Friday, May 19, 2006

We don't want no stinkin' badges!

Much of the blogosphere is all atwitter about Iran forcing Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians to wear badges to show they are non-muslim.

See Willisms, NewsBusters, Infidel Bloggers Alliance, Stop the ACLU, and IsraPundit among others.

The hysteria over a single news source is, I believe, indicative of an overreaction in many quarters.

Just because the "news" is believable is no reason to assume its inherent truthfulness. Truthiness should not replace truthfulness.

Bloggers may not be journalists (heck, even most "journalists" aren't journalists), but there should be some modicum of fact-checking involved. I believe this is especially important with something as inflamatory as this issue.

Interestingly, IsraPundit is using another single source to question the validity of the original story.

Both the original story and the questioning response are Canadian. Perhaps we should either investigate or sit back before blogging as if either report were valid.

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