Talk about closing the barn door after the horse has run away, broken a leg, and been beheaded by a raving mob:
Newsweek magazine, under fire for publishing a story that led to deadly protests in Afghanistan, said Monday it was retracting its report that a military probe had found evidence of desecration of the Quran by U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay.
Earlier Monday, Bush administration officials had brushed off an apology that Newsweek’s editor Mark Whitaker had made in an editor’s note and criticized the magazine’s handling of the story.
Protests broke out across much of the Muslim world last week after Newsweek reported that U.S. investigators found evidence that interrogators had flushed a copy of Muslim’s holy book down a toilet in an attempt to rattle detainees. The violence left about 15 dead and scores injured in Afghanistan.
As of yet, there’s been no public word from the bogus story’s authors, Mike “Spikey” Isikoff and John Barry. Since I haven’t read anybody else saying it yet, I’ll jump up and be the first: they should be fired, at a bare minimum. The editors who allowed the bogus story to run should be fired. Richard M. Smith, the editor-in-chief of the magazine, should resign in disgrace, or be fired himself.
Want to know why I think all that? Even if you put aside the sixteen dead people (and you can’t, and shouldn’t), my own brother-in-law is stationed in Afghanistan, and thanks to the above ass clowns, his job just got a whole lot harder and more dangerous.
Nice work, Spikey. Proud of yourself?
Yeah, all those wonderful credentialed “journalists” and “editors” in the MSM. Great people you got there. Very professional and careful. I’m sure Steve Lovelady and his ilk will be out there defending them all, tooth and nail.