Monday, May 16, 2005

White House blames Newsweek 

For "damaging the U.S. image overseas":
The White House said on Monday that a Newsweek report based on an anonymous source had damaged the U.S. image overseas by alleging that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay.

The May 9 report triggered several days of rioting in Afghanistan and other countries in which at least 16 people were killed.

Newsweek's editor, Mark Whitaker, apologized to the victims on Sunday and 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.

"It's puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "I think there's a certain journalistic standard that should be met and in this instance it was not."

Umm...Let's see what has really damaged the U.S.'s image abroad...

A) The greatly fought, but insanely not-planned aftermath of the Iraq War, which has led to about 100,000 dead Iraqis and 1600 dead(and thousands more wounded for life) U.S. soldiers.

B) Evil Empire-styled secret prisons, where suspects are repeatedly tortured and not allowed a lawyer, who then later turn out to be innocent of most charges. (The sad thing is, because of the secret prisons, I can see how the Koran flushing incident could be true.)

C)A media that doesn't think covering the Iraq War is important enough.

D) Having a President who can't speak English too well (ok, I had to put this one in, but his speaking problems don't help our image either.)


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