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Newsweek Magazine KILLS 16 People

By maxwell edison ·
"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."

http://reuters.myway.com/article/20050516/2005-05-16T002959Z_01_N15405868_RTRIDST_0_NEWS-RELIGION-AFGHAN-NEWSWEEK-DC.html

The longtime icons of the media, Newsweek, the New York Times, and CBS (and others) have all erred -- some intentionally -- in almost an unforgivable way. How can people continue to trust these sources? But people continue to do just that.

If there's anyone left who does not believe that an extreme left-wing bias exists in the main-stream media, and one that is literally trying to shape political outcomes, they've had their heads in the sand.

And now 16 people are dead as a result.

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by jbaker In reply to Newsweek Magazine KILLS 1 ...

And they have the audacity to believe that saying "Oops, sorry. While we have not been able to prove that this happened, we have not proven that it did not." Yet at least 16 people died, and there have been riots around the workd because of this BS that they printed. Whatever happened to accountability? And whatever happened to the media checking its sources and the veracity of a story before printing it.

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Is sadly ironic isn't it...

by TomSal In reply to

We (IT professionals, business people, etc.) are accountable for mistakes we make in our jobs. I don't know if any of you work in a life saving business, I do not. My point is, I'll get reamed from here to forever if something like a backup fails over night because I forgot to check something -- yet no lives are at stake in my company. The worse thing is "only" financial implications.

Meanwhile, Newsweek's err in their job and 16 + die resulting from their error and they can just say "oops..sorry". And that's ok?

Here's a test...next time *YOU* make a mistake -- just tell your boss "oops sorry" and see the result?

get my point?

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Religious Freaks

by Dr Dij In reply to Is sadly ironic isn't it. ...

killed the people.

And those who incited the riots are out-of-control immams. They are responsible for the deaths. Perhaps another immam could issue a fatwah against them for this.

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But, it's so much easier to blame the manufacturer, ...

by deepsand In reply to Religious Freaks

than to blame he who pulled the trigger.

Besides, the manufacturer has deeper pockets.

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Footnote: turns out Newsweek printed the truth

by Dr Dij In reply to

turns out the Pentagon admitted that many of the allegations of prisoner abuse were TRUE!

So now, instead of being 'Liberal Media', they are "Free Press" helping rein in an out of control military, and preventing human rights abuses, principles this country was founded on.

Someone who prints the truth is in no way responsible for zealots who riot. Words can kill, huh?

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Bottom line is even if it WAS true

by jdclyde In reply to Newsweek Magazine KILLS 1 ...

how would that benifit ANYONE by reporting something that you KNOW will start the violence back up again?

This goes back to whatever is bad for the current administation is good for the rabbid left, even if it is the rabbid left that egged it on.

There used to be a time when people didn't look and print EVERY bad thing because it WASN'T in the best interests of ANYONE to print it. It just makes matters worse. And then to find out it wasn't true in the first place makes it even worse. They "talked" to someone at the pentagon, oh give me a break.

Families of the victoms should take newsweek to court for inciting a riot, which is EXACTLY what the b@stards did.

Newsweek, you killed these people. Happy?

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victims taking Newsweek to court

by jck In reply to Bottom line is even if it ...

I would agree that should happen...as soon as the families of all those victims from all over the world that have been beheaded on Al Jazeera and other Arab networks have gotten their remuneration.

I guarantee if there was no outlet for terrorists to get fame, they'd slow down...they get a kick out of seeing their name on the news...so, the Arab networks are essentially feeding the fire just as much as Newsweek did...just a different flavor of the same old sh*t

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Freedom of the press.

by TonytheTiger In reply to Bottom line is even if it ...

Freedom should be linked with responsibility and accountability.

The main things I see wrong are:

Anonymous sources. They shouldn't be allowed. How can anybody verify the information? How do we know there even IS a source?

Failure to be objective. I don't mean by how they report. I can weed through their slant, what I mean is in their choice of what is reported. By purposely reporting some things but not others, they can shape public opinion (and in some cases their actions) in ways that could be different than if the public had the whole story.

I don't know the answer.

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You missed your own point

by jdclyde In reply to Freedom of the press.

responsibility.

If you have a story that will cause a riot, do you report it anyways or do you leave some of the most inflamatory parts out?

These people died because someone TOLD them that this had happened. This was not backed up with ANYTHING. This is tabloid journalism at it's best.

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So they're telepathic?

by Dr Dij In reply to You missed your own point

so they know somehow mystimagically that this will cause a riot? And we should censor the press (if it had been true) just because someone might be angry over a story?

put the blame where it belongs, the immams who whipped up the religous freaks (anyone of any religion who would riot in the name of religion) to a mob frenzy.

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