Dale Gavlak is a credible reporter

In Syria a few days ago
This story (Infowars – ‘The rebels admit responsibility for the chemical attacks) could completely derail the United States’ rush to attack Syria which has been founded on the “undeniable” justification that Assad was behind the chemical weapons attack. Dale Gavlak’s credibility is very impressive. She has been a Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press for two decades and has also worked for National Public Radio (NPR) and written articles for BBC News.
The website on which the story originally appeared – Mint Press (which is currently down as a result of huge traffic it is attracting to the article) is a legitimate media organization based in Minnesota. The Minnesota Post did a profile on them last year.
Saudi Arabia’s alleged role in providing rebels, whom they have vehemently backed at every turn, with chemical weapons, is no surprise given the revelations earlier this week that the Saudis threatened Russia with terror attacks at next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi unless they abandoned support for the Syrian President.
“I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics next year. The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us,” Prince Bandar allegedly told Vladimir Putin, the Telegraph reports.
The Obama administration is set to present its intelligence findings today in an effort prove that Assad’s forces were behind last week’s attack, despite American officials admitting to the New York Times that there is no “smoking gun” that directly links President Assad to the attack.
US intelligence officials also told the Associated Press that the intelligence proving Assad’s culpability is “no slam dunk.”
As we reported earlier this week, intercepted intelligence revealed that the Syrian Defense Ministry was making “panicked” phone calls to Syria’s chemical weapons department demanding answers in the hours after the attack, suggesting that it was not ordered by Assad’s forces.
UPDATE: Associated Press contacted us to confirm that Dave Gavlak is an AP correspondent, but that her story was not published under the banner of the Associated Press. We didn’t claim this was the case, we merely pointed to Gavlak’s credentials to stress that she is a credible source, being not only an AP correspondent, but also having written for PBS, BBC and Salon.com.


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6 Responses to “Dale Gavlak is a credible reporter”

  1. Neo says:

    Hi Tap

    Have you seen this?

    US Black Budget via Snowden?

    Not sure if it’s the real deal but the Washington Post has published it

  2. xmfclick says:

    First, Dale Gavlak is female, as you would have noticed if you had read the original article or listened to the YouTube video.

    Second, Mint Press has added a paragraph at the top of the article by way of clarification, to the effect that “Dale Gavlak assisted in the research and writing process of this article, but was not on the ground in Syria”. This rather weakens the credibility of the piece, as does some of the language used in it, e.g. “Many believe that certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief …” (my emphasis), and words such as “alleging” and “allegedly”. However, you still have to ask why Assad would use chemical weapons, given that he’s not stupid and would know what sort of reaction it would provoke. Unless he’s playing some kind of very dangerous double-bluff.

  3. Anonymous says:


    Sorry, I don’t get the reference to Dale’s gender. What has that to do with this story?

  4. xmfclick says:

    @Anonymous :: When I posted my comment, The Tap was referring to Gavlak as “he” (since edited to “she”). This indicates that he hadn’t read the original article on Mint News (copied to Mint’s Facebook page when the site went down), where it is clearly stated in the first paragraph, but had simply repeated the narrative from the video on the Infowars website. Simply repeating stuff from another website is sloppy, particularly if that site is Infowars. If The Tap can get the gender of the reporter wrong, you have to ask yourself what else has he got wrong?

  5. Tapestry says:

    Nearly correct. The piece is copy and pasted btw. Dale was referred to by the impersonal pronoun twice in the article, once as a ‘he’ and once as a ‘she’. Once the mistake was pointed out, I corrected the wrong one. The name Dale Gavlak is new to most people. I’ saw her called ‘Dave’ in another submitted post yesterday. I don’t see how errors made by spellchecker or miskeys undermine the content of a piece of writing. Bloggers make mistakes every day as do all media. The content of the article stands.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Tapestry: You don’t see how errors made by a spellchecker or miskeys undermine the content of a piece of writing?????? Yes bloggers make mistakes so perhaps we shouldn’t take them seriously. I have not been able to find corroborative evidence for this article. Thanks to your ‘spellchecker’ this is now an imperative. Does anyone have corroborative evidence? This from UN Carla del Ponte http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2320223/UN-accuses-Syrian-rebels-carrying-sarin-gas-attacks-blamed-Assads-troops.html

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