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Friday, May 20, 2005

Newsweek Did Not Retract As Claimed By Media

Let me touch up on the Newsweek scandal once again. If you are to believe everything that has been reported in the media, Newsweek magazine has apologized, retracted from its story, basically done everything except go back in time and prevent the story from being printed. Not so, Newsweek has not retracted its story, only the part that claims the Pentagon had confirmed them. Go to Newsweek.com and check for yourself. What did I say in my first comment about this? The Pentagon will never confirm or admit any involvement in the issue. Newsweek most likely made a mistake a la Dan Rather by jumping the gun before having all the verifyable facts. But the idea that this story was the sole reason for the outbreak of violence in Afghanistan last week is ignorant and stupid. These allegations served as a catalyst for the entire incident, and had Newsweek not printed the story it was only a matter of time before something else was used as an excuse to protest against us. Allegations regarding the desecration of the Quran, humiliating interrogation methods and sexual abuses have been around since the beginning of the war, this is nothing new. The complete dismissal by the Bush Administration is a farse. There are probably some truths to these allegations, but as far as the public will be told, they are false. Who knows, maybe the media will grow some ****s and go after the story like Woodward and Bernstein did in the early 70's.

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