Monday, November 07, 2005

FNAC peddles a known liar

The French retailer FNAC, a book and music chain was heavily promoting the graphic novel of this twit who’s story, even as they printed it in their promotional magazine, hardly held water.

Beside their ignorance in referring to a Marine as un GI they ate up his whole fraudulent story and promoted his book. He avers that as a recruiting sergeant he was sent to hard duty in Iraq. He didn’t describe any actual dates or locations that could be verified, possibly because he was inventing the atrocities that he said he was involved in.

«News organizations worldwide published or broadcast Massey's claims without any corroboration and in most cases without investigation. Outside of the Marines, almost no one has seriously questioned whether Massey, a 12-year veteran who was honorably discharged, was telling the truth.

He wasn't.

Each of his claims is either demonstrably false or exaggerated - according to his fellow Marines, Massey's own admissions, and the five journalists who were embedded with Massey's unit, including a reporter and photographer from the Post-Dispatch and reporters from The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal.»
So too did FNAC. Maybe after this week they (and others who buy into taking cheap shots) might think twice about the mass promotion of material that promotes conflicts and confusion.

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