Saturday, January 17, 2009
Fishy?... Gaza "journalist" inserts himself into McClatchy story
This story doesn't pass the smell test.
McClatchy's Dion Nissenbaum authored a piece about Ahmed Abu Hamda, a 38-year old journalist in Gaza whose home was destroyed by Israel. Supposedly. Everything about this story seems hokey to me. According to the McClatchy piece, this journalist is devout, newly married, a doting husband, and works by candlelight at night. Remarkable man, a humble man. He says Muslim prayers 30 to 40 times a day. He even helped design his own Gaza apartment. Tragically, his apartment gets destroyed by an Israeli missile. The room most damaged? You guessed it -- the bedroom he is preparing for his yet-to-be-born child.
All of the info in Nissenbaum's sad story comes from the Palestinian "journalist" himself. Seems awfully convenient.
Click here to read the story.
I'm guessing "journalist" Ahmed Abu Hamda is a publicity hound and a propagandist who seeks out gullible western media to tell his tales of Israeli crimes.
This should have been a major red flag to Dion Nissenbaum and his editors.
What do you think? Have you heard of Ahmed Abu Hamda before? If you have info, leave in comments or email me.