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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

NewsWeak 

This one hurts, because I've always sort of liked Newsweek and The Washington Post. They are bias, yes, but not in a disgustingly obvious way like CBS or The New York Times. However, this false story they printed about flushing the Koran down the toilet is far worse than anything ever done by a mainstream media outlet before.

I think this theoretically reaches the level of Treason, although much like the Hanoi Jane incident of Vietnam, I think that it is politically wiser not to try to bring up such charges.

Drudge has an exerpt from a press conference earlier today, where the Press aggressively berated Scott McLellan. Now, you need to look at this from the press corp's point of view. Since 9/11, if not earlier, they have honestly believed that the Bush White House has yearned to repeal the Free Speech clause of the First Amendment. With McLellan suggesting to Newsweek that they try to report some positive news, the press seems to be worried that Bush will try to exert influence over them.

Now, this is not the first time that Washington Post/Newsweek has used a single, unconfirmable source for a dangerous story. The Washington Post's greatest claim to fame is unravelling the Watergate Scandal that brought down Richard Nixon's presidency. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein got their scoop by a mysterious informant known only as Deep Throat. This story brought down a presidency by giving credence to a popular conspiracy theory; one that ultimately proved to be true. However, another conspiracy theory throughout the years is that there was no Deep Throat, that The Washington Post invented Deep Throat to make the administration crack. If this is true, is it possible that the Washington Post Company may have tried the same strategy again, on the only president they've distrusted as much as they distrusted Nixon?

All wackiness aside, this has had powerfully bad consequences. Pakistan, one of our most valuable allies in the War on Terror, was rioting in the streets. This is a Muslim nation with a coup-happy populace and a nuclear arsenal. We cannot afford to poke this bear.

Afghanistan also freaked out. If Democracy in Afghanistan falls, the War on Terror is over, and we have lost.

Even if this story were true, it would be morally reprehensible to report this story. To make it up is beyond treasonous.

To disrespect the Koran like the United States was accused of would have been Sacrilege, and even an infidel like me was deeply offended that we would have done such a thing. To make up such a story is an even greater Sacrilege.

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