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View Diary: (Official Retraction) The Newsweek Backtrack: Did the Right Win a Game of Chicken? (315 comments)

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  •  So the whole Arab world (4.00)
    goes through Newsweek with a magnifying glass each week, so that hundreds of thousands of people read this tiny paragraph?

    How honored Newsweek must feel that their magazine gets such riveted and close attention?  WTF?

    This is beyond ludicrous.

    I could believe that someone at Newsweek said "All right already, if it makes you happy, you moron, I apologize," and that snarkiness has blown up into this mess, but that they really apologized is totally fucking unbelievable.

    •  It's riot season (4.00)
      Every May, after the cherry blossoms, before sweet corn, is riot season. Every year.

      So, with riots coming, and a complete press blackout less tenable this year than last, the neocons knew they'd have some explaining to do. Well, of course preemption is always better than reaction, so they got to work diverting blame from themselves to ... who?

      Well, Newsweek hasn't been playing along as nice as some others. Feed them an inflammatory story. Give them an exclusive preview of an actual Pentagon report that backs it up. Then, when riot season starts, we can blame them on the reports of torture instead of the actual atrocities themselves.

      Oh, and delete the item in question from the official report. They're pretty honest, so they'll retract their citation of that one source. We can spin that into sounding like a full retraction, as if the whole riots were over a false story.

    •  Well. They're (none)
      gonna read it now.

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