Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Iraq War Veteran Jesse Macbeth's False Claims Debunked

Is it just me, or has there been a noticeable increase in the volume of misleading and inaccurate "news" stories hitting the web recently?

From reports of Karl Rove's indictment, to news that Iran was forcing Jews and Christians to wear distinctive patches, to anti-war protesters impersonating soldiers. It's almost as though you can't trust what you read on the web anymore ;)

Actually, while the internet and the blogosphere does seem to be quite vulnerable (and gullible) to picking up "misinformation"; what really impresses me is how quickly (and thoroughly) most of these "news" stories are checked out to determine their accuracy. Despite being given a bad reputation by the "mainstream media", I believe that THIS is the web's most redeeming quality and is also the reason why I still rely upon it as my primary news source.

If there are individuals who are willing to go as far as to impersonate U.S. soldiers and claim to commit war crimes in an effort to manipulate me; it's good to know that there are always enough "skeptics" surfing the web at any given time, who will invest the time to make sure the "news" that's available, is as accurate as possible.


Blogger Stuart Robertson said...

Can't someone ask the military if he is registered somehow? Surely there has to be a better way of finding out if he was in Iraq other than how neat and tidy he keeps his uniform.

I want to believe he's an imposter, because it would be very hard to accept what he's saying were true -- even if you don't support the war, these are incredibly strong claims. :-(

2:12 p.m.  
Blogger Kevin said...

On May 22, 2006, the Just Citizens blog posted a quote attributed to Army spokesman John Boyce about Macbeth:

“Initial research by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg shows no Soldier with the name of Jesse Macbeth having ever been assigned to the Special Forces or the Army Rangers -- which are, in fact, two separate disciplines. This appears to be some sort of hoax."

1:54 a.m.  

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