The Inter Press Service news agency (IPS) is reporting on a new disease that is so bad, it’s named after a security contractor:
What Iraqis now call Blackwater fever is really a well-known medical condition, and while it has nothing to do with Blackwater Worldwide, Iraqis in al-Anbar province have decided to make the connection between the disease and the lethal U.S.-based company which has been responsible for the death of countless Iraqis.
ASIDE: I had never heard of IPS before, so I looked them up. From their website:
IPS is a communication institution with a global news agency at its core. IPS raises the voices of the South and civil society. IPS brings a fresh perspective on development and globalisation.
So, basically, this is an obscure advocacy organization that puts out dubious news stories. Probably we shouldn’t make too much of this in the media failure department. On the other hand, the leftists that bought into this are probably owed a bit of friendly teasing.
UPDATE: This blog is five days old. I went to the pageview stats this morning, expecting to see a typical number (like 4), and found I’d been Instalanched. (To a close approximation, every person reading this knows this already.) So here’s my advice to other new bloggers: forget insightful commentary; it’s snarky one-liners that get you noticed!
Anyway, during my fleeting moment of fame, I’d like to draw attention to my ad that John McCain should run on Iraq, in the hopes that someone will see it who can make it happen.