In defence of the Gateway Pundit:
A few days ago Jim Hoft posted that the arresting officer’s eye socket was fractured in the disputed struggle with “Big Mike” before the Ferguson shooting. On account of his blog posting, it has been repeated by Sean Hannity, Bill O’reilly as well as by countless conservative bloggers. This one included.
(The Gateway Pundit) The Gateway Pundit can now confirm from two local St. Louis sources that police Officer Darren Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with deceased 18 year-old Michael Brown. Officer Wilson clearly feared for his life during the incident that led to the shooting death of Brown. This was after Michael Brown and his accomplice Dorian Johnson robbed a local Ferguson convenience store.
Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.
Since then much has been made over the x-ray he used to illustrate what an orbital fracture looks like. It seems that the image Hoft posted has the University of Iowa marked out. And that the source he used “(file image)” was ambiguous.
The accusation is that he deliberately did it himself to mislead people into believing that is was an x-ray of Wilson himself. Despite the fact that Jim never once claimed that this was Wilson’s C-Scan.
Redstate [snip] Obviously, Hoft lifted this image directly, scrubbed the words “UNIV OF IOWA ETC-CT” from the bottom and inserted it into his post. To be fair, Hoft never explicitly says that the CT Scan in his post was that of the officer; however, he clearly invites the reader to draw that impression. Further, there is no convincing reason to scrub the reference to the University of Iowa other than to hide the fact that this is very obviously not a CT Scan of Officer Wilson. Playing it straight is clearly not on the agenda here. UPDATE: As you can note, the image on GatewayPundit says (file image) in text below it. Your Mileage May Vary as to whether this is a sufficient disclaimer within the context of this post that the image was not in fact a CT Scan of Darren Wilson, or whether it explains why the “Univ of Iowa” label was scrubbed from the version that appeared on Hoft’s site.
I didn’t like the accusatory tone they took against Jim here, because, it is not “obvious.”
In fact it is a rush to judgement ever bit as knee jerk as what they are trying to pin on Hoft. Did they not stop to consider that maybe the pic he used as an illustration already had Iowa scratched out when he downloaded it?
Don’t try telling me that the photo can be sourced. The photo above has been on im41 for three or four days now; try to find it on Tiny-Eye or Google source search. It is not there — undoubtedly along with hundreds just like it. Those image source services only pick up a small slice of what is actually floating around on the internet.
I agree that using (file image) was confusing. I thought is was an actual C-Scan of Wilson myself. But with this too it takes a large leap of no faith to come to the conclusion that it was done with deceit in mind. I am sure that if you go back on any blog that you will find photos that the blogger overlooked sourcing – including RedState.
Update: See if you can find one accredited photo on Leon H. Wolf’s entire feed. I know I do a poor job of it here as well, but that is besides the point. I am not the one hammering Hoft for it.
You can’t throw the baby out with the bath water. You have to look at the integrity, or lack there of, that the blogger has established over a period of time. Most conservatives, including me, think Jim Hoft is as honest as they come.
Now CNN’s Don Lemon is claiming that “unequivocally” officer Darren Wilson had a swollen face but did not have a fractured eye socket.
This may be true – or not. But either way it comes down to the integrity of the sources. Not the person quoting them.
I guess we will see…