Monday, May 16, 2005

Sorry Don't Feed the Bulldog, Newsweek

NEW YORK (AP) - Newsweek magazine has apologized for errors in a story alleging that interrogators at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran, saying it would re-examine the accusations, which sparked outrage and deadly protests in Afghanistan.

Fifteen people died and scores were injured in violence between protesters and security forces, prompting U.S. promises to investigate the allegations. After Muslim leaders in several countries assailed the U.S. over the allegations, Pentagon officials blamed Newsweek for the flare-up and accused it of "irresponsible" reporting.

Two thoughts come to mind. The first is along the lines of Fr. Tharp's non-linear response. The second is that for all the progress made in Afghanistan, we can still see the amount of work that remains to be done if an old media outlet can incite such deadly outrage there.

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