CentCom, the stateside military headquarters for the war in Iraq, has been reading blogs for accuracy. They have a small team dedicated to scanning the web and reading posts related to the war on terror. I’ve done a few of those here and there.
In instances where a blogger may post inaccuracies, CentCom will reportedly contact them and ask them to provide a link to CentCom’s site, where readers can get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth on said story.
Yet, I imagine their site might at one time have posted the now-discredited story of the "heroic" death of Pat Tillman. So, how can skeptics out there be sure the site is giving the real story? It’s not as if misinformation has never been intentionally used before in military conflicts cough Gulf of Tonkin cough USS Maine cough Iraqi WMDs.
Regardless, I’ve saved anyone the time of suggesting it to me and have posted a link to CentCom’s site. Happy to do it. Go check it out for yourself.
I am tempted to deliberately post some misinformation here just to see if they’re reading me (e.g. Iraq really did have WMDs... what a larf!). It’d be an honor to know that some of our people in uniform are BogsBlog sloggaz! But I shan't.
To clarify, I never purposely publish misinformation. Well, misinformation that isn’t in the form of satire. But the rest, while it may disagree with the official version on some issues, is my own carefully reasoned opinion.
Let's try to keep that in mind before you decide to come a-callin' at my door with rifles, eh, military blog observers?