May 25, 2004

Banning camera phones among U.S. troops in Iraq.

This magpie was one of the bloggers who cited a report that US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld had ordered a ban on camera phones and other video devices among the troops in Iraq. According to this article in The Register, however, the story isn't true — it originated in this piece from The Daily Farce, a satirical publication.

When this magpie first saw the story, we were somewhat dubious given that we couldn't located the alleged source, a UK publication called The Business. In fact, the name of the supposed source didn't sound right to us. But after we saw the story appear in several places (the like this story in the Sydney Morning Herald, for example) with an attribution to the Agence France Presse wire, we decided it had legs and wrote about it here.

We should have been more careful. The best thing would have been to not point to the report at all. But given our decision to post about Rumsfeld's alleged camera phone decision, we should at least have clued y'all in on the doubts we had about the source.

This magpie apologizes. We'll do better next time.

Posted by Magpie at May 25, 2004 09:42 PM | Apologies/Corrections | Technorati links |