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  •  Wow. This reminds me of a made-for-HBO thing (none)
    Stick with me.

    There's an episode of From The Earth To The Moon (get it, or rent it, it's great) where the Apollo 1 mission failure is being investigated.  In it, the contractor that built the Apollo module ultimately took the big fall for the problem, even though it wasn't really anything they did wrong.  As stated in the episode, it was a failure of imagination -- they hadn't thought of the test that led to the failure being fatal, it hadn't even been considered dangerous.

    But the contractor took the fall, firing some of its top staff and making public apologies, because they knew if they just blamed NASA, the Apollo program would fail and the Russians would have gotten to the moon first.  So they took the patriotic bullet, knowing that NASA couldn't change contractors so far into the process.

    One could argue that this is what Newsweek is trying to do, many seem to be saying in Freeper land that this is what Newsweek SHOULD do, retracting the story entirely and taking all the heat.  Some would say they shouldn't have written about this at all.

    It makes me crazy.  The biggest difference here is that the moon landings were a noble quest, this is just a horrific debacle.  Newsweek is doing the right thing to (even partially) stick to its guns, I hope it makes a louder stink about being blamed for the is absolutely wrong to blame the messenger.  And it sets a really bad precident: don't report your government's failings if another country or their people might be upset to hear about it.  Bye-bye free media!  Hello state-run media!

    Even Lt. Chekov knew how to say 'nuclear'..even if he couldn't say 'vessels'.

    by Stymnus on Mon May 16, 2005 at 07:18:11 AM PDT

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