Monday, May 23, 2005

I think Kevin Drum makes exactly the right point regarding Newsweek's continued prostration.
This is like watching Darkness at Noon in real life. Newsweek made a small error in a 300-word blurb a couple of weeks ago, and since then the right-wing media hate machine, like a jackal sensing a rare opportunity for blood, has somehow managed to convince them they bear responsibility for riots in Afghanistan that were staged by extremists who obviously used the Newsweek article as nothing more than pretext.
Newsweek and the rest of the media need to get up off their knees and start fighting back. They've done enough apologizing.
Kevin lists off several of the more egregious examples of abuse that have been documented and are widely known in the muslim world.

The Defense Department did not refute the story, the source had been reliable, and there is a track record of abuse that makes the incident plausible.

Shooting the messenger doesn't change the news.

- Murphy

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