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Yesterday, online, in the Los Angeles Times:

Kansas City evacuation, bomb scare has quite the backstory
By Matt Pearce
September 14, 2012, 5:10 p.m.

....Moharam popped back up on the radar in 2011 in an interview someone with his name gave to a Daily Kos blogger in Kansas City during a pro-revolutionary protest against Egypt's authoritarian regime.

Moharam railed against Al Qaeda and Hosni Mubarak's regime and praised the U.S. at length. "We have the best land, the best freedom in the world," he told Daily Kos, in broken English. "Why we don't tell these people copy from us?"....

Wait a minute. That was my interview, crossposted from Show Me Progress.

A Daily Kos blogger? I don't think the Los Angeles Times quite understands how things work around these here parts.

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Uh, it was a post by a registered user in the community. One of a couple hundred thousand individuals. They certainly didn't bother to ask me. If they had followed the provided link they would have found my name so they could ask me, along with a photo of the interviewee which would have probably confirmed his identity to them.


Meta, Kansas City, a so-called bomb scare, and a media circus (September 14, 2012) [at Show Me Progress]

Kansas City protest for regime change in Egypt: "The world have eyes to see no justice." (February 6, 2011) [at Show Me Progress]

Kansas City protest for regime change in Egypt: "The world have eyes to see no justice." (February 6, 2011) [at Daily Kos]

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  •  so, he was trying to complain about being (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, palantir

    on a watch list, and was overheard saying something that suggested he was a bomber?!?
    Why is KC so worried about revenge of the Muslims?  Because they're trying to kick the head one off the presidential ballot?

    •  Uh, that would have been Kansas... (3+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, palantir, luckylizard

      ...about the ballot thing. It was a guy from Manhattan, Kansas. That was dropped.

      This was in Kansas City, Missouri.

      According to interviews after the fact he stated he never mentioned anything about a bomb.

      He has a very interesting life story, by the way.

    •  not overheard (1+ / 0-)
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      While he was inside, a dog smelled something in his car. It was a false positive.

      But follow the links in my comment below for the long and crazy story of this guy's life.

      All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

      by subtropolis on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:29:01 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Who is Moharam? (1+ / 0-)
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    Which links will tell us what this is about?

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:15:35 AM PDT

  •  The laziness is sad.... (2+ / 0-)
    If they had followed the provided link they would have found my name
    I had a mainstream media outlet repeat something of mine incorrectly. They never checked with me to see if they were relaying the information correctly. They could have save themselves some embarrassment, had they checked their sources, as journalists are supposed to. Instead they had to run a correction. (Not of my original reporting, but of their mischaracterization of it.)

    Supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Adlai Stevenson: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

    by Scott Wooledge on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 11:37:09 AM PDT

    •  Meta (0+ / 0-)

      The thing is, yesterday when I heard the descriptions of the individual's life story it sounded very familiar. I couldn't quite put my finger on it.

      Then we noted a traffic spike at Show Me Progress from the interview in February 2011. That's when we had the "Oh, shxx."" moment and tracked the referrals back to the 2011 Daily KOS crosspost, the LA Times and Google.

      I remember the protest and the interview well. He told a compelling story, including some of his life (not about the Kansas City Chiefs nor the Witness Protection Program). His expressions of emotion during the interview were not held back and were very real.

    •  Not sure they realize (0+ / 0-)

      that the information on who the person is behind the screenname is available for anyone who wants to look. On many sites, that is not true, hence the "anonymous blogger" references.

      Frankly I did not realize this myself for a few years of being around dKos. It's not exactly a secret, but it's not easy to find either.

      •  Following the crosspost... (0+ / 0-) to Show Me Progress would reveal my name. The practice of using my name there rather than my KOS user ID goes back to old times at MyDD.

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