This is once of the reasons I gave up reading the Main Stream Media (MSM), Press poster boy:
Former Marine Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey was the liberal media’s dream come true: An anti-war Iraq veteran who came forward to publicly lambaste the Bush administration and accuse American troops of murdering innocent civilians.
Jimmy Massey was Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan and John Kerry all wrapped up into one tidy, soundbite-friendly package — a poster boy for peace topped off by a military uniform and tattoos to boot. But like a lot of the agitators who pose as well-meaning, good-faith peace activists, Jimmy Massey was something else: A complete fraud. ….
Mr. Massey, discharged from the Marines after a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress syndrome, told harrowing, graphic tales of American troops committing “genocide” against Iraqis. In a Sacramento Bee interview last year, Mr. Massey claimed he and his fellow Marines used “M-16s [and] 50-cal. machine guns” to shoot at children and peaceful demonstrators……
Miraculously, a lone member of the mainstream media answered the call. Last weekend, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Ron Harris, who was embedded with Mr. Massey’s unit in Iraq, published a devastating debunking of the crackpot legends of Jimmy Massey. Mr. Harris detailed how Mr. Massey misled reporters, backtracked from allegations about witnessing a tractor-trailer filled with dead Iraqi civilians he claimed were killed by American artillery, and habitually embellished and altered his uncorroborated accounts of alleged military atrocities in the press and in public speeches. ……
The response of Mr. Harris’ colleagues whom Mr. Massey duped? Mostly, a collective shrug. I e-mailed a reporter from The Washington Post, asking if he would follow up. No response. A USA Today reporter told me he had no plans to do so. And I spoke with David Holwerk, editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee, which ran a lengthy freelance interview of Mr. Massey by an antiwar activist. “I don’t know what we’re planning to do,” Mr. Holwerk said. In a televised interview, Mr. Harris noted Mr. Massey continues to sell books and DVDs that smear our troops. [I]t’s been profitable for Jimmy Massey to keep telling this lie,” he said. Apparently, despite the newspaper industry’s plunging circulation figures and credibility, Mr. Massey’s media enablers believe the same thing.
So the Press prints lies, then when the lies are discovered, don’t do a whole lot about trying to correct the record. And from the MSM, is where you probably get most of your news. What about your opinions based on the news you read?