Monday, May 16, 2005

Is There Really News in Newsweek ?

After riots with deaths and property devastation throughout the Muslim world following a Newsweek slander that American soldiers desecrated the Muslim Koran, Newsweek now tells us that it was all a mistake. According to Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker: “[w]e 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.”

Thanks for nothing, you [fill in expletive of choice here].

After the business with Dan Rather and the forged National Guard memos in the last election; and the blatantly biased reporting most of the national television media give us on Iraq, I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised at stunts like Newsweek’s. The east coast media will clearly publish or broadcast anything that undermines the Administration or the war effort. Anything is fair if it makes the US and that wicked Bush administration look bad.

This time it’s really over the top, even for the lefty media. Newsweek is admitting that it created an international political incident, and caused violence that, in Afghanistan, actually got people killed over absolutely nothing. Some media outlets abroad are already reporting that Muslims are greeting Newsweek’s retraction with skepticism, and who can blame them ? Who knows what is true with these media people ?

Explain to me again, somebody, why we have a free press ? Why is the First Amendment and freedom from legal accountability a good thing, when the press uses its freedom to – groundlessly – incite people to riot and murder and threaten our troops ? If the mass media wants to act as a propaganda platform for people who kill American servicemen and seek to incite others to do so, then it threatens the basis of its existence.

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