Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek Ducks & Covers

After last weeks Koran flushing story incited riots across South Asia that killed over a dozen people, and left many more wounded, Newsweek is in damage control mode, but still the news magazine insists they were in the clear, and that they had credible evidence to back up their inflammatory article.

Credible evidence? Wait for it...
Last Friday, a top Pentagon spokesman told us that a review of the probe cited in our story showed that it was never meant to look into charges of Qur'an desecration. The spokesman also said the Pentagon had investigated other desecration charges by detainees and found them "not credible." Our original source later said he couldn't be certain about reading of the alleged Qur'an incident in the report we cited, and said it might have been in other investigative documents or drafts.

I would have been flunked out of Journalism if I'd published something half that sloppy, then jailed for inciting murder, most likely. Still waiting for the backlash on this one.