Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek lied, people died, Part II

Newsweek "reported" last week that a US interrogator had flushed a Koran down a detainee's toilet in an apparent attempt to rattle the little head-chopper. The story wasn't true. As a result of the quality reporting perfected by Jason Blair and Dan Rather, Newsweek's attempted US military smear angered some of the world's billion Muslims:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.

Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.

The report sparked angry and violent protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan to Indonesia to Gaza. In the past week it was condemned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League.
And comment from the White House:
"It's puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "I think there's a certain journalistic standard that should be met and in this instance it was not."
The Liberal national passtime is asking, "Why do they hate us?". The answer is within yourself my little lefy friends. The answer is within yourself.

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