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May 16, 2005

Without a trace of irony...

By now you have heard of the Newsweek story and the alleged desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay. If not check out the point Professor Cole makes on Informed Comment.

Who knows if this really happened or not - it sounds like it could have, that isn't the point of this post. The point is that now the government is talking about journalism. To wit:

"It's appalling, really, that an article that was unfounded to begin with has caused so much harm, including loss of life," the State Department spokesman, Richard Boucher, said at a briefing in Washington.

Touché Boucher. That is from the NY Times today, referencing the Koran story. Hmm, I wonder what he thought about Judith Miller's WMD articles? I bet they were spot on to him at the time. Funny now that her stories have been proven to be total crap we haven't heard any complaints...

Or this one:

"It's puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story," Mr. McClellan was quoted by Reuters as saying. "I think there's a certain journalistic standard that should be met and in this instance it was not."

Puzzling. Yes, journalistic standards... like having real journalists at your press briefings?

How about this from Scotty:

Mr. McClellan complained that the Newsweek report was "based on a single anonymous source who could not personally substantiate the allegation that was made."

Oh really? Curveball, anyone?

"The report has had serious consequences," he said, according to Reuters. "People have lost their lives. The image of the United States abroad has been damaged."

Crap - our image has been damaged? Here I thought it was the illegal war whose cause was helped along by a supplicant, hoodwinked, fraudulent press corp, the 100,000 plus dead Iraqis and Afghanis, and the tortue and rape of prisoners!

UPDATE: A couple of points are coming out, one that violence in Aghanistan was brewing already. Of course you won't see this mentioned by the State Dept. or the White House.

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