Apparently itâ€™s OK for Bolt to rely on an unattributed blog called Zombietime to back his sensational claim â€“ the same source, it seems, upon which the Honourable Alexander Downer based his concern about â€œevidence of dishonesty in the reporting out of Lebanonâ€ during his speech to the National Newspaper Publishersâ€™ Conference on the Gold Coast on Monday.
The website… claims to prove that the 23 July attack, in which two ambulances were fired upon and six people injured, never happened, using photographs of an interior of one ambulance that apparently show there was not enough damage.
Here’s how I’ve replied to Crikey, which I daresay will be published tomorrow:
Stilgherrian writes: Sophie Vorrath is way keen to attack Andrew Bolt — hey the gods know there’s plenty of reasons you’d want to. But Vorrath misrepresents Zombietime as “claiming to prove” the Israel-shoots-ambulance tale a fake “using photographs of an interior of one ambulance”. Zombietime actually presents a detailed forensic argument over 9000 words — starting with the supposed “missile hole” sitting right where other ambulances have a ventilator. Zombietime’s story certainly fits the facts better than any claim of “missile attack”. Why have a go at Bolt (or Alexander Downer) just because we don’t know who the messenger is?