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1. Anatomy of the Hoax, a piece I wrote for the new site ‘The Federalist’. It focuses heavily on an article from Stephanie Mencimer written for Washington Monthly about the false rape claim made by Jamie Leigh Jones. Jones made the media rounds for several years trying to sell her story that she was gang-raped in Iraq while working as a contractor for the infamous Kellogg, Brown, and Root. I remember watching a documentary which featured her story. But it was made up. Mencimer’s piece is interesting because, as a Mother Jones writer, she came from the side that usually won’t admit when it is snookered by these types of stories. Compare Mencimer to Amanda Marcotte for instance. More enlightening than Mencimer’s documentation of Jones’s lies is emphasis on how the mainstream media was much like a turtle shrinking back into its shell when the Jones story became inconvenient for them. Mencimer mentions ABC News’s Brian Ross – the guy who first blamed the Tea Party for the Aurora theater shooting.
Brian Ross, who scored the first on-air interview with Jones back in 2007, and whose exposé prompted Congress to act, referred my requests for an interview to a flack for ABC News, who called to ask what I was writing about and then never answered a single question. Rachel Maddow, who essentially used Jones’s story to accuse thirty Republican senators of being rape apologists, never responded to repeated requests for comment. Only the Houston Chronicle, which failed to cover more than a day or two of the sensational trial in its own backyard, went back a few months later to revisit the verdict with a serious story.
Without extensive media scrutiny of what came out during the trial, Jones’s version of her story has retained significant staying power.
Check out the piece at ‘The Federalist’ and ‘like’ and ‘tweet’ it if you care to. And read Mencimer’s piece as well.
2. Obama’s boredom.
3. Photographs a woman took of her street harassers. One sentence: “Price moved to Philadelphia in 2009 from Colorado and noticed for the first time that she was getting catcalled.”