Thursday, May 19, 2005

Cowardice in Journalism Award for Newsweek, Goebbels Award for Condi

Good article from Greg Palast about the recent Newsweek report on a Koran being flushed down the toilet.

He starts by quoting Condi: "It's appalling that this story got out there." Not appalling that desecrating the Koran is an acceptible means of torture. appalling that it was reported.

Donald Rumsfeld also blamed newsweek: "People lost their lives. People are dead."

Palast goes on to remind us that Newsweek did not kill anyone, nor did its report cause killings. People died when the afghan military police (under Rumsfeld's command) gunned down Muslim demonstrators, protesting something which wounded them deeply.

I guess revealing the truth is dangerous when the realities are so horrific. I like how the answer isn't to, um, say, stop committing atrocities, but instead to work harder and harder to make sure atrocities go unreported.

And Newsweek apologized! It's not surprising, just yet another disappointment from the mainstream media.

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