESCUE & RENOWN
Sun Jun 22, 4:33 AM ET Add Op/Ed - New York Post to My Yahoo!

By LINDA STASI

WHAT'S worse - the fact that CBS offered up the whole Viacom world to
Pfc. Jessica Lynch in what appears to be a new low in getting the
"get" of the week, that CBS offered it to someone who appears to have
limited recollection of what happened, or that much of the story
surrounding the young woman captured in Iraq (news - web sites) may
have been concocted?


Last week, Jim Rutenberg of The New York Times exposed a memo in which
CBS News' Senior VP offered everything to Lynch, up to and including,
a book, a movie, co-hosting an hour-long MTV video show, a gig on
"Total Request Live!" ("give it up for Jessica Lynch and Jay-Z!"), as
well as a concert in her home town with Ja Rule or Ashanti.


This isn't checkbook journalism - it's whole life-insurance
journalism.


The next day The Washington Post ran a front-page story stating that
many details in original reports (theirs as well as others) of Lynch's
rescue from a Baghdad hospital were untrue. In fact, the whole story,
including information that Lynch emptied her M-16 into Iraqi soldiers
before her capture, seems to be more the result of "Wag the Dog" than
dogged reporting.

So does this mean that the story Jayson Blair made up about Lynch's
home was the result of a story that was also made up?
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