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Monday, March 07, 2005

Talking shit, Charles Johnson style

LGF Überlizard Charles F Johnson is working himself into a Dan Rather over the Guiliana Sgrena story because he just can't - won't - accept that anything a foreign journalist (and one who writes for a COMMUNIST newspaper too!) could ever be true, especially if it involves saying bad things about US troops.

Yesterday, after more than half a dozen fruitless attempts at finding some fault in Sgrena's story, Charles pounces on a shoddy translation of one of her articles on CNN (remember Charles, CNN is the enemy too!), declaring that Sgrena's account of driving "so fast through 'puddles' that they were 'almost losing control'" conflicts with the driver's claim that the car wasn't speeding, and so her whole story must be false. Gotcha!

Except, she never said anything about driving "so fast". Charles made it up. Read the relevant paragraph in her account:

The car kept on the road, going under an underpass full of puddles and almost losing control to avoid them. We all incredibly laughed. It was liberating. Losing control of the car in a street full of water in Baghdad and maybe wind up in a bad car accident after all I had been through would really be a tale I would not be able to tell. Nicola Calipari sat next to me. The driver twice called the embassy and in Italy that we were heading towards the airport that I knew was heavily patrolled by U.S. troops. They told me that we were less than a kilometer away...when...I only remember fire. At that point, a rain of fire and bullets hit us, shutting up forever the cheerful voices of a few minutes earlier.

Why is Charles resorting to such a blatant and transparent lie? Is this all his puny lizard brain can come up with these days? Fabricated quotes? Google News take note...

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