It's All Lost In The Translation For Some Right Wing Blogs
There are a few problems translating Arabic and Middle Eastern names to English because of the mechanics of this language with a far different alphabet that English. You'll find Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sometimes spelled Nuri by some news sources. Libyian leader Muammar al-Gaddafi often has his name spelled Qadhdhafi or Khadaffi due to translation difficulties his name into English.
A few weeks ago, a few right wing blogs such as Michelle Malkin and Flopping Aces really stuck their necks out in an absurd premise that claimed that AP made up news that six Sunni worshippers were burnt to death in a Mosque attack by a Shiite mob, quoting one U.S. CENTCOM Navy officer and the Shiite militia group dominated Iraq Government Interior Ministry that claimed that one AP source for the story, an Iraqi police captain called "Jamil Hussein" does not exist. Now comes word, that the name was badly translated into English, where Captain Jamail Hussein is the better translation of the name.
AP has long used Iraqi police captain Jamail Hussein as a source and reporters have visited his office at an Iraqi police station over the last two years. Recently Michelle Malkin was even invited to visit Iraq to be taken on a tour of Captain Jamail Hussein's police station, to prove that AP considers him a credible source of information according to at least source. As far as I know neither Michelle Malkin or Flopping Aces have run a retraction that they were wrong for smearing the reputation of AP over their absurd premise based solely over the mistaken translation of an Arabic name.
The fact is some right wing blogs made up a absurd smear of the credibility of the news media, which endanger their lives to bring the world public the news from many dangerous areas, and these right wing blogs speak with far less credibility. And when someone like Michelle Malkin is offered the opportunity to see first hand just how wrong her Iraq reporting is, by actually visting Iraq, then she fails to take up the offer or run a retraction for her absurd false claims against AP.
Whether it's someone like smear journalism queen, Ann Coulter, who has outrageously infered more than once that some public officials deserve violence, or those like Michelle Malkin and Flopping Aces that botch up the facts in wholly inept attempts to construct silly conspracy theories, many right blogs simply become an exchange for ignorance and wrong facts and absurd theories. Some on the right may think that ignorance is a political ideology. It's not. It's still just ignorance.