Haditha slant in the press
There's not much actual information out in the press about what
really happened in Haditha, but most of what has come out is
highly slanted against the marines. The only data point I've seen
is an interview with the lance corporal who survived the initial
IED explosion. Here's a summary of the interview here: (RHCP)
Again, here's a summary of the salient facts that Crossan related:The first slant that has already been pointed out in several places (hotair),
1) The Marines knew there was going to be an attack on the command outpost, which would explain the high degree of suspicion about the Iraqi's in a taxi that first refused to stop, then ran away from them.
2) There was an IED attack on his humvee, and a squad was sent in
3) Insurgents began firing on the Marines almost immediately.
4) He's not claiming to have witnessed anything.
is in the times online from london, where they grabbed one quote from
Corporal Crossan, “were blinded by hate” and lost control before the massacre.
They've taken a one sentence quote and created an article around it, when that
wasn't the sense of the interview at all.
Much worse to me, is the accomanying photo with the times story. It shows
bound and blindfolded people shot dead against a wall with the caption:
"Insurgents in Haditha executed
19 Shiite fishermen and National
Guardsmen in a sports stadium"