Unimpeachable Sources, Rigorous Standards
It would be pointless to spend a lot of time dissecting the agenda-driven media hysteria surrounding events in the Middle East, so I won't. But on my way to breakfast today, I saw The New York Sun's screaming above-the-fold headline, "Hundreds of Iranian Troops Fighting in Lebanon." The details (my bolds):
Hundreds of Iranian Revolutionary Guard personnel are on the ground in Lebanon fighting Israel, security sources say.So for the paper's leading story today---and an obviously important one, if true---we have three anonymous sources. The "Arab diplomatic source" sounds like an unimpeachable heavy, eh? Perhaps from the UAE, Qatar, or Bahrain? Or maybe Iraq? From "another foreign source"---the Israelis?--we get further confirmation. And with a tip from "security sources"---a NYC beat cop? Bernie Kerik?--clearly it's an open-and-shut case. On to Tehran!
"I have no doubt whatsoever that they are there and operating some of the equipment," an Arab diplomatic source told The New York Sun yesterday.
Another foreign source, based in Washington, said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps contingent in Lebanon is based in Beirut and in the Bekaa Valley. He said the troops usually number a few dozen, but that the size of the force increased in connection with the hostilities that have broken out between Israel and Iran's proxy, Hezbollah, over the past week.