Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek -- Oopsy!

Newsweek has backed away from a story saying U.S. military interrogators at Gitmo desecrated a copy of the Koran. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7857154/site/newsweek/) Oops, sorry about that.

They're hedging their apology though. For openers, they haven't said the story was false -- they've merely said they didn't have sufficient proof that it was true.

Gee, I wonder why. Could it be because they only had a single source, who never offered any proof of the allegation? Once again, the rush to get a story first means getting a story wrong -- this time with tragic results.

Mind you, the story contributed to rioting in Muslim nations, resulting in more than a dozen deaths.

Who edited this story -- CBS?

Seems like Newsweek owes more than an "oops" here. Someone needs to be fired.

2 comments:

The Chronic Curmudgeon said...

Well, a skeptic might say that the government, realizing the little problem it (allegedly) caused itself, pressured Newsweek to back off.

Good thing I'm not a skeptic, huh? ;-)

Welcome aboard the Blog Train, sir.

JBlog said...

Thanks, CC. The government pressuring Newsweek to back off - yeah, that might work.

Don't think so, CC. Newsweek got itself out on that limb all by itself.

Without proof otherwise, it's all speculation, not skepticulation.