Friday, August 05, 2011

Dammit. Trust any media with the words "New York" in it...

And get bitten squarely on the ass.

Maybe it's because I read a lot of fiction.  Maybe it's because I enjoyed reading Black Hawk Down and Killing Pablo.  Maybe it's because I wanted it to be true, and in the absence of truth, people tend to listen to whoever is talking.

Whatever the reason, I pointed you to this article in the New Yorker, which has rasied questions from various sources as to its authenticity. 

And I should have known better.  SF-Types are a tight-knit bunch, and notoriously closed-lipped about operations they've been on... especially in operations like this one, where Mr. Jihad will always be looking for revenge.  Nobody is really looking to avenge Pablo Escobar--but plenty on IHateAmericas would love the opportunity to exact revenge on the guys who killed bin-laden.

The details were good--pretty accurate from my experience--but the things that weren't right weren't completely out of my scope of experience--a little common sense and a little more questioning on my part would've likely led me to the same conclusion:  this douchebag wrote fanfic war porn, and I linked to it as though it were gospel.  The article reads as if the author rode along with the operation or had direct access to a number of the operatives. To not acknowledge if indeed he did not is misleading at best.

My Bad.  I'm off to get my bullshit meter re-gauged.


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