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  •  Alter on Imus show this morning (4.00)
    On Imus this morning the guy who reads the news started out:

    "Newsweek apologizes for errors in a story ... [gist of story].  They are re-examining the alleged incident which it now says it can't confirm."

    Jonathan Alter was on and repeated the quote Ben Goshi posted earlier - "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."

    Alter also said "we feel awful...   we feel terrible. ... 17 people dead, hundreds injured."

    "General Myers said it is not clear if Newsweek was the source of all this, but let's assume for argument's sake, it obviously contributed."

    "We said that Southern Command had this Koran/toilet incident as part of its investigation.  We're not saying it didn't happen ... when we reported they had it as part of their investigation, our source can't confirm this."

    "Comes in context of a lot of reports on this."

    ...

    "Only about 8 - 10 news organizations in the entire world who do any kind of digging, and everybody else kind of re-chews what these 8-10 organizations dig up.  Do they [public] want news organizations out there trying to dig or do they want to take all their information from the government"

    slighter lighter:

    Imus asked if they went with the story after only having one source, and with the Pentagon not confirming.  Alter said the idea of 2 sources for every story is a fallacy.  If news orgs had 2 sources for every story we wouldn't get any news.  Imus said, that must be why 50% of it is always wrong.  Alter thought that was a little high.

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