You can catch Blackwater!

Instapundit reports.

Iraqi doctors in al-Anbar province warn of a new disease they call “Blackwater” that threatens the lives of thousands. The disease is named after Blackwater Worldwide, the U.S. mercenary company operating in Iraq.

No, actually that’s just a kind of malaria that’s gone by that name since the 19th Century, as Jules Crittenden points out. Ali al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail, who reported this story, are either idiots or liars; the news service (IPS) that ran it is likewise. Are they that stupid — or do they think that you are?

Pathetic media – that’s the epidemic here!

Update: Link fixed.


  1. Yeah, that’s exactly how they reported it. But I guess it’s easier for you to just take a sentence out of context and attach a rant… what is it you were saying about your blog = pathetic media??

    [edited by scrubone]

  2. 1. I’ve edited your comment, as it was quoting an article in full. I have fixed the above link, so that is now unnecessary and detracts from the discussion. If people want to read the full text, they can click the links.

    2. I didn’t take the quote out of context. I stated fully it’s context – it was posted on instapundit.

    3. Even on the original article, it *was* the context – the opening paragraph.

    While the article went on to say other things, clearly some sub editor thought it would be funny to have a crack at blackwater.

    That *is* pathetic.

    Now, that is not to say that I read the original article – I didn’t initially. My bad. But the instapundit quote is indeed a falsehood, and is the opening paragraph so I don’t think your complaint has merit.

    Besides which, here you have a full opportunity to state your case, and I have addressed your concerns in public forum within 24 hours. This report still has not been corrected of it’s clear inconsistencies, even after being linked from one of the most popular blogs on the internet.

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