Monday, May 16, 2005

Whitehouse Admonishes Newsweek

The White House said Monday that Newsweek's response was insufficient.

"It's puzzling. While Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refuse to retract the story," said presidential spokesman Scott McClellan. "I think there's a certain journalistic standard that should be met. In this instance it was not.

"This was a report based on a single anonymous source that could not substantiate the allegation that was made," McClellan added. "The report has had serious consequences. People have lost their lives. The image of the United States abroad has been damaged. I just find it puzzling."

Not really puzzling at all, Scott. Let me lay it out. Newsweek, like other sources within the MSM, panders to elements of society that despise the United States and want to see us destroyed. By publishing this story, they simultaneously rile the Muslim world, generating more anti-US sentiment abroad, and outrage the domestic leftists. All with an unfounded, inflammatory article.

A retraction is in order, as well as some resignations or terminations.

Update: More at LGF.