Sunday, May 15, 2005

 

Newsweek murders innocent civilians

UPDATE: It's even worse: the person who desecrated the Koran was not an infidel American...it was a Muslim detainee.
"They have looked through the logs, the interrogation logs, and they cannot confirm yet that there were ever the case of the toilet incident, except for one case, a log entry, which they still have to confirm, where a detainee was reported by a guard to be ripping pages out of a Koran and putting in the toilet to stop it up as a protest," he said. "But not where the U.S. did it."
[End update]

As you probably know, I normally restrain my posts to critique of the Express-News, but this is too disgusting to let go unremarked.
Newsweek magazine on Sunday said it erred in a May 9 report that said U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.

"We 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," Editor Mark Whitaker wrote in the magazine's latest issue, due to appear on U.S. newsstands on Monday.

Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Koran down the toilet.
Sixteen people were killed in Afghanistan during riots provoked by this slanderous Newsweek article. You will excuse me if I am somewhat less than civil in this post.

As Instapundit notes, "People died, and U.S. military and diplomatic efforts were damaged, because -- let's be clear here -- Newsweek was too anxious to get out a story that would make the Bush Administration and the military look bad."

For once, I must say to those who, against all evidence, maintain the media is not biased against Bush: Kiss. My. Ass. To paraphrase the mindless idiotarian mantra: "Newsweek lied, people died." All just so Newsweek could try to discredit the War on Terrorism.

Newsweek has an accomplice in the murders...a foolish "human rights" lawyer credulous enough to believe his terrorist clients in Guantanamo.
Human rights lawyer Tom Wilner, who represents several Kuwaiti prisoners at Guantanamo, said in February that his clients told him their Korans were thrown on the floor, stepped on and thrown into toilets at Guantanamo.
Liar. Traitorous lying lawyer.

And here is the "vigorously critical free press" we keep hearing about:
The magazine said other news organizations had already aired charges of Koran desecration based "only on the testimony of detainees."
Based only on the testimony of detainees. They don't believe anything their own government tells them, but they believe everything terrorist detainees tell them.

That pretty much sums up today's "vigorously critical free press."

The only bright side is that now, hopefully, no matter WHAT horrible things are alleged to occur at Guantanamo, no one will believe it. We might even save on a few airline tickets.
Comments:
I would just like to add that this isn't the first time that the media have run with unsubstantiated stories, but this time people finally died.

This story goes far beyond the biad that Mark correctly points out. People have died due to allegations that never should have been reported on. The MSM seems to forget about integrity when it comes to smearing US troops; being perfectly happy to report on unsubstantiated claims of an anonymous source. How could they not have know that this would lead to violence? Will the rest of the media cover this up like they did with Dan Rather and his fake reporting or will they give this the serious attention it deserves? The authors of this story, and the editors involved, should be canned at the least, and I would not shed a tear if that was the last edition of Newsweek we ever see.
 
That's interesting. Michael Isikoff used to be the darling of the right-wing back when he was using his journalistic talents to dig up unsubstantiated rumors about Bill Clinton's sex life.
 
Michael Isikoff used to be the darling of the right-wing

I'm sure that will be cold comfort to the survivors of the 17 people now dead due to his Newsweek "investigative report".
 
What you fail to point out Mike is that many of what you characterize as "unsubstantiated rumors" were true.
 
I also have to agree with Mark's latest comment. Even if Isikoff is or was the "darling of the right-wing" how does that excuse what has happened in this case? You seem to be applying that the right-wing likes Isikoff so we shouldn't be surprised that he lied about a story like this? I think that stinks Mike, and I think it is unfair.
 
I don't think I have heard one person on the left condemn this story. I just can't understand that. Do they hate Bush and our military so much that they cannot condemn a lie?
 
I'm not excusing anything. I was simply pointing out an irony - the fact that this reporter's sloppiness in the past used to be embraced by the right-wing and now it may have had some bad results.

many of what you characterize as "unsubstantiated rumors" were true

And since you bring it up, I also have to point out that we don't know if these latest rumors are true or not. Isikoff's source is still saying that there are government documents detailing this type of abuse, just not in the report he said at first. Whether he is credible or not we don't know, but this is not the first time these rumors have come up.
 
Two rumors don't make a fact Mike. People have dies because of an ensubstantiated claim Newsweek reported as fact, and you want to defend that Mike? Explain.
 
Interesting Mike, but you seem to have more faith in the Newsweek story's accuracy than Newsweek does:

"Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Koran down the toilet."

Newsweek says the report was "inaccurate" so I guess for now we know that the allegations are not true.
 
Mike, your link to Angry Left site DailyKos just illustrates mindless anti-Bush spin. If you check online for stories about the riots BEFORE the retraction by Newsweek, you will see that the liberal media was unanimously condemning this supposed desecration specifically as the cause of the riots...now, all of a sudden, - after the retraction - it seems that the riots had other root causes than the Newsweek report. Shameless. Utterly shameless.
 
(Sigh.) I guess as the house liberal here I should expect to always be put on the spot everytime something like this happens.
First off, I'm not defending the sloppy reporting by Newsweek reporter Isikoff. We now know that his report about U.S. military investigators confirming these reports may not be accurate. But just because a story is not confirmed by some official source does not mean that it is thereby false. As I noted above, there have been other reports by news organizations and human rights groups documenting these types of allegations. We don't know whether or not these allegations coming from former prisoners are accurate, but considering what we do know was going on at Gitmo and Abu Gharib it would not be surprising.
As for the riots in Afghanistan and elsewhere, it is almost random chance that the people who instigated them settled on this brief report to use to stir people up when there are many other examlpes of things they could have used to incite anti-American reactions. It is indeed tragic, but to say that Newsweek's sloppy reporting is directly responsible for the violence is a gross exaggeration.
 
To what do we attribute all the other atrocities that go on over there?
 
As I noted above, there have been other reports by news organizations and human rights groups documenting these types of allegations.

Documenting allegations that Americans desecrated the Koran in order to abuse prisoners? Sorry if you are being jumped on here, Mike, and I appreciate your hanging around to discuss this...but I am going to have to insist on a few citations for the above claim. The DailyKos link cites four unsubstantiated claims by detainees who have - as we have seen from their terrorist training manuals - been trained to claim abuse and torture if they find themselves in captivity...hardly a valid source.
 
The supreme irony in all this, of course, is that the United States is so merciful as to provide Korans and prayer mats in the first place - for terrorists whose most fervent desire is to kill any American they can get their hands on.

I don't recall any "insurgent" hostages being provided with a Bible prior to being beheaded.

Yet the "vigorously critical free press" consistently portrays us as the evildoers.
 
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