I don't like whores and I don't like stupid. If we're talking face to face and you say something stupid, I'm not going to pounce. If you lie, I'll even justify it to others with, "Sometimes a lie is more important than the truth for some people -- and more revealing."
But that's in casual conversation.
When you're a journalist, when you're a reporter, I expect you to tell the truth.
Roy Gutman has a real problem with the truth. He gets caught snickering at Helen Thomas' fate on The Diane Rehm Show and wants to try and lie his way out of it. (See Ava and my "Media: Let's Kill Helen!" if you're new to the attacks on Helen.) He can't get things right in January (but Robert Dreyfuss of The Nation attacks Nizar Latif and spares the US' Roy Gutman). Then in July, reporter Roy Gutman offers that the US needs to stay in Iraq. That's a policy decision and as we heard over and over in the lead up to the Iraq War, reporters covered what happened, they didn't offer opinions and government policies weren't things they could comment on. Remember, that was the excuse given for their silence. That may have faded from memory but it happened. (Of course, when they're endorsing a goverment policy, it's never a problem. Chris Hedges gets written up by the New York Times for speaking out against the war. Reporters for the paper endorse it and they don't get written up.)
I'm guessing Sahar Issa did a lot of leg work to get an original story, Parliament's reaction to Nouri's down payment of $1.5 billion dollars for 18 war planes. And good for Sahar, that is the strongest part of the story.
And then Roy thought he'd round it out. He's either not done the work required or he's lying. And with his past rap sheet, it's really difficult to give him the benefit of the doubt. A follow up order? Not really news. Bloomberg was reporting that days ago.
Let's note some of the key problems with the article (all are direct quotes from the article):