Newsweek Detracts Flushed Koran Story — It’s About Time!

Posted By: 'Okie' | 4:52 pm — 5/16/2005 | 3 Comments See comments below:

Finally — via the AP:

NEW YORK (AP) – Newsweek magazine, under fire for publishing a story that led to deadly protests in Afghanistan, said Monday it was retracting its report that a military probe had found evidence of desecration of the Quran by U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay.
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Following the criticism, Whitaker released a statement through a spokesman later Monday saying the magazine was retracting the article.
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Whitaker added that the magazine’s original source later said he could not be sure he read about the alleged Quran incident in the report Newsweek cited, and that it might have been in another document. Whitaker said the magazine was still looking into the charges.

They express their regrets and extend their sympathies to the dead, injured and those sure to be affected in the future, but even though White House press secretary Scott McClellan “said the Pentagon had looked into the allegations initially and found nothing to substantiate them. “They continue to look into it,” he said.”, Newsweek is still investigating the story. Kinda like Dan Rather still insists that those fake memos are real. Isn’t there medication for this?

Doug TenNapel states Newsweek: Accessory to Murder.

ANY ONE of these allegations could have caused the Muslims to riot and kill 15 innocent people. But the greater good must be served…Muslims must be reminded that this is not a war against terror, but a modern Crusade…a war against Islam. This is just more intellectuals killing people in the name of free speech…it’s their blanket excuse for any behavior. In America, this is the ultimate trump card. If the freedom of speech card is played, the debate is over.

The Hedgehog posts the latest Cox & Forkum cartoon that succinctly illustrates this story.

Powerline reacts by suggesting that Newsweek examine its journalistic standards.

If this satisfies journalistic standards at NEWSWEEK, maybe it’s the standards that need some work.


Michelle Malkin
is writing on this one like crazy! She has loads of links, too.

Mark Tapscott has an interesting opinion in his post, Was Newsweek’s Sin That The Koran Flushing Story Was Too Good Not to be True?

Which leaves us with the fourth option – It just had to be true or seemed so credible that it must be true, given everything journalists “know” about U.S. interrogation methods of prisoners in the war on terrorism. Call this the Rathergate Option.

And La Shawn Barber puts it this way:

Let me clear up one thing. Whether Americans flushed the Koran down the toilet is irrelevant. Newsweek should not have reported it, even if true. It’s common sense, people. Those journalists knew how Muslims would react! Why would you hurt your own country and risk more deaths just to report this “fact?” To what end???

To what end, indeed. They’re haters, pure and simple. They hate George Bush more than they love the United States. Kinda epidemic on the Left, don’t ya know? (db)

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