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May 16, 2005


From my reading of the NYTimes piece, Newsweek is being defensive and not handling this well. Their professional reputation is at stake, and they're defensive. Big mistake.

I woke up groggy on Saturday and decided to inject some adrenaline directly into my brain with my first visit to Little Green Footballs in six months. Call me twisted. I knew I wouldn't be disappointed, and I wasn't. Amid all the comments about how Newsweek "obviously" made up the story were hundreds saying the Koran OUGHT to be desecrated, and dozens suggesting exactly how this should be done. But the best comment of all was this little gem:

Lets not forget that Evan Thomas, Newsweek's assistant managing editor's grandfather was Norman Thomas, who ran on the Socialist ticket in the 1930s.

Thats all you need to know folks.

Of all the megamedia pundithuggery on this subject today, Bob Novak on Crossfire cracked me up the most, demanding that Donna Brazile agree with him that even if the Koran story were true Newsweek shouldn't have published because it would harm America's image. (She didn't agree with the great patriot.)

This morning on NPR they made the good point that 11 days passed before the WH complained about the report. And apparently Newsweek even ran the story by the Pentagon or White House before it was printed, and they didn't dispute it.

I think what's going to happen is that on some Friday a year or two from now confirmation of this story will be burried in a footnote of some voluminous report, and hardly anyone will notice...except maybe Norman Thomas' commie-pinko grandson.

It's interesting that the Administration is willing to believe that a presumably fanatical Muslim captive would rip pages out of the Koran to stop up a toilet, but says, and I am paraphrasing of course, "no, our guys wouldn't do stuff like that, hence Newsweek lied and people died."

I haven't followed the story today (other than listening to a report this morning on NPR, but as of last night I hadn't seen the administration saying that Newsweek had lied because the desecration hadn't happened, I think they were saying that Newsweek lied because of how they attributed their sources and the credibility of their sources.

Molly Ivins says Don't Blame Newsweek in an article that details the many places the Koran desecration stories have previously appeared.

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