Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Grace and Sour Grapes

Now we know. Contrary to reports published in Sydney's Daily Telegraph and other newspapers, the flag that was (briefly) wrapped around the face of Saddam Hussein's statue came from the US Senate gift shop. In response KnobBlog makes this graceful admission:

I WAS WRONG. The flag that was draped over the statue of Saddam did not come from the Pentagon. Media Watch last night presented two impressive sources who contradict widespread international reports - and my own repeated and, as it turns out, incorrect claims - that the flag was sourced from the Pentagon on September 11.

But what Media Watch won't admit is that they didn't know they were right when they aired their initial report. It took Media Watch three weeks of research - prompted by this site and various comments at the Media Watch website - to prove their case. Their situation is analogous to someone who assumes OJ Simpson is guilty because of his race, and who is subsequently proved correct by DNA evidence.

On the other hand, Tim was wrong when he criticised the original report, he's been wrong for the past three weeks and now he's man enough to admit that he was wrong all the time - he just didn't know it yet. Sounds logical enough to me.

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