Sunday, May 15, 2005

"Oops! Just ignore the dead bodies please."

Newsweek has really gone overboard this time. They reported that military investigators in Cuba had flushed a copy of the Koran down the toilet. I do not have any kids, but I do have younger brothers. So unless the book was written like this I would say flushing a book down the toilet would be close to impossible.

So the world rose in anger towards the US, like Newsweek did not expect that, and people died for something far from the truth.
Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.

Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.

The report sparked angry and violent protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan to Indonesia to Gaza. In the past week it was condemned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League.
"Erred". Such a simple word that implies a total screw up of an article. Heads should role there at the least.
The weekly news magazine said in its May 23 edition that the information had come from a "knowledgeable government source" who told Newsweek that a military report on abuse at Guantanamo Bay said interrogators flushed at least one copy of the Koran down a toilet in a bid to make detainees talk.

But Newsweek said the source later told the magazine he could not be certain he had seen an account of the Koran incident in the military report and that it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts.
This is one case where a good lawsuit would fit nicely. The fact that they took it as truth from one source seems to show a desire to slant what they report. I admit my slant on what I write and post about, maybe they should also.

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