Monday, May 16, 2005

Vet Vet News Better

Very lovely of Newsweek Magazine to apologize that they might have gotten their story wrong and - oops! - no soldiers at Guantanamo Bay abused copies of the Quran or flushed them down the toilet after all.

Their contrition arrives a tad tardily for the fifteen people who have been killed in demonstrations in Afghanistan protesting this outrage by the U.S. Government.

We can only hope that a lesson was learned. Before so inflammatory a revelation is published, the charges should have many layers of substantiation. One disgruntled Defense Department grunt trying to grind an axe against his boss or just to feel important... does not a story make.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is how the rumor started that let to the revolt in Bitish India. It also resulted in the Black Hole of Calculta story. With low flush tolets even water clogs these up, so how could a book of any size be flushed?

Jay D. Homnick said...

I see you're a skeptic who does not believe in miracles.

Tlaloc said...

"Very lovely of Newsweek Magazine to apologize that they might have gotten their story wrong and - oops! - no soldiers at Guantanamo Bay abused copies of the Quran or flushed them down the toilet after all."

That's not really what happened. As with the CBS affair what's happened is that after the report it turns out not ALL of the evidence was as good as it originally appeared. That means they certainly should have done more checking and verifying but it also means that the story may still be true. The story is not disproven, it is also not proven.



"Their contrition arrives a tad tardily for the fifteen people who have been killed in demonstrations in Afghanistan protesting this outrage by the U.S. Government.
We can only hope that a lesson was learned. Before so inflammatory a revelation is published, the charges should have many layers of substantiation."

I agree that it was sloppy and badly done. But in the wake of a "mistake" by our government that has racked up 100,000 bodies it seems almost trivial, don't you think?

Tlaloc said...

By the way here's a decent Columbia Journalism Review article about the Newsweek mistake.

http://www.cjrdaily.org/archives/001517.asp

Read and enjoy.