Skip to comments.Newsweek apologizes for getting Koran-Guantanamo Bay story wrong. (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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They should be charged with manslaughter.
NewsLeak is going to say that since the Washington Post and NY Times printed similar stories last year, they believed the story was true.
Well then, those two paragons of truth said it, so it must be true?
Powerline update. Powerlineblog.com is quoting IndigentPundit regarding Newsweek's "excuse." Newsweek has now defended itself by quoting an Al-Qaeda detainee saying "yes this happened to me" and it was so traumatic he couldn't sleep at night.
But Newsweek forgot to google,
If Newsweek had googled, they would have found that when this Mr. Bader Bader was released from Gitmo some time ago, he gave lengthy interviews to the press, but never mentioned the "Koran-in-the-toilet" event which he now claiims to be so mentally tormented about!!.
Only now, Post-Newsweek Periscope, is this man miraculously recovering from repressed-memory syndrome and Newsweek, self-righteious self-promoters that they are, run out with this Newsweek-inspired story and print it as fact!! They bought the fable hook line and sinker!
May a herd of ambulance chasers track down relatives of the 15 dead and sue Newsweek out of existence.
I didn't hear the apology. Was it like the clinton/fonda non-apology?
"If Newsweek had googled, they would have found that when this Mr. Bader Bader was released from Gitmo some time ago, he gave lengthy interviews to the press, but never mentioned the "Koran-in-the-toilet" event which he now claiims to be so mentally tormented about!!."
Well done! There you have it. Newb-week. They come of looking like a bunch of newbies.
The story killed people. The story would have killed people true or not.
But that does NOT mean that it is "irrelevant" that the story was fabricated. It matters a great deal. This is a case of anti-American propaganda killing people...a far worse crime than publishing the truth and seeing the same people get killed.
Hold them accountable. For the intention. For the method. For the outcome. For the ramifications.
The sad fact is, Gitmo former detainee Bader Bader is good at his job. Michael Issakoff is not. Which is why Al-Qaeda can spin Newsweek like a top.
Great slogan! But in the media free market, I believe in letting the consumer decide the outcome. By the time Rush, Hannity, Savage, Boortz, Mike Reagan, Fox News, Drudge, and let's not forget Laura Ingraham are finished with Newb-week, they will be less respected than Dan Blather.
"What's amazing is that Newsweek, with its patented StupidStaff of reporters, are entirely unaware that Al-Qaeda, in its training, teaches its people to fan the flames in precisely this fashion."
I might track your posts for a while. You're one sharp FReeper. FReegards....
How soon can we expect the folks killed in Afghanistan
to return to life? And when can we expect the heightened
danger to our guys in Muslim countries triggered by this
story, to subside?
Agreed. What I'm finding most difficult about all this is how my parents' (the Great) generation has swallowed so much lib BS, and just can't see exposed reality now (like Walter Cronkite columns). Does staying on the dole really override all they fought and died for in WWII? I'm actually becoming ashamed of them.
"What I'm finding most difficult about all this is how my parents' (the Great) generation has swallowed so much lib BS, and just can't see exposed reality now (like Walter Cronkite columns)."
If you read Coulter's books, "Treason" and "Slander", you will understand how they did it. I don't know if Coulter mentioned it, but sometimes they would buy up or even snatch up every book or paper they could find if there was too much truth in them.
People would run around with one of the few newspaper clippings or books that was recalled, snatched, etc-- who would take them seriously? Try a google on "Tragedy and Hope", and you will see what I mean. One of those rare copies got in the hands of Shlafley, which inspired her to help Reagan become president. Also note that the author of Tragedy and Hope, Carol Quigley, was possibly Clinton's greatest mentor. What was the book about? The International Banking Establishment. Note Clinton's impeachable EO to bail out the IMF.
Saw the rep from Newsweek on a sunday show. He said, "Our Bad!" That does it for me, end of story.
The logic you are using is utterly specious. If someone yells "Fire!" in a crowded theatre and people are killed in the ensuing stampede, there IS absolutely a difference in the degree of culpability for the resulting casualties depending on whether or not there actually existed a fire. Someone who recklessly yells "FIRE!" when there wasn't one (as Newsweek did) can & would be held responsible for the deaths he caused. Isikoff (he's a pretty smart guy, I'm very surprised he's part of this) better get a good lawyer.
In these days, people are charged indirectly for murder involving car wrecks, etc. The author should suffer the same.