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Don’t quote the LA Times

The LA Times proves itself again and again how completely and utterly hopeless a media organization it is. Patterico does the honors once more.

The L.A. Times claims that there has been no independent confirmation of the content of computers recovered from FARC terrorists, which show Venezuelan assistance to the terrorists:

Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) proposed congressional hearings to examine the contents of laptop computers apparently owned by a Colombian rebel commander known as Raul Reyes.

The computers were recovered by Colombian commandos in Ecuador after Reyes, the No. 2 commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was killed in a March 1 bombing raid.

The Colombian government has leaked files that it said indicate Venezuela made offers of financial, political and arms help to the FARC, which the U.S. views as a terrorist group.

No independent confirmation of the laptops’ content has been made, and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has denied the Colombian charges.

I’m not sure what is meant by that final sentence. The Times itself recently published an AP story that reported that Interpol had examined the laptops and “found no evidence of tampering”:

“There was no tampering with or altering of any of the data contained in the user files by any of the Colombian law enforcement authorities following their seizure on March 1,” said Interpol’s secretary general, Ronald Noble, a former enforcement chief for the U.S. Treasury Department.

LA Times – For all your fictional news!

NewsBusters reports:

A new movie called “Bloodline” purports itself to be a documentary that claims to have found evidence that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and their “bloodline” has been kept secret by the Catholic Church and a group called the “Priory of Sion.” (NB’s Scott Whitlock and Mark Finkelstein have written on this as well.)

But the truth is that the film’s premise is based on a complete fabrication. The “Priory of Sion” was founded in 1950’s France as a hoax by a known trickster. Yet the group’s fictions continue to be forwarded by those despise Christianity and seek to degrade the Church. The Priory and its related claims have been debunked over and over and over and over and over and over again.

This is the bones of the Da Vinci Code as I understand it.

It’s laughably false. The “Priory of Sion” is so secret, that the files were held in public record and the trickster who created them (and purported to be a member of the group) explicitly pointed out their existence to the investigator who “found” them.

That alone should have clued him in.

Wikipedia.

Although many came to believe it to be the most influential cabal in Western history, the Priory of Sion has been exposed as a ludibrium created in 1961 by Pierre Plantard, a false pretender to the French throne.[3] The evidence presented in support of its historical existence and role prior to 1956 was discovered to have been forged and then planted in various locations around France by Plantard and his accomplices. Nevertheless, many conspiracy theorists persist in believing that the Priory of Sion is a 1000-year-old secret society which conceals a subversive secret.[4]

The Priory of Sion myth has been exhaustively debunked by journalists and scholars as one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century.[5] However, some skeptics have expressed concern that the proliferation and popularity of books, websites and films inspired by this hoax have contributed to the problem of conspiracy theories, pseudohistory, superstition and other confusions becoming more mainstream.[6] Others are troubled by the romantic reactionary ideology promoted in these works.[7]

Anyway, it’d be a good measure of just how truthful (or biased against Christianity) your local MSM outfit is as to how the portray this movie. I’m guessing that most will fall a long way short.

Gotta love this title!

Patterico does have some great headlines :) Mind, the LA times does ask for it something cronic.

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