Monday, May 16, 2005

Where does Uncle Sam go to clear his name?

Treefrog points this out:

Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article. . . .

Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.

The report sparked angry and violent protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan to Indonesia to Gaza. In the past week it was condemned in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League.

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Oops. Did we say someone flushed a prisoner's Koran? We meant his Korn CDs. Sorry.

At least these reporters aren't irresponsible, like those pajamahadeen bloggers.

You may recall that after Ray Donovan, Reagan's Secretary of Labor, was smeared and his name dragged through the mud, the ethics charges against him were found to be baseless and were dropped. He then asked, "Ok, where do I go now to get my reputation back?" Well, we've all been smeared now throughout the Muslim world, and there isn't a place we can go to fix that. Way to go, Newsweek.

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