Now they are retracting the story?
Newsweek, in an attempt to quell the damage done by its Koran desecration story, which included a good number of dead and injured people, has went beyoned the half-assed "we might've gotten it wrong, but we are still investigating" apology which they posted yesterday and actually retracted the story. "After a drumbeat of criticism from the Bush administration and others, Newsweek magazine yesterday went beyond an apology it issued Sunday and retracted an article published May 1 that stated that American interrogators at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, had tried to rattle Muslim detainees by flushing a Koran down a toilet." You know, when i first heard this story i wonderd : How does one flush a big book like the Koran down the toilet? My toilet, most of the time, has problems flushing a few toilet papers, and they managed to flush a whole book? They must have some really strong toilets in Gitmo, huh? Anyway.. Newsweek's editor Mark Whitaker chose to ignore my advice of just shutting up and leaving this story alone and actually said in an interview that Newsweek deserves credit , because unlike CBS he felt that they were really forthcoming with the Pentagon denials and admitting their errors. "Unlike CBS, we felt we were being extremely forthcoming by publishing all the details and publishing the Pentagon's denials and saying we committed an error. But then it seemed that people felt like we weren't apologizing. In order for people to understand we had made an error, we had to say 'retraction' because that's the word they were looking for." And then he continued: "Ahh, those uppitty truth-concerned people and their stupid demands for a retraction. I mean, we already apologized and everything, why make a bigger deal out of it by demanding a retraction? It's not like that many people died because of our irresponsible reporting. Just a few A-rabs and cameljockeys and who cares about them anyway? Hehehe. Wait.. You are not recording that are you?" Speaking of the reason why a "retraction" was the responsible thing to do ladies and gentlemen, i give you Condi Rice and her take on this story: "I do think it's done a lot of harm," Rice said. "Of course, 16 people died but it's also done a lot of harm to America's efforts" to demonstrate tolerance and breed goodwill in the Muslim world. "The sad thing was that there was a lot of anger that got stirred by a story that was not very well founded," Rice said. Unfortunately, as i pointed here, a retraction is too little too late now and no conspircay-theory-loving-muslim is likely to buy it, no matter what. And David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, shares this view with me: "There is a lot of anger, both here and abroad," Mr. Gergen added. "The Muslim world is going to continue to believe that this actually happened and that Newsweek is only issuing a retraction because of the reaction." Sigh... So MSM, please, please, pretty please with a cherry on top, and if it's not too much of a hassle, do not publish stories that might incite Muslim anger or rioting in the future until you are 100% sure that they are true and credible. I know that journalistic standards are hard to keep these days, but trust me when i tell you, it's for the best.