Not a surprise if you read my two posts from yesterday...
Newsweek magazine on Sunday said it erred in a May 9 report that said U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.
"We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst," Editor Mark Whitaker wrote in the magazine's latest issue, due to appear on U.S. newsstands on Monday.
Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Koran 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. On Sunday, Afghan Muslim clerics threatened to call for a holy war against the United States.
But wait! They have a good excuse!
The magazine said other news organizations had already aired charges of Koran desecration based "only on the testimony of detainees."
"We believed our story was newsworthy because a U.S. official said government investigators turned up this evidence. So we published the item," Whitaker said.
"Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Koran incident in the report we cited," he wrote.
OK, you see, because other propoganda outfits posing as media released similar reports, it was acceptable for Newsweek to do so as well. No problem inciting populations all over the world and putting American soldiers at risk, because you need an anti-American scoop, and fast - no time to check the facts.
The people are smarter than you think, Mr. Editor. Expect your circulation to go the way of CBS's News ratings shortly...
But how many more must die to fulfill the anti-American bloodlust of our (and the world's) media? I cannot even think of the words to describe this type of depravity; but just remember, these were the people who insisted that we must vote for John Kerry...will our self-annointed intellectual elite sell out their country and aid its enemies out of sheer, childlike spite?
UPDATE: Roger Simon, again on the story http://www.rogerlsimon.com/mt-archives/2005/05/theres_no_busin.php finds t Newsweek's excuse revolting. From their apology via Roger's site:
But Westerners, including those at NEWSWEEK, may underestimate how severely Muslims resent the American presence, especially when it in any way interferes with Islamic religious faith.
Thanks for reminding us, Newsweak, that is all America's fault. The fact that all was fairly calm in this new democracy until Newsweak printed its blatently falseified claims seems to have escaped them. I think liberals are starting to mistake excuse making and lying for intelligence; that's the only way I figure they can sleep at night...