Perhaps it's just the season for tall tales about headless corpses. Of course, thanks to Washington Irving, we have the perennial Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. And this year, thanks to the MSW, we have had two incidents of the 20 Headless Bodies of Baghdad, both equally works of fiction. Gateway Pundit exposes the continuing gullibility of our media outlets, who have now fallen for the same scary fairy tale twice. Could MSM be paying unwitting tribute to another work of American horror literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales?
Or is it just that MSM is always willing to swallow any story, no matter how far-fetched, that casts the U.S. involvement in Iraq and President George W. Bush in a negative light. The fact that the false report frequently appeared in articles about U.S. troops turning over responsibility in Kabala to Iraqi security forces suggests that latter theory is the correct one. Typical is this gratuitious editorial statement, found in the AFP press account, "The discovery of bodies was a stark reminder that Iraq's brutal sectarian strife was far from over despite wideranging US and Iraqi military operations, including in the Diyala province of which Baquba is the capital." In other words, don't be fooled by reports of military progress, the surge isn't working, we are still stuck in a quagmire. MSM will stick to that story even if it has to circulate unsubstantiated false news reports to do so. Now that's really scary.