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Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Klein Fails to Admit Earlier False Claim on Fox Kidnapping
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Remember when WorldNetDaily's Aaron Klein reported that the kidnappers of Fox News employees Steve Centanni and Olaf Wiig were "independent Palestinian gunmen" affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades? Never mind!

Klein hews closer to actual facts in an Aug. 22 article, reporting that "an unknown Palestinian terror organization" called the Holy Jihad Battalion has taken responsibility for kidnapping Centanni and Wiig. Klein fails to reference his earlier, erroneous claim, which he attributed to "leaders of the Al Aqsa Martys Brigades terror group." Well, shoot, if you can't trust a terrorist to tell you the truth, who can you trust?

Nevertheless, Klein continues to trust terrorists in his new article, authoritatively citing "the leader of a terror group that claims it represents the interests of al-Qaida" as making claims about why Centanni and Wiig were kidnapped, though Klein does not directly link this group to the kidnapping.

Klein further claims that "Analysts are speculating the group is a front for al-Qaida," though he quotes no analysts actually doing so. As we've noted, Klein relies heavily on anonymous and unsubstantiated claims, usually in the service of attacking Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.

(UPDATE: Speaking of which, here's today's anti-Olmert article from Klein.)

Posted by Terry K. at 3:22 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 3:36 PM EDT

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