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  •  You know, I know... (4.00)
    it happened!  Newsweek knows.  Michael Isikoff knows.  His editors know.  

    So why in the hell are they beating a hasty retreat?  Is the rightwing machine that fearsome, with its lying, braying headlines blaming a magazine one-paragraph story for riots in five countries?  That alone fails the giggle test.

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Sun May 15, 2005 at 06:05:10 PM PDT

    •  To me, it doesn't sound (4.00)
      like Newsweek is really beating a hasty retreat. If you read the Evan Thomas piece "How a Fire Broke Out", posted tonight, dated in the 05/23/05 issue, he poses the question (three paragraphs down) "How did NEWSWEEK get its facts wrong?".  But I must say that after reading the entire article, I don't think that they did get too much wrong.  It sounds like there may not have been an actual 'flush' that took place, but I don't think the facts are in dispute that, on more than one occassion, the Koran was desecrated in some ways that involved the disposal of human waste.
      They have to stand their ground, dammit!
      •  that's the problem (4.00)
        "after reading the entire article" ... "three paragraphs down" ... you and most here will be the few people who will go to that trouble. The vast majority of the public -- particularly the wingers -- will read the headline.  And that's all.

        So, we can't calculate the EFFECT of this series of events on the basis of what WE know.  We have to calculate the EFFECT based on what the vast majority will perceive.

        Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

        by SusanHu on Sun May 15, 2005 at 07:25:50 PM PDT

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        •  no problem (4.00)
          43% of Americans in a recent poll (Gallup?) say that they trust the major media to tell them the truth about important news.

          those who will take the message that Newsweek was too liberal, too hasty, too sloppy--they already had that impression. they won't take the retraction to mean much.

          those who don't believe those things will ultimately wonder whether the retraction means that the reported events really did not happen, or whether they need to take seriously the threat to their freedoms implicit in this shameful coerced and false retraction.

          in any event, the percentage of americans who trust the media will not go up. eventually it will have no moral suasion at all, and that might ultimately be a good thing.

          "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

          by thingamabob on Sun May 15, 2005 at 08:34:39 PM PDT

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        •  Retraction: no evidence of access to toilets (3.66)
          Newsweek should issue an immediate retraction.  Although several sources have indicated that guards and interrogators have defiled the Qurans of detainees by exposure to human waste, Newsweek cannot verify that the recepticle for the waste was in every case a toilet (in some cases, a bucket was clearly indicated).  We cannot assume that all detainees have access to clean and efficient plumbing.

          "I gave them a good boy and they sent me back a murderer." mother of soldier who committed atrocities at My Lai, according to Seymour Hersh

          by Rusty Pipes on Mon May 16, 2005 at 11:57:42 AM PDT

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    •  They are not "supporting the troops" (4.00)
      Truth is the first casualty of war, as has been said.

      Not very admirable on the part of Newsweek to back off. The why of this onslaught of blame--well, I looked back at their recent articles on the subject of Iraq, and a number of them were quite critical of the administration or its friends. So they may be being punished for past sins even if there's no big story in the wings.

      Bleak days.

    •  First 60 Minutes, now Newsweek, who's next??? (4.00)
    •  Newsweek did not retract the story (none)
      They apologized for any errors they made in reporting it, and explained that their government source may have been mistaken about which document he saw the report in, but they also said that there had been previous reports of the same thing and DID NOT RETRACT THE STORY.

      This is critical. Let's not let the idea get out that Newsweek has admitted anything more than some technical gliches with a story.  

      •  They've retracted it now (none)
        So much for the idea of a free press (as if there was any doubt left on that one).

        Orwell is spinning in his grave

        by tlh lib on Mon May 16, 2005 at 04:30:52 PM PDT

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