Sunday, July 20, 2014

There they go again

So, after the US$400 million bank robbery that never happened, the bogus tweet to Lionel Messi, and the imaginary US$3000 Rolex watch on the Caliph, ISIS is still able to get endless publicity without having to spend a dinar. Now the headlines scream --

ISIS burns 1,800-year-old church in Mosul

Maybe they did. But you'd think in light of the earlier clowning on alleged ISIS stories, someone might do a little desk research before running with this one. Begin with that claim of an 1800 year old church. Amazingly, it has stood untouched since AD 214! And the evidence for this burning: a photograph which shows a lot of smoke emerging from a cluster of buildings that look a lot more recent than AD 214. At least take a look at Wikipedia's list of Christian sites in Mosul and say which site you're talking about!

But no, some actual research might impede your link "going viral."