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February 22, 2013

Disinformation About Hizbullah Reveals Gullible Reporters

It seems that The New Yorker and McClatchy have fallen for an information operation that has the aim to denigrate Hizbullah and to make the case that a fall of the Syrian government would induce the fall of Hizbullah.

The New Yorker piece by Dexter Filkins is headlined:
After Syria - If the Assad regime falls, can Hezbollah survive?

The McClatchy piece by David Enders:
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy

Both pieces rely in their claims on a person with pseudonym Dani or Dany which is supposed to be a "Hizbullah fighter" or "Hizbullah commander" who claims to have fought in Syria. Both pieces appeared only a day apart. Both make the same claim, based on Dani/Dany, about Hizbullah fighting in Syria and its alleged dependency on Assad's survival.

The Angry Arab has been mocking that source:

Ha ha. Meet "Dani", the Hizbullah fighter Let me tell you this. Any man in Hizbullah who uses the pseudonym "dani" is certainly not in Hizbullah.

Nick Noe deconstructs the pieces:

I mean come on, NO ONE in Hizbullah, both reporters say, will talk to them, and they BOTH find a miracle dany (a christian cover name in any case mind you!) and BELIEVE HIM, DONT EVEN RAISE THE difficulty of verifying his identity with readers…. And then this Dany, FOR BOTH, says “the truth” to these American reporters…and it is slightly rich in “admissions” of guilt and snippets of off-putting extremity which make dany’s party look BAD.
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MOST EMBARRASSING is for the New Yorker – how in the world do they allow a piece where the ENTIRE narrative of hizbullah from hizbullah is carried by a fake name dany, who claims a series of obvious errors (see below), and provides several anchors for his identity that are frankly laughable (theme park access, a dude in the south with a hizbullah flag in his drawer, living near the Hizbullah “area” where a lot of anti hizbullah people also live and have easy access and having a village on the border with Israel where many christian and sunnis also live and some of which – including shiite families – collaborated during the 22 years of Israeli occupation of the area)?
It is simply not believable that any Hizbullah fighter would run around and talk openly to various U.S. reporters about Hizbullah's actions and aims. The organization, secretive for very sensible reasons, simply does not allow such to happen.

It is sad that McClatchy's Enders, who is usually one of the better Middle East reporters, would fall for this dude. Why the New Yorker ever hired Dexter Filkins (and seemingly fired its fact-checkers) is something I never understood. The obvious question now is who send Dani/Dany to those gullible reporters. The fascist Lebanese Force? The Israelis? The CIA?

Posted by b on February 22, 2013 at 09:30 AM | Permalink

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Dany? Again
Would the liars in charge use the same Dany that was featured in all that anti-Syria propaganda?
Including the damage control with that idiot from CNN
White haired man...
dam, can't think of his name!
Anyone?

Posted by: Penny | Feb 22, 2013 9:40:09 AM | 1

"Syria Danny" and his many interviews

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w20bX2k8qYg

The CNN guy, that no one could take seriously was Anderson Cooper

Posted by: Penny | Feb 22, 2013 9:46:37 AM | 2

Mmmmmmmm-Front guy for the empire? Thanks for the link Penny.

Posted by: ben | Feb 22, 2013 11:01:59 AM | 3

U.S. won't condemn THEIR terrorists.http://rt.com/news/syria-terrorism-un-row-264/


Posted by: ben | Feb 22, 2013 11:20:29 AM | 4

Try this:

http://rt.com/news/syria-terrorism-un-row-264/

Posted by: ben | Feb 22, 2013 11:23:28 AM | 5

Empire anyone?

http://www.amazon.com/Full-Spectrum-Dominance-Totalitarian-Democracy/dp/0979560861

Posted by: ben | Feb 22, 2013 11:34:15 AM | 6

Dan is a Jewish name by the way. It's the name of one of the 12 tribes I think as well. So if this isn't a Mossad operative spreading disinformation, I don't know what it is?

Posted by: Fernando | Feb 22, 2013 11:51:39 AM | 7

"Dani" is Hezbollah like the "Muslims" in Hollywood films are Muslim/Arab actors. Dani is an Israeli Jew.

It is synchronised frauds like this that show why allowing zionists to control one's media is like hiring a kleptomaniac as a jewelry store security guard. The whole of western media under control of this zionist oligarchy should be considered a criminal network aligned with a very hostile and criminal power.

Posted by: вот так | Feb 22, 2013 12:23:57 PM | 8

" Why the New Yorker ever hired Dexter Filkins (and seemingly fired its fact-checkers) is something I never understood."

They needed a contact Dani trusted?

Posted by: john francis lee | Feb 22, 2013 1:13:44 PM | 9

I hereby apply for the job of an expert informer.

My expertise is wide and deep and I can provide insider information in anything "muslim".

Of course, I have proof and references. I'm wearing, for instance, underwear (just like those Hizbullah guys!) and I sometimes go to the bathroom (just like those Hizbullah guys!). Actually I even sometimes drink tea (just like those Hizbullah guys!).

But that is not all. For a certain fee I can any muslim document to say whatever you please. I can also arrange for opportunities for western TV crews to tape bombings and wild shooting. For some extra money you can even decide what the militants will shout.

In case, just in case, you feel this offer to be somewhat fishy you're quite certainly an anti-Semite!

Posted by: Mr. Pragma | Feb 22, 2013 2:06:20 PM | 10

Ben @ 3

Your welcome
Looking for a visual on Lebanon Dani
And if he looks like Syria Dani, Dany, Danny????
Over the top psyop!

Bot talk @ 8

"Dani is an Israeli Jew."

That was the consensus with Syria Danny

Posted by: Penny | Feb 22, 2013 3:49:21 PM | 11

doesnt this recall the other Danny? http://www.infowars.com/syria-danny-caught-staging-cnn-war-propaganda-stunt/
what is it about the name that they like?

Posted by: brian | Feb 22, 2013 6:08:24 PM | 12

@12: "what is it about the name that they like?"

Well, they would much prefer to use the name Alan Smithee, but that's already taken....

Posted by: Johnboy | Feb 22, 2013 7:52:50 PM | 13

I believe Son of Sam has been taken, as well...

Posted by: вот так | Feb 22, 2013 8:13:35 PM | 14

'I' slept with lions...

or did 'I' walk with dinosaurs?

Gotta stop drinking Kool-Aid... Gotta...

Why's that dog barking all night long, Ted?

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 22, 2013 8:41:24 PM | 15

Talking about dis-info, who cooked these books: 99% of Americans consider Iranian nukes a threat. That's beyond ridiculous. Who needs enemies with friends like this?

Posted by: Daniel Rich | Feb 22, 2013 9:10:14 PM | 16

The fake syrian army is planning on setting up a prime minister in the "liberated" areas of the country.

Posted by: Fernando | Feb 23, 2013 4:05:33 AM | 17

The FSA seems to be determined to drag Hezbollah and Lebanese Sunnis into the choas. A statement posted on the Free Syrian Army's Facebook page reads:

"We [FSA] are announcing and warning that if Hezbollah will not stop shelling the Syrian lands, villages and civilians from inside the Lebanese territories within 48 hours of issuance of this statement, we will respond to the sources of fire by our hands and eliminate it from inside the Lebanese lands. Wishing from our people in Hermel [a city in Lebanon near the Syrian border] to stay away from Hezbollah's rocket launchers and its military centers."

Source: CNN

From what I make of various reports, the problems started when FSA rebels attempted to enter a string of Shia villages just barely on the Syrian side of the Syria-Lebanon border. The Shia residents asked Hezbollah for assistance (probably in the form of training and advice to the local popular committees). Clashes around a week ago caused 11 FSA deaths and 3 Shia deaths that the FSA claimed were Hezbollah fighters.

Again I don't think Hezbollah are involved with fighters on the ground, but are likely giving high level advice and assistance to the popular committees. Problem for Hezbollah is they will not stand by and let FSA thugs assault Shia border villages with impunity while the residents are crying out for help. But if they do get involved they will be playing into the sectarian elements game.

Meanwhile Israel gloats, Israel's enemies turn on one another reads yesterdays headline on the Israel Today newspaper. Getting the FSA puppets to take on and destroy the Resistance Axis is a brilliant idea. Hopefully it will fail.

Posted by: Colm O' Toole | Feb 23, 2013 9:44:42 AM | 18

Source cnn? Unreliable. Better ask the propaganda departments of the us or israel directly.

Posted by: Mr. Pragma | Feb 23, 2013 1:14:43 PM | 19

The zionist media purveys lies, while working hard to prevent any views that do not conform to what the Israeli and American fascists approve of:

Eutelsat Israeli chief behind attack on Iran channels

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/02/24/290641/eutelsat-chief-attacking-iran-channels/

"The Franco-Israeli head of Eutelsat, Michel de Rosen, has begun a new wave of attacks against Iranian TV channels.

In a letter to Asian and European satellite companies, de Rosen has threatened the companies to drop Iranian entertainment and news channels.

In the letter obtained by Press TV, the Franco-Israeli Eutelsat chief has warned satellite companies to remove Iranian channels or prepare to face the consequences of defying his order. He stated the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) and the United States against the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) chief, Ezzatollah Zarqami, as the reason for the push to stop broadcasting Iranian channels.

De Rosen has threatened satellite companies that failing to comply with his orders will result in their assets being frozen, according to the new sanctions imposed against Iran by Washington, and their executives will no longer be allowed to travel to the US.

He has also warned satellite companies that failing to comply with his orders will also have consequences for them in the EU.

However, after examining the claims made by the Franco-Israeli Eutelsat chief and reviewing EU and US laws, Press TV found that de Rosen was attempting to manipulate satellite service providers and pressure them into dropping Iranian channels from the prominent satellites of the world.

Michael Mann, the EU foreign policy spokesman, sent an email to Press TV in which he stated that the EU sanctions have no relation to the attacks against Iranian media outlets by Eutelsat and this company has arbitrarily adopted such measures..."

Posted by: вот так | Feb 24, 2013 2:52:27 PM | 20

"We [FSA] are announcing and warning that if Hezbollah will not stop shelling the Syrian lands, villages and civilians from inside the Lebanese territories within 48 hours of issuance of this statement, we will respond to the sources of fire by our hands and eliminate it from inside the Lebanese lands. Wishing from our people in Hermel [a city in Lebanon near the Syrian border] to stay away from Hezbollah's rocket launchers and its military centers."
Source: CNN


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trust CNN to act as a dummy for FSA terrorists...who make it seem they are protecting civilians.Its this sort of big lie that is fed to the swill eating public

Posted by: brian | Feb 25, 2013 1:54:54 AM | 21

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