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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
KEYWORDS: agitprop; antiamericanism; apology; blowmenewsweek; bullzogby; cya; gitmo; guantanamo; islamofascism; korandesecration; lyingliars; mediabias; medialies; newsweakliedppldied; newsweek; newsweekliedppldied; newsweekmurders; propaganda; provokeddeadlyriots; religionofpeace; riot; rop; serveditspurpose; thenewsweekmurders; theythinkitisagame; toolittletoolate; yellingfireinacinema; zogbyism
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To: chuckwalla
The Koran offender was a muslim.
So let's see if they call for killing him.

The first call was "Kill the infidels for flushing the Koran"
Now the call will be "Kill the infidels for lying to us and causing this mayhem."
Wait ... I think I hear that call here. Oh, nevermind. "The infidel heads" called for here is limited to Newsweek.

321 posted on 05/15/2005 8:23:33 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: C2ShiningC

bookmark and tell Jim O'H

322 posted on 05/15/2005 8:24:34 PM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: Pikamax

323 posted on 05/15/2005 8:25:11 PM PDT by Alouette (The truth is not hard to kill, but a lie told well is immortal. -- Mark Twain)
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To: Former Military Chick
Had one of these guys flushed the Bible down the toilet I would be pissed but I to would wait for the truth to prevail before sliming anyone.

In many Muslim countries mere possession of a Bible is a serious offense.

The terrorist prisoners at Guantanamo are allowed to worship freely in ways Christians are not allowed to worship in many Muslim countries.

The hypocrisy is astounding. I have no love or pity for Newsweek but it's hard for me to have sympathy for rampaging Muslims who treat Christian believers like vermin in their own countries.

324 posted on 05/15/2005 8:28:52 PM PDT by JCEccles (Andrea Dworkin--the Ward Churchill of gender politics.)
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To: swilhelm73

The White House, Pentagon, State Dept, etc. needs to direct all employees that they are not to ever comment to the Media verbally or Physically and if approached they must report it to their Supervisors. Anyone caught talking to the Media, except within the media relations dept, will be terminated and arrested for violation of national security in that part of this war on terrorism is public relations. The Media should be free to obtain some information and publish it but this BS anonymous sources must go. Everyone has the right to determine truth based partly on where the information comes from. I have worked for a couple government agencies and was in the military and I had to sign full nondisclosure agreements for as long as I worked for them and even after I left the military. Where's the enforcement with lying media and leaking sources? For all I know it could be the janitor?

325 posted on 05/15/2005 8:36:57 PM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak!)
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To: tobyhill

We need action here from not only Freepers but posters to many sites . They should flood not only Newsweek with complaints but demand that Congress or the Pres at least say something about Newsweek's horrid, murderous error. I suggest that a Congressional inquiry be threatened. The MSM hates that when it is focused on them but as long as the Dems do it to Pubs, well everything is peachy. Enough is enough. Every Rightist in media should be on this story like ......Bloggers should denounce Newsweek and other MSM outlets that are forever being anti-American. I mean, hit them in the gut and ask for cancellations of the mag. and other sources that consistantly smear America, its military, and our culture!

326 posted on 05/15/2005 8:44:57 PM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: swilhelm73
"Clinton's response to the rape allegation raised against him was a big no comment."

Actually Clinton would have been better off if he hadn't commented but instead he lied to all of America when he claimed that he,"never had sexual relations with that woman". While he tried to split words everyone knew it was a flat out denial of having sex and a few cigars later and some swimmers on a dress the proof was there.
327 posted on 05/15/2005 8:45:36 PM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak!)
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To: swilhelm73
Cboldt [re: Jenny Jones murder trial]: What did Jones (personally, or the show) get in that one?

Nevermind. I think I found the answer.

On October 23, 2002, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed that 1999 decision of the Oakland County jury. The Court of Appeals ruled that the show's owner, Warner Bros., and its distributor, Telepictures had no liability in the death of Scott Amedure. While the court indicated that the "Jenny Jones Show" might be "regarded as the epitome of bad taste and sensationalism," that wasn't enough to make it liable. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger indicated there would be an appeal.
328 posted on 05/15/2005 8:47:27 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: phillyfanatic
Drudge was just on saying that Newsweek has now retracted the retraction (!!!????)
329 posted on 05/15/2005 8:49:19 PM PDT by cookcounty ("We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the Courts" ---Abe Lincoln, 1858.)
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To: Pikamax

Do you work for Newsweek?

330 posted on 05/15/2005 8:51:53 PM PDT by TaxRelief (Can you tell I've upgraded to Broadband?)
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To: phillyfanatic
I agree with you 100% but the media uses the old cop out when they get caught fabricating a story. They just say it actually came from an anonymous source then refuse to give the sources name. They won't rat the source out because then the excuse will be that they're "usually" reliable. The MSM is a walking book of excuses that think they're above even national security. Congress doesn't care so the only ones that can try to eliminate this is the public with calls to the advertisers themselves. Slim Fast got rid of Whoopi because of massive calls to their company and threats of a boycott to advertising sources.
331 posted on 05/15/2005 8:58:21 PM PDT by tobyhill (The war on terrorism is not for the weak!)
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To: Smartass

On an Official Declaration of War:

The Constitution does not define what constitutes an official declaration of war, does it? If it does, I haven't found it. We have precedent (WWI & WWII), but it doesn't exactly fit the present circumstances, does it?

Congress has (twice!) authorized hostilities against terrorist organizations and countries which harbor terrorist organizations. They haven't officially titled either a 'declaration of war', but what is it if not a war?

Lots of slippery room for both sides here. 'Spose that was an accident?

332 posted on 05/15/2005 9:05:27 PM PDT by YHAOS
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I don't know why congress doesn't declare war either. By not doing so, sure lets many liberal wall banger's off the hook.

333 posted on 05/15/2005 9:10:24 PM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: NormsRevenge


334 posted on 05/15/2005 9:12:25 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Nyboe

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

Can our government do any suing as well. Newsweek has certainly damaged our reputation and did considerable harm to our interests.

335 posted on 05/15/2005 9:28:52 PM PDT by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: Mathemagician
As soon as you put the story out, true or false, I'm a dead man. At that point, dead is dead.

But your example illustrates the real issue -- Newsweek should not have printed the story, even if it were true. People were going to die because of the story, not the facts.

336 posted on 05/15/2005 9:32:32 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Pikamax

Newsweak lied. Afghans died.

337 posted on 05/15/2005 9:42:15 PM PDT by CDB
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To: Smartass

Thanks for the ping!

338 posted on 05/15/2005 9:44:02 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Cboldt

I think the facts are the pages of the Koran were put down a toilet in an effort to cause it to back up and create a "flood."

The person who tore the pages out and deposited them in the toilet was a prisoner, not a guard. The original story didn't attribute the action to anybody. Newsweek jumped to the conclusion and published that it was a guard action

A few days ago...I heard someone on a talk radio show (maybe Tony Snow???) report that the detainees did it to clog the plumbing as a form of protest.

Where did you hear those details?

339 posted on 05/15/2005 9:44:35 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Tell Senators to stop judicial filibuster....using FREE number: 1-877-762-8762)
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To: Southack
"Yet you are trying to equate the two, as if telling the truth or a lie makes no difference if the outcome is the same."

Makes no difference? Let's just say that it's irrelevant in this case.

The story killed those innocents, not the lie. If the story were true, they'd be just as dead.

The tragedy isn't the lie (though the lie compounds it). The tragedy is that the story (or non-story) was even published. That was irresponsible on Newsweek's part.

340 posted on 05/15/2005 9:59:51 PM PDT by robertpaulsen
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