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Newsweek apologizes for getting Koran-Guantanamo Bay story wrong. (The Editor's Desk)
Newsweek ^ | 05/15/05 | The Editor's Desk

Posted on 05/15/2005 10:31:22 AM PDT by Pikamax

May 23 issue - Did a report in NEWSWEEK set off a wave of deadly anti-American riots in Afghanistan? That's what numerous news accounts suggested last week as angry Afghans took to the streets to protest reports, linked to us, that U.S. interrogators had desecrated the Qur'an while interrogating Muslim terror suspects. We were as alarmed as anyone to hear of the violence, which left at least 15 Afghans dead and scores injured. But I think it's important for the public to know exactly what we reported, why, and how subsequent events unfolded.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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Last Friday, a top Pentagon spokesman told us that a review of the probe cited in our story showed that it was never meant to look into charges of Qur'an desecration. The spokesman also said the Pentagon had investigated other desecration charges by detainees and found them "not credible." Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Qur'an incident in the report we cited, and said it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts. Top administration officials have promised to continue looking into the charges, and so will we. But 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.
1 posted on 05/15/2005 10:31:22 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

Well, gee, big of them to apologize.


2 posted on 05/15/2005 10:33:16 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Pikamax

Their shoddy ass journalism got people killed.


3 posted on 05/15/2005 10:33:31 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Pikamax

The apology is a little too late for those who died in the riots.


4 posted on 05/15/2005 10:33:52 AM PDT by KittyKares
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To: Pikamax

Heads need to roll at Newsweek and in the media elites ranks.

Blood is on their collective hands.


5 posted on 05/15/2005 10:34:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative.)
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To: Pikamax

It is important to note that the islamicist bastard tore up the pages of his Koran and flushed them down the toilet, in an attempt to stop it up as a form of troublemaking.

The Afghanistan Jihad should be against the Islamicist bastards, now represented by the Taliban

Of course it is routine for believers to tear out pages of the Koran to use as bandages.


6 posted on 05/15/2005 10:35:06 AM PDT by Donald Meaker
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To: Pikamax

Thanks Newsweak for handing the islamists another weapon. Perhaps you can't rent them a few 757's next time.


7 posted on 05/15/2005 10:35:48 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (WWJD - We Want Jack Daniels!)
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To: Miss Marple

Shades of Rather. They wante to believe the anti US story so badly they ran it without properly checking it and engendered massive ill will against the country and caused several riots and deaths. Do you think any heads will roll at Newsweak?


8 posted on 05/15/2005 10:35:52 AM PDT by Arkie2 (No, I never voted for Bill Clinton.)
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To: Pikamax

An apology is not going to cut it! Newsweek did not spill their tea on the carpet. Newsweek has caused people to be killed and aided and abetted the enemy.


9 posted on 05/15/2005 10:35:59 AM PDT by Modok
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To: Miss Marple

It sounds like revenue took a hit,no?? Subscribers and advertisers DO hold some sway


10 posted on 05/15/2005 10:36:29 AM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: Pikamax

This is not news. The press has consistently started to publish incorrect information that damages the Republicans. The only make the corrections long after the damage has been made and can't be repaired.


11 posted on 05/15/2005 10:36:45 AM PDT by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Pikamax

Newsweek lied, people died.


12 posted on 05/15/2005 10:37:29 AM PDT by Alouette (The truth is not hard to kill, but a lie told well is immortal. -- Mark Twain)
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To: AppyPappy

Newsweek lied and people died.


13 posted on 05/15/2005 10:37:31 AM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: NormsRevenge
Heads need to roll at Newsweek and in the media elites ranks.

Blood is on their collective hands.

You're absolutely right.

14 posted on 05/15/2005 10:37:36 AM PDT by SIDENET (Yankee Air Pirate)
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To: Miss Marple
As apologies go, I give it a 2.5 . . . out of 10.

And most of that score comes from the fact that they didn't say "if we got any of our story wrong," or "if anyone was offended."

15 posted on 05/15/2005 10:37:40 AM PDT by savedbygrace ("No Monday morning quarterback has ever led a team to victory" GW Bush)
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To: Pikamax

I'm sure elements of the MSM everywhere are saying, "Dang, why didn't we think of this?"


16 posted on 05/15/2005 10:38:28 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Proud infidel since 1970.)
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To: stop_fascism
Newsweek lied and people died.

My first thoughts.....

17 posted on 05/15/2005 10:39:43 AM PDT by machman
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To: Arkie2

They must be made accountable for their truly severe crime of providing fodder to the Islamowhackos to harvest more suicide bombers. I hope they apologise in such a way that this news hits the idiots in Afghanistan and the other excuses of countries all over the Islamic 'world', and they realise their stupidity atleast now.


18 posted on 05/15/2005 10:40:10 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Pikamax

I see no apology at all here. What I do see is further proof that they were negligent in running with this story and a hint they will continue on this path--even though they are now responsible for more deaths than occurred at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib combined. Isikoff deserves the most serious shunning.


19 posted on 05/15/2005 10:40:13 AM PDT by the Real fifi
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To: Miss Marple

They extend their sympathies? Their rush to print anything that makes the USA look bad, regardless of whether or not it is true, has caused multiple deaths. Isn't it big of them to be "sorry" about it.


20 posted on 05/15/2005 10:40:26 AM PDT by jess35
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To: savedbygrace

"if anyone was offended."

I'm sure no one was offended...... because... how can you be offended when you are dead?


21 posted on 05/15/2005 10:40:54 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Having my own CAR-15 meant never having to say I was sorry......)
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To: Miss Marple

Islamists are not going to beleive this retraction/apology. The horse is out of the barn.


22 posted on 05/15/2005 10:40:59 AM PDT by Trust but Verify (Pull up a chair and watch history being made.)
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To: Pikamax
Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Qur'an incident in the report we cited, and said it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts

This passes for NEWS? at Newsweak? Splains a lot.

Let's face it, as long as there's Republicans in charge the MSM media will work overtime to damage the U.S. all they can.

This much is obvious by their coverage(lack of honest coverage) on Bolton, and the DUmmies unprecedented use of filibusters.

Totally dishonest Coverage.

23 posted on 05/15/2005 10:41:31 AM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Minuteman at heart, couch potato in reality))
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To: Arkie2

Correct. And this weak apology doesn't bring back the dead, does it?


24 posted on 05/15/2005 10:41:49 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Alouette
Newsweek lied, people died

Great minds...

25 posted on 05/15/2005 10:41:54 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Theodore: the GOOD Roosevelt)
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To: Pikamax

I guess muslims haven't understood the concept of media bias yet!


26 posted on 05/15/2005 10:42:08 AM PDT by bubman
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To: Pikamax

The liberal media is just as big of a threat to the United States as Al-queda.


27 posted on 05/15/2005 10:42:38 AM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: Pikamax
Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Qur'an incident in the report we cited, and said it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts.

Maybe it came from a certain Kinko's fax machine in a certain Texas city that faxed decades-old documents to one Dan Rather.

===

Newsweek to you who got killed because of our story: Sorry, but hey, that's business -- we stand by our source (just like Dan Rather is still standing by his source).
28 posted on 05/15/2005 10:44:49 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Pikamax

"I wonder if Dollar Rent a Car, Sprint, Hyundai, Exxon/Mobil, Franklin Templeton Investments, or any other sponsors of the above report know what they're supporting? I'd act quickly to protect the brand."

Mudville Gazette has great coverage on this story, here:

http://www.mudvillegazette.com/archives/002829.html


29 posted on 05/15/2005 10:44:51 AM PDT by bnelson44 (Armed Forces Day May 21, 2005)
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To: Pikamax

the families of the 15 dead should sue the pants off of Newsweek.


30 posted on 05/15/2005 10:45:30 AM PDT by Nyboe
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To: jess35

Seriously, I wonder how big an influence such anti-America news must have had in inspiring the nutcases behind 9-11.

News sources must be sued by terror victims to the fullest degree, if their reportings are inaccurate, IMHO.


31 posted on 05/15/2005 10:45:47 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

Unfortunately no amount of apologizing or corrections will have any effect in Islamic countries. It's now an accepted fact there that we desecrated the Koran and any retractions will be explained away by the radicals as attempts by our govt to silence our media. The damage is done, and it's permanent.


32 posted on 05/15/2005 10:45:51 AM PDT by Arkie2 (No, I never voted for Bill Clinton.)
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To: Pikamax
Where is the drudge siren on this, I know its put out by his buddy spiky therefore it is not news.

BTW Newsweak lied people died."

I think that would be a good masthead.

33 posted on 05/15/2005 10:45:58 AM PDT by dts32041 (Two words that shouldn't be used in the same sentence Grizzly bear and violate.)
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To: Pikamax
Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Qur'an incident in the report we cited, and said it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts.

When "news" reporters begin releasing names of people who lie to them, they sill start to regain credibility.

34 posted on 05/15/2005 10:45:59 AM PDT by stop_fascism
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To: Miss Marple

Newsweek Magazine 251 W 57th St[@Broadway] (212)445-4000


35 posted on 05/15/2005 10:46:22 AM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: Pikamax
What these arrogant MSM fools do not get is, freedom of the press comes with responsibility.
36 posted on 05/15/2005 10:48:55 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Theodore: the GOOD Roosevelt)
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To: Arkie2

Then there is only one thing left...ANNHILATE THEM.


37 posted on 05/15/2005 10:49:30 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: Arkie2

You are soooo right!!! (unfortunately)


38 posted on 05/15/2005 10:49:33 AM PDT by Seattle Conservative (Seattle Conservative)
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To: AppyPappy
Their shoddy ass journalism got people killed.

If I had my way, their shoddy ass journalists should be charged with murder.

39 posted on 05/15/2005 10:50:07 AM PDT by MrsEmmaPeel
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To: machman
Bears repeating (in bold letters),

NEWSWEEK LIED.....

PEOPLE DIED.

40 posted on 05/15/2005 10:51:06 AM PDT by Libertarian444
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To: Pikamax
Bastards.

If anyone needed any further proof that this whole incident was nothing more than an attempt to manufacture another Abu Ghraib with which to flog the Bush Administration and the US military, this "apology" provides it. They've done their damage and traded their high-fives around the newsroom, and now it's time to cover their tracks.

"Oops, we got 16 people killed, and have inflamed an entire region of the world reporting rumors as facts. Sorry, our bad." (Snicker, snicker).

The next entirely predictable chapter in this drama - the grave comparisons to "fascism" and "McCarthyism", the wailing about "censorship" and "chilling effects on free speech" to be applied to anyone who demands any sort of accountability for what the people at Newsweek have done.

41 posted on 05/15/2005 10:51:47 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: Mister Baredog
They should change the name to "Weaknews" and close the doors and go out of business of reporting "news" like that. Heads should roll, (be sent to Whateveristan to "apologize").
Just keep pi$$ing people off, wait till next elections!
42 posted on 05/15/2005 10:51:48 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeePeee!)
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To: Pikamax

Newsweek got the story just they wanted to and the reaction it was seeking from beady eyed zealot Muslims.

Newsweek should be sued in the world court,and held financially libel for all damage, deaths and suffering caused by the riots-and criminally lible for printing a story that any reasonable person would realize beforehand, would incite riots and place every American abroad, especially our Military at unneccessary risk.


43 posted on 05/15/2005 10:52:36 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If bullsh*t was fuel-the liberal dems would be a national......nay...... international treasure.)
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To: AppyPappy
"Their shoddy ass journalism got people killed"

More to follow if press reports are accurate. The ME street in general believes what they want to. This is all the excuse the extremists need to get a riot going.
44 posted on 05/15/2005 10:52:53 AM PDT by e5man_r_u? (A Man's mission: Build, Protect, Provide)
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To: Fudd Fan
"Newsweek apologises for getting story wrong."


45 posted on 05/15/2005 10:53:27 AM PDT by Enterprise (Abortion and "euthanasia" - the twin destroyers of the Democrat Party.)
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To: CFC__VRWC

Very well said ,... post #41


46 posted on 05/15/2005 10:53:33 AM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: dts32041
Newsweek lied, people died

Wanna bet how many Congresscritters will be calling for hearings and investigations into Newsweek next week? [I place my bet on zero].

Wanna bet how many Congresscritters were planning to call for hearings and investigations into the Newsweek allegations atainst the Pentagon before this retraction? [I place my bet on the entire HR Progressive Caucus and half the Dem Senators, with Boxer leading the charge.]
47 posted on 05/15/2005 10:53:38 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Libertarian444
Bears repeating (in bold letters),
NEWSWEEK LIED.....
PEOPLE DIED.

Bears three-peating.

48 posted on 05/15/2005 10:54:54 AM PDT by starfish923 (Iohannas Paulus II, Requiescat in Pacem)
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To: Pikamax
I suggest Newsweak have a hugh and series meeting with these clerics.

Clerics threaten holy war over alleged Quran desecrations

49 posted on 05/15/2005 10:55:45 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Give Byrd the Byrd option now.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Michael Isikoff and John Barry should be jailed until they divulge the name of the "high level Pentagon official who passed on the phony information. Then they should be indicted for sabotaging our fight against terror. They and Newsweak knew it would create problems for our country. It makes one wonder just whose side the MSM and their minions are on doesn't it.
50 posted on 05/15/2005 10:55:47 AM PDT by hgro (ews)
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