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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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  •  Not only accurate, but Pentagon-approved (4.00)
    Newsweek not only collected background from actual detainee stories, and confirmed their story with defense officials (anonymouse, of course). Not only was it true, but was also about to come out in an official pentagon report. Then, Newsweek even ran a draft of the story past another nameless 'senior Pentagon official', and fixed some other item at his or her suggestion.

    Then, a week after the story's out and it's not playing well in Jalalabad, the DoD decides to drop that part of its own report and blame Newsweek for spreading unrest through the Islamic world.

    Then, Newsweek sees the item is missing from the final report. Declares, "Well, good enough for Defense Intelligence, good enough for us," and retracts the story.

    •  Well (none)
      we need to somehow help Newsweek to grow a pair.
      •  Danger of un-named sources (3.83)
        Newsweek got tricked by using an anonymous pentagon source. Unforturnately, nobody with a name is allowed to talk to the press anymore.

        They should have come out swinging. Name the source unless he find a way to back up the story. Name the proofreader who helped set the trap, unless he explains how the item got left out of the final Pentagon report.

        Playing nice gets you nowhere with this administration. I hope Newsweek learns this lesson fast.

        •  Agreed (4.00)
          As far as the government is concerened, anonymous sources should no longer be quoted.  In each instance the report should read that the government "had no comment" if they refuse to respond on the record.  

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