Skip to comments.Newsweek's Victims (MSM Lies Cost Lives)
Posted on 05/16/2005 2:44:56 PM PDT by Cornpone
The Lefts journalistic jihad against the War on Terror inspired the deaths of 16 Muslims, the injury of at least 100 more, the destruction of numerous Western buildings, and untold hatred for U.S. troops stationed in the Arab world with a lie.
The May 9 issue of Newsweek vouchsafed that a new report issued by the Southern Command (SouthCom, which includes Guantanamo Bay) would reveal that, in at least one case, a Gitmo GI attempting to interrogate Muslims flushed a holy book [Koran] down the toilet. Leftist writer Michael Isikoff and partner John Barry cited an unnamed senior U.S. government official as the source for this tiny paragraph, oddly out of place with the larger story in which it was embedded. However, they did due diligence, Newsweek claims, by trying to verify the story with two subsequent officials who, respectively, gave no comment and did not specifically deny the charge. (The latter did not deny it, because he knew little about the report in question.) On the basis of one anonymous source, one no comment, and one non-denial from an uninformed source, Newsweek pressed forward with the damning release.
The trouble began when Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan held a copy of the prevaricating Newsweek story high aloft during a press conference, thundering, This is what the U.S. is doing, desecrating the Koran! Others helped Khan spread the Newsweek scoop. The American soldiers are known for disrespect to other religions. They do not take care of the sanctity of other religions, chimed in Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the pro-Osama chief of Jamaat-e-Islami (Party of Islam), which calls for the Islamization of Pakistan.
Soon riots had broken out throughout the Muslim world, from Malaysia to the Suez Canal, with violent crowds chanting Death to America! and burning American flags and U.S. and UN government buildings. A Palestinian protestor stomping through the Jabalya refugee camp raging, The Holy Koran was defiled by the dirtiest of hands, by American hands. The strongest of uprisings took place in the Afghan mountain town and Taliban-stronghold of Jalalabad, with many demonstrations led by remnants of the Taliban (with its legendary tolerance for other faiths religious symbols).
All the while, the Left jeered knowingly. Howard Deans Blog for America [sic.] gloated over the revelations and the subsequent riots, inexplicably tying the fabricated infraction to Gen. Jerry Boykin.
In an attempt to stop the hemorrhaging, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice issued a strongly worded statement attesting, Disrespect for the Holy Koran is not now, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be, tolerated by the United States. Disrespect for the Holy Koran is abhorrent to us all. Still, 16 Muslims died and more than 100 were injured before the media-inspired hatred came to an end.
And now the writers admit the story was false.
In the newest issue of Newsweek, which hits newsstands today, Editor Mark Whitaker and Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas tell their readers the original source cannot remember where he read the allegation of flushing the word of Allah. This means he cannot verify it is in any government report. In fact, the glossy rag now questions whether the incident ever occurred. While not ruling it out conclusively (proving a negative is logically impossible), Whitaker told Reuters, As to whether anything like this happened, we just don't know. Whitaker tells his own readers, We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst.
Thomas, however, writes a long story about the impact of his publications malfeasance entitled, How a Fire Broke Out, in which he all but pours gasoline on the raging fires of Islamist revulsion. Thomas justifies Newsweeks coverage of the scantily sourced provocation on the grounds that similar reports had been issued by released detainees and al-Jazeera Television. When weighed in that balance, this newest allegation seemed shocking but not incredible.
He then expresses shock this tiny story would touch off violence [a]fter so many gruesome reports of torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. I mean, whats the angry mobs problem: dont they read Newsweek?
Thomas also shifts blame for the widespread Islamic unrest to the government of U.S. ally Hamid Karzai, which, pressed by the United States, shut down domestic opium producers. Besides, Afghan men are sometimes rounded up during ongoing U.S. military operations and many Afghans regard [Karzai] as too dependent on and too obsequious to the United States. Although aware that the State Department feared Islamist riots would topple friendly Muslim governments around the globe, Thomas nearly drafts Osamas Declaration of Independence.
After excusing the backlash his employees story engendered, Thomas rightly notes there is widespread belief the substance of this story was fraudulent. When asked about Michael Isikoffs charges, Pentagon spokesman Lawrence DiRita inquired of his interviewer, People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said. How could he be credible now?
Fully acknowledging the impact of one widely reported anti-Muslim atrocity story, Thomas proceeds to all list two more unverified accounts immediately after this quotation. Thomas cites Gitmo detainee lawyer Marc D. Falkoffs claim that an American serviceman stomped on a Koran and former detainee Bader Zaman Baders avowal that another serviceman threw a Koran in an inmates latrine. (Bader Bader says nightmares still plague him, even though the GI immediately apologized strange behavior from a heartless MP.) Recognizing that his editorial team got nearly a score of Muslims killed in the past week, Evan Thomas all but begs pacified Muslims to resume torching Western aide centers.
Thomas omits the fact that a Pentagon spokesman told Newsweek it had investigated other desecration charges by detainees and found them not credible. Many of these original allegations were popularized by the Muslim Council of Britain, the largest Muslim organization in the UK which, when it isnt calumniating Allied soldiers protecting its host nation from its constituents, stays busy inventing tales of Islamaphobia. The MCB also opposed the war against the Taliban and refused to take part in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, because the event ignored ongoing genocide and human rights abuses around the world and in the occupied territories of Palestine.
Army Colonel Brad Blackner exposed the true provenance of this psychological warfare, noting, If you read the al-Qaeda training manual, they are trained to make allegations against the infidels. Hence, Medea Benjamin and Leslie Cagan made exposing troop atrocities one of the key functions of their Baghdad-based anti-American venture, Occupation Watch. Convicted terrorist lawyer Lynne Stewart similarly counseled her client to claim the Ashcroft Justice Department had denied him his diabetic medication to whip his supporters into a violent frenzy culminating in bloodshed.
Despite a plenitude of false premises, Newsweeks Thomas comes to a true conclusion: More allegations, credible or not, are sure to come, and Such stories may spark more trouble.
Credible or not, it seems likely Evan Thomas and Newsweek will broadcast them to the best of their ability.
1. The aforementioned Marc Falkoff should not be confused with the American Enterprise Institutes homonymic Latin American expert, Mark Falcoff.
Blame the koranimals. Who cares if someone crapped on the book.
1. How many stories about the Clinton Administration did the ever-so-balanced MSM have to retract?
2. Do you think Michael Isikoff would publish anything any of us called up and told him that was not seconded or verifiable?
3. Does Evan Thomas wishes that he and his MSM buddies were able to deliver 17% to Kerry instead of the 15% they claimed they could?
al-Qaeda training manual = Newsweak
Unintended consequences can be a b*tch, eh?
Delivery failed, PERMANENTLY.
I'm sorry, but Michael Isikoff should be charged with a crime of reporting false information.
Information that he knew was not verifiable.
There is no such thing as 'freedom of the press' when it comes to lying.
find later bump
Who you callin' homonymic? Mark Falkoff awmost kilt a man for dat!
like shouting fire in a theater - people are dead
The Lefts journalistic jihad against the War on Terror
No, they aren't against the war on terror. The staff of Newsweek is against the United States and all that it stands for and they enjoy inflicting harm on our country. They are in fact participants, albeit naive ones, in the jihad against the U.S.
We should extradit to Afghanistan Isikoff and the editors of Newsweek who chose to print his story. Then let Afghanistan prosecute them for Negligent Homicide in the deaths of the people there.
It's even worse than that because, by every news account, this thing isn't over and there may stil be more deaths as a result of it.
This guy should be hauled to Jail and charged with sedition, at the very least.
Of all of the times you need a trial lawyer, one of the afghani victims needs to go into NYC federal court and due Newsweak over this and take down this rag for good. It would be better for the wife of a afghani farmer to own this rag for for Evan Thomas to be running it.
Apparently they did.
Not only that, but if they can fire Jason Blair from Time for fabricating stories then Isikoff should be fired immediately and held personally responsible for these deaths.
Who cares if they care? Just proves what babies their society is full of. And how dangerous.
Did he Falkoff a building, or was he pushed?
Problem is, babies with guns and bombs can kill you.
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