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Newsweek sort of admits that they ran a false story that resulted in riots and at least a dozen deaths

This is why I don't trust any news story until I can verify it.

Howard Kurtz writes in the Washington Post.

The deadly consequences of the May 1 report, and its reliance on the unnamed source, have sparked considerable anger at the Pentagon. Spokesman Bryan Whitman called Newsweek's report "irresponsible" and "demonstrably false," saying the magazine "hid behind anonymous sources which by their own admission do not withstand scrutiny. Unfortunately, they cannot retract the damage that they have done to this nation or those who were viciously attacked by those false allegations.

Neither Mr. Kurtz nor the Washington Post are "friends" of the Bush administration. Newsweek fucked up, there is just no other way to say it.

If this were a isolated incident, yes, you could write it off as an bad example. But the major news outlets are more concerned with sensationalism. And if they can make it stick against a President who they think should never have been elected, so much the better.

This isn't a defense of Bush.

But when the supposedly "objective" and "truthful" news outlets go for the racy stories and don't follow their own standards, well, there is a problem.

Posted: Mon - May 16, 2005 at 05:21 AM

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