Monday, November 07, 2005

Ron Harris on Jimmy Massey's War Lies

This afternoon on my KMOX show, I talked to Ron Harris (no relation), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter who has debunked Jimmy Massey's lies about war crimes by US soldiers in Iraq. I called Ron yesterday to congratulate him on his front page story, and he agreed to discuss it on the air today. Listen to the conversation here.

Ron has been on my show before, most notably when he returned from Iraq in the early months of the war, where he was embedded with the same US Marines unit Massey was part of. He's outraged at the number of other reporters and media outlets who have taken Massey's stories at face value, without bothering to verify them or talk to others who were there. Massey even got his stories into a book, has spoken on college campuses, and was part of Cindy Sheehan's anti-war bus tour -- all without anyone checking to see if he was telling the truth.

He wasn't.

In addition to Ron's large piece, he also has a sidebar asking why the press swallowed Massey's stories.