The Urban Dictionary defines “fisking” as:
The word is derived from articles written by Robert Fisk that were easily refuted, and refers to a point-by-point debunking of lies and/or idiocies.
Robert Fisk is a notoriously biased and sloppy “journalist”. According to Wikipedia, the term “Fisking” was coined by bloggers in December 2001, following a three-paragraph response by Andrew Sullivan to an article Fisk wrote for The Independent on Sunday earlier that month. In the piece, Fisk recounted a beating which he received at the hands of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and said that, given their experiences, which included having recently lost relatives in a B52 bombing and having seen television footage of the massacre of prisoners at Mazar-i-Sharif, he could understand why they would have treated him or any other westerner that way and that, in their position, he would have behaved similarly. Sullivan quoted and responded to passages from the Fisk piece, but not in a complete, line-by-line format. He described Fisk’s excusal of his attackers as a form of left-wing racism. The term fisking was first applied soon after on Instapundit and Sullivan’s blog.
Well, Fisk still writes for The Independent and is just as biased and clueless as he was in 2001. Writing about the tragic massacre in Afghanistan he states:
I’m getting a bit tired of the “deranged” soldier story. It was predictable, of course. The 38-year-old staff sergeant who massacred 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, near Kandahar this week had no sooner returned to base than the defence experts and the think-tank boys and girls announced that he was “deranged”. Not an evil, wicked, mindless terrorist – which he would be, of course, if he had been an Afghan, especially a Taliban – but merely a guy who went crazy.
This was the same nonsense used to describe the murderous US soldiers who ran amok in the Iraqi town of Haditha. It was the same word used about Israeli soldier Baruch Goldstein who massacred 25 Palestinians in Hebron – something I pointed out in this paper only hours before the staff sergeant became suddenly “deranged” in Kandahar province.
Seven of the eight Marines charged in the alleged “massacre” of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha in 2005 have been acquitted or had their charges dismissed. The eighth? Convicted of dereliction of duty and discharged.
Israeli soldier Baruch Goldstein who massacred 25 Palestinians in Hebron?
Goldstein did murder Palestinians in the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre but he was not a member of Israeli military. He was actually part of the Jewish Defense League, a group identified by the FBI as a terrorist organization.
Fisk continues to ply his trade in conveniently excusing groups that he aligns with, not saying a word about the American soldiers assassinated by the Taliban after the accidental Koran burnings in Afghanistan or the terror attacks against Afghan civilians. I guess he can understand why they would be mad at us…
Yet another member of the Society for Progressive Alchemy, I guess…
Maggie joins in the fisking fun…