Mainstream Media Disgrace of the Month: Hadji Girl
We’ve been watching this develop, as earlier today the Council on American Islamic Relations sent out one of their infamous email alerts about an amateur music video of a song about a Marine lured into an ambush by a “Hadji girl.” At this point there’s no verification that the singer is a Marine, although it looks authentic.
And now, right on cue, mainstream media is parroting the completely bogus claims of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
The Associated Press version: Video on Marine killing Iraqis draws ire.
The BBC version: ‘Kill Iraqis marine song’ probe.
Both of these accounts repeat CAIR’s blatant falsehood, that the song in the video tells a story about a Marine killing Iraqi civilians.
It does not.
The BBC’s version:
The lyrics caught on video refer to the shooting of Iraqi civilians, especially children.
True, but incomplete. And the part they leave out is damning: the lyrics refer to killings of children by Iraqi insurgents. Not by Marines. Both the BBC and the AP seem to have missed this minor detail. Imagine that.
The BBC goes on:
The four-minute song includes graphic descriptions of killings, real or imagined.
The horror! We would never want anyone — let alone soldiers on a battlefield — to hear such things.
Except of course in every movie made for the last ten years.
Dressed in a green T-shirt and military style trousers and boots, a man sings: “I grabbed her little sister and put her in front of me.”
“As the bullets began to fly, the blood sprayed from between her eyes, and then I laughed maniacally.”
This description appears in both the BBC and the AP, and again, to paint their distorted, ugly picture, they leave out the most important part: the people who kill the “little sister” in this darkly humorous song are — not the Marines — but her father and brother, as they attempt to perpetrate an ambush.
The mainstream media have really gone too far this time in their smarmy rush to smear US troops, because their vile claims, based on information fed to them by an Islamist front group, can be checked. Here’s the video in question, for the record, so these lies don’t stand unrefuted:
(This is a slightly better version than the one posted at YouTube now, which has a wobbly, out of sync soundtrack.)
UPDATE at 6/13/06 6:25:13 pm:
UPDATE at 6/14/06 10:50:43 am: