Newsweek RETRACTS but the damage is done

I'm very glad to read that Newsweek has retracted its report of American troops at Gitmo desecrating the Muslim holy book.Sadly, it's way too little, way too late, and while they are retracting they are still insisting that they have been practicing exemplary journalism throughout. But I like what a commenter at Captain Ed's has to say:Contrast this with the media's refusal to show pictures of our fellow citizens jumping out the the world trade center. We were told that such pictures would … [Read more...]

Prove a negative: Newsweek redefines journalism ala Rather/Mapes

Ed Morrissey is steaming about the same thing that really got me going yesterday (you'd have to go allllll the way down to near the bottom of my running thread to find it) that the standards for Newsweek seem to be "prove the negative." Since the Pentagon didn' officially DENY this, then it must be true, hey, let's roll with this story.If you remember, this was PRECISELY the same way Dan Rather shot himself in the foot. He gave the WH three hours to respond to fake documents they'd never … [Read more...]

A soldier’s take on Newsweek’s unsourced mayhem

Got this in my email this morning, from a Sgt in Saudi Arabia. It speaks for itself. Newsweek cannot simply get by with a half-assed apology, not when they are putting our troops in additional danger, making their jobs more difficult and possibly extending the warfront.As one of many thousands of soldiers out here, I just have to shake my head at each new "revelation" drug out by the mainstream media. I have lost friends and family to this fight. I have placed my life and the life of my … [Read more...]

Delivering a message to my Military readers…

I've been meaning to say something to you folks for a couple of weeks. I get some emails from guys in the military, and I often peek and find them reading the blog, particularly in the wee small hours - I'm always especially humbled to see whoever it is that's reading me out of Baghdad - to think that someone whose courage and sacrifice and commitment I so admire is actually reading little old me. I thank you, and yes, it's humbling.I have something to pass on to you - a message. It is a … [Read more...]

Well, they did free those 50 million people…

I love this article by Gerard Baker, from the UK Times Online: What have the Americans ever done for us? Liberated 50 million people...ONE OF MY favourite cinematic moments is the scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian when Reg, aka John Cleese, the leader of the People’s Front of Judea, is trying to whip up anti-Roman sentiment among his team of slightly hesitant commandos.“What have the Romans ever done for us?” he asks.“Well, there’s the aqueduct,” somebody says, thoughtfully. “The sanitation,” … [Read more...]


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