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Introducing “Journal-acrum”

John on November 29, 2006 at 1:53 pm

The word fauxtography was coined to describe a class of bogus photo-journalism emanating from Lebanon this summer. I wrote about some of the faux-tography scandals this summer, even beat a couple of the big blogs to the punch on some of them. Here’s one about Adnan Hajj and staged photos. Here’s one about uncorrected captions (BTW, I sent three e-mails. Reuters ignored them all).

Definition: Journal-acrum is using non-existent sources to generate stories with an agenda.Today it looks as if the Fauxtography scandals are about to be eclipsed by a new kind of media scandal. I’m calling it journal-acrum, as in simulated journalism. Case in point, the AP story claiming 6 sunni worshippers were doused with kerosene and burned alive. It’s looking more and more like most of that story was bogus. Flopping Aces has great coverage as does JunkYardBlog. Michelle Malkin has an excellent Vent video recapping the burgeoning scandal.

The bottom line is that it appears APs main source on this story doesn’t exist, or at least isn’t who he claims to be. Centcom has already suggested as much in writing. Now there is word that the Iraqi government is about to do the same. This will be extremely embarrassing for the AP, which has already issued a strongly worded statement backing up their source.

Is it just a coincidence that the NY Times, in the wake of the burning story it seems, has announced that they will routinely refer to Iraq as in a state of civil war? Journalacrum, like fauxtography, is having an effect in the war at home. It makes you wonder how many cases of journal-acrum went unnoticed.

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