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December 16, 2005

Zarqawi Caught And Released: It's Old

So, on one of the most historic days of the Iraq War/Reconstruction, the MSM decides to suddenly start running the story that Zarqawi was detained by Iraqi troops, and then released because they didn't recognize him, a year or so ago.

Ummmm... anyone experiencing deja vu? I know I am, because I remember posting this story closer to the time it actually happened.

Iraqi officials echo Dave From Garfield Ridge and confirm this story is in fact old, and not only is it old, there's not even any new information to justify running it again:

An Iraqi deputy interior minister said on Friday a report that Iraq's most wanted man, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been briefly detained and then released was many months old and there was no new information.

"More than a year ago the Iraqi police in Falluja captured Zarqawi but released him after three or four hours because they did not recognize him," Hussein Kamal told Reuters.

"We captured a Saudi terrorist ... and he told us this information," he said. "I said that before."

Reuters attempts to spin its reasons for running the old story again:

Kamal originally told reporters the story in January but its repetition in a television interview prompted new questions.

Guys? A lot of old information is repeated in interviews, constantly. People constantly state things they've said before.

There is no reason for this story to suddenly be mentioned on every radio news report again. (That's where I heard it again, last night.)

Except that the MSM desperately needs some bad news to go along with the good news. And if the best bad news they have dates from last January, oh well, that's close enough. They'll just run it with the urgency of a new, breaking story, claiming that the mere repetition of old information in an interview "raises new questions."

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