The list of people questioning the CNN story we mentioned here and here are growing.

The Volokh Conspiracy:

Indeed, not only is there no crater in the roof, but lawn furniture and clothes hanging out to dry on a line are right there in the background, undisturbed. Given that CNN’s own staff can’t vouch for the video first-hand, and that very serious questions have been raised about its credibility, I don’t see why CNN would want to double-down on this one.

Reihl World View:

At the very least it seems it might be an attempt by someone to alter the time-line of events and that a Channel 4 report actually pointed out that the family stayed home for some time and waited for the camera man / brother before taking the boy to the hospital.

In the third video (bottom) – of CNN’s full report – it claims the boy was taken home after the hospital – see 47 seconds in.

But in the second version posted from the UK’s channel 4, they use the same footage to suggest the boy “might” already be dead. That would mean the living room video was shot before taking the boy to the hospital – see 55 seconds in of that video. And at 2:20 in, the video actually says they drove from the hospital directly to the cemetery. That supports the living room video being shot after waiting for the cameraman to come off the road to the home. Why wouldn’t they have taken the boy to the hospital immediately?

Also in the first edited CNN video posted by Charles it clearly states that after the hospital the boy was “taken home” – possibly the same footage but it drives home the point. See 1 minute in of the top video at lgf link. And that language goes with the very same footage from the living room also in the other videos.

This is likely going to keep up until something gives.

I’m still waiting for that explaination concerning the left and Israel and the Jews meanwhile Mark Steyn makes a list:

In Paris, the state-owned TV network France-2 broadcasts film of dozens of dead Palestinians killed in an Israeli air raid on New Year’s Day. The channel subsequently admits that, in fact, the footage is not from January 1st 2009 but from 2005, and, while the corpses are certainly Palestinian, they were killed when a truck loaded with Hamas explosives detonated prematurely while leaving the Jabaliya refugee camp in another of those unfortunate work-related accidents to which Gaza is sadly prone. Conceding that the Palestinians supposedly killed by Israel were, alas, killed by Hamas, France-2 says the footage was broadcast “accidentally.”

In Toulouse, a synagogue is firebombed; in Bordeaux, two kosher butchers are attacked; at the Auber RER train station, a Jewish man is savagely assaulted by 20 youths taunting, “Palestine will kill the Jews;” in Villiers-le-Bel, a Jewish schoolgirl is brutally beaten by a gang jeering, “Jews must die.”

In Helsingborg, the congregation at a Swedish synagogue takes shelter as a window is broken and burning cloths thrown in; in Odense, principal Olav Nielsen announces that he will no longer admit Jewish children to the local school after a Dane of Lebanese extraction goes to the shopping mall and shoots two men working at the Dead Sea Products store; in Brussels, a Molotov cocktail is hurled at a Belgian synagogue; in Antwerp, lit rags are pushed through the mail flap of a Jewish home; and, across the Channel, “youths” attempt to burn the Brondesbury Park Synagogue.

In London, the police advise British Jews to review their security procedures because of potential revenge attacks. The Sun reports “fears” that “Islamic extremists” are drawing up a “hit list” of prominent Jews, including the Foreign Secretary, Amy Winehouse’s record producer, and the late Princess of Wales’s divorce lawyer. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Islamic non-extremists from the British Muslim Forum, the Islamic Foundation and other impeccably respectable “moderate” groups have warned the government that the Israelis’ “disproportionate force” in Gaza risks inflaming British Muslims, “reviving extremist groups,” and provoking “UK terrorist attacks” — not against Amy Winehouse’s record producer and other sinister members of the International Jewish Conspiracy but against targets of, ah, more general interest.

Still waiting for the protests from the left on this stuff.

Cnn now insists that the footage from Gaza mentioned here is genuine:

There’s no truth to accusations by bloggers that a Palestinian camera crew staged a video showing the death of the videographer’s brother after an Israeli rocket attack, said the team’s employer.

and has re-posted it.

Ed Morrissey isn’t buying it. His evaluation of the video:

It’s not only a fake, it’s an absurd fake. It’s not even done well, and Gilbert’s dramatic headshake at the end of the supposed CPR — in which Doctor #2’s hands keep coming off the body — is only the cheesy coup de grace. Why did CNN republish this?

His evaluation of CNN’s Explanation:

Maybe Martin can explain how a missile hits a roof and kills two boys but does no more damage to the roof than what a pickaxe could do in five minutes — and how the furniture didn’t get disturbed.

The Confederate Yankee isn’t buying it either:

Premium clients can commission the writing filming, and broadcast of specific stories. Commissioned news, sold at a premium. Isn’t that another name for mercenary propaganda?

If so, I wonder who commissioned these… or if they were done pro bono.





Martin is trusted by Hamas on at least a professional level, and has a financial stake in the credibility of his employee’s story. Neither of these conflicts of interest were disclosed by CNN, for the rather obvious reasons it undermines their claim of the story’s credibility.

Charles Johnson not only isn’t buying it but does some the basic research that CNN might do if it decided to bother:

The company that provided this video story to CNN and several other news outlets is World News & Features, as we pointed out yesterday after CNN published their defense of the piece.

At the lower right of the World News & Features front page, we find a link to as the designer of the site.

A WHOIS lookup for reveals that the domain is hosted by

(who is info follows)

…And the primary contact and general manager for is none other than the “freelance photographer” who filmed that staged hospital scene, Ashraf Mashharawi.

How about that.

I’ve interviewed Ed Morrissey, for the HiWired podcast a couple of years ago. He is a very good guy. I’ve been reading Charles Johnson for almost 8 years. He has a record of exposing fake news and its a good record. Neither pretend to not have the biases they have.

Meanwhile we have CNN the network that didn’t report on the Eason Jordan scandal until he resigned. And who can forget the famous article in the New York Times The News we kept to ourselves? If you don’t remember it read Bill Hobbs rundown on it an excerpt:

By keeping its bureau open and its mouth shut, CNN sent Saddam a powerful message: do what you want, we won’t tell anyone.

What should CNN have done? Stopped hiring locals, for one. And if that wasn’t possible, CNN should have closed its Baghdad bureau and stopped putting Iraqis at risk by being there. But mostly, CNN should have told the world what is going on. CNN Iraqi staffers were tortured while CNN stayed silent. It’s ludicrous after-the-fact corporate ass-covering to suggest the speaking out would have put its Iraqi staffers in danger. They already were in danger. Reporting that to the world might well have pressured the regime to change its ways. But we’ll never know because CNN was more interested in keeping its prestigious Baghdad bureau open than in fully reporting the horrors of the regime that hosted them there.

Given that history the choice between believing Ed and Charles (and Bob who I’m not as familiar) or CNN it is no contest. In fact what evidence do we have that CNN hasn’t changed its ways. Remember it wasn’t until 2 years after Jordan’s admission that he had to resign over false statements that Barney Frank and Chris Dodd called him on.

I’d say they are full of it.

It looks like a few days after the blogisphere. Morning Joe has discovered Sarah Palin’s Interview available all over the conservative net:

It looks very much like it will not be a friendly reaction, but once they finally finish with college football we will see.

6:10 a.m. They seem to be making some grudging agreement to start.

6:14 a.m. They play the quote concerning Caroline Kennedy. They comment correctly that she is getting some critical coverage.

7:15 a.m. So much for the grudging agreement now she is a whiner.

7:20 a.m. Norah O’Donnell gives a “yes but” over the “going after the family” business. Suggests she asked for it. Would love to see what the Reclusive Leftist would say to that kind of sentiment.

8:15 a.m. You just knew that if Palin was going to be attacked that Peggy Noonan was going to be on the show today. Its a wonder that Kathleen Parker was invited as well.

8:41 a.m. Apparently according to Susie Orman Gov Palin is not “mature enough” to not fight back. Watch for the UN to try to impose her as the new PM of Israel ASAP

8:55 a.m. Orman manages one last dig in what we learned today. I feel much better about missing her own show on a regular basis.

The saying goes you can indict an ham sandwich.

Apparently in Illinois that must not be true:

A federal judge on Monday gave prosecutors an additional three months to obtain a corruption indictment against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, saying the complexity of the case against him makes it “unreasonable” to expect the indictment sooner.

Via Don Surber, but in fairness Governor Blagojevich isn’t a ham sandwich, he is one of Illinois greatest governors.

With a job interview out of town later today and a car that will need serious deicing I won’t have much blogging time later so here are my quick Morning Joe thoughts today.

Morning Joe thinks as highly of Harry Reid’s staying power as Jane Hamsher does.

During the conversations concerning the war in Gaza and the rockets from Lebanon the word was always Iran this and Iran that, not Lebanon this, not Gaza this, not Hamas this, not Hizbullah, but Iran. It is a given that this is totally an Iranian play.

The cover of Time Magazine saying Israel can’t win is very funny. They didn’t call Time on it at all, but Israel in in a bad spot.

The consensus is that the Bush / Obama transition is a class act. Other than Mika Brzezinski the club seems to think that none of the ex presidents want to stand next to Jimmy Carter.

They will have to have a daily segment called “What must Martha Stewart think?” since they bring that up every time someone who deserves jail more than she did comes up.

The Firedog lake link brings up a point that will make things interesting.

With a large majority in the house, the presidency in hand and nearly 60 votes in the senate it will be very hard for the democratic party to not have responsibility for all that happens.

Even more importantly the angry left blogs will have a hard time blaming the GOP for failures, mistakes and agendas either enacted or ignored.

It will be fun to have them try to twist this without the usual venom.

Hotair’s quote of the day for Jan 6th illustrates this:

“There’s a left-wing tradition of being systematically opposed to the U.S. government, knee-jerk reactionary – most of our presidents have made it fairly easy to do,” said Jo Freeman, author of “At Berkeley in the Sixties,” a memoir of her student activism. “Those who view everything the U.S. does as automatically suspect already have a problem doing that with Obama.”…

I think they won’t be able to help themselves.

Jane Hamsher writes a line that I wish I did:

I want to play poker with Harry Reid. Really I do.

There is a touch concerning evil republicans but she knows the difference between a political pro and amateur night:

Blago laughs out loud. This is amateur night in Dixieland. He leaks to the press that he spoke with Reid before the election, and that Reid didn’t think any of the African American candidates vying for the seat were “electable,” while Tammy Duckworth was. He stirs up the potential jury pool and makes Reid look like an idiot — the day before Reid is set to appear on Meet the Press.

Reid looks like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs on Meet the Press. Nobody knows how much Fitz has (not even Fitz, who is still trying to transcribe his tapes) or how much he’ll need to reveal to prove his case, so Reid says he “doesn’t remember” his conversation with Blago, but calls Blago a liar anyway. When asked if he supported Jesse Jackson Jr. for the Senate seat, he says he would support JJJ. And admits that there’s “room to negotiate” on Burris

Blago is of the Bill Clinton audacity school of politics, he also understands that political power is a muscle, when you use power you gain more.

She is also right that Reid’s history should not inspire confidence in the Democratic Caucus he is no LBJ.

Don’t forget that despite the lack of reporting on the subject the democratic congress has a lower approval rating than President Bush and has for quite a while.

Via glenn and company.