It’s not like the major media, including the Washington Post, weren’t warned about what to expect at Winter Soldier II, and the basics of fair scrutiny. A Reporters Guide and a backgrounder were published. It was picked up at many other blogs. The Reporters Guide was distributed by PR Release, and Google showed it hitting at over 250 media sites. (See here for example.)
Key to the Reporters Guide is D.U.P.E.S.
Journalists should exert due diligence to establish the truth and search for the facts that will verify or refute each allegation.
-- An acronym has been developed as a simple guide to what should reasonably be asked by journalists of those making allegations: DUPES:
D: Date(s) - When did the incident occur?
U: Unit(s) - What military units were involved?
P: Personnel - What are the names of the participants and witnesses?
E: Event(s) - What exactly happened exactly where?
S: Signature(s) - Was this reported at the time or later and were reports, affidavits or depositions signed, or will they now be signed?
Instead, today’s Washington Post just repeats the IVAWers assertions. The only demurral is from a protestor outside, a retired Colonel [Harry Riley], demanding,
"This is too important to our nation. The credibility of our nation and the credibility of our soldiers are involved." Riley said those making allegations against the U.S. military should have to give sworn testimony instead of speaking at an antiwar conference.Read the rest.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: and why reading the bloggers (TSO, Jonn Lilyea and Rurik) is important! Bruce Kesler has updated the above article based on what TSO reported at The Sniper and Robin posted at Chickenhawk Express:
As far as wanting to get both sides of the story, Steve Vogel did throw in a couple of lines from retired Colonel Harry Riley. But Vogel had an opportunity to interview TSO who was live-blogging WSII and could have given a perspective from a non-IVAW point of view. Here's what TSO wrote about the encounter...Ouch! And deservedly so, dupe!
Walking back with the private goon (jk) run into Wash Post reporter (Vogel?) interviewing Vets For Peace guy. So I say hey, just wanted to let you know that the "so called hostile bloggers" are in the back row in case you want to talk to us and provide some balance.
We waves me off and says no.
Read all of what Robin at Chickenhawk Express has to say, particularly as she notes TSO's interaction with IVAW's Geoff Millard and the subject of "unauthorized contact" with the media by bloggers!!!!!!
Winter Soldier liveblogging update: Rurik has been sighted!
Heard from Jonn Lilyea who will be live-blogging again today at This Ain't Hell But You Can See It From Here. He informs me that Rurik of Veteran American Voices – Silent No More is on site at WSI armed with a legal pad and pen, and will be firing off salvos from his blog when he gets to his PC! Stay tuned! TSO (Thus Spake Ortner) blogging at The Sniper is taking today off, but will be back live-blogging and I believe hoping to fraternize with the more charming of the "enemy" tomorrow! His posts from yesterday, though, worth a read.
A request for the live-bloggers: please let us know of any Dahr Jamail sightings! Indymedia is reporting about WSI that:
"In addition, there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other specialists to give context to the testimony, such as unembedded reporter Dahr Jamail..."