JABbering Stooge

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Forgive Newsweek, Father, for it has sinned.

Let the self-flagellation begin. Newsweek has retracted its May 9th article on the desecration of the Qu'ran at Guantanamo Bay.

I think Keith Olbermann's commentary on the subject stands on its own.

Now, let's recap the places where the infamous "Qu'ran in the toilet" story or something similar has been reported:

  • Neil A. Lewis and Eric Schmitt, "Inquiry Finds Abuses at Guantanamo Bay," New York Times, May 1, 2005

  • James Meek, "The People the Law Forgot," UK Guardian, Dec. 3, 2003

  • Rosa Prince and Gary Jones, "My Hell in Camp X-Ray," Daily Mirror, March 12, 2004

  • Marc Kaufman and April Witt, "Out of Legal Limbo, Some Tell of Mistreatment," Washington Post, March 26, 2003

  • Composite statement: Detention in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Center for Constitutional Rights, August 4, 2004

  • Abdelhak Najib, "Les Américains pissaient sur le Coran et abusaient de nous sexuellement," La Gazette du Maroc, April 12, 2005

  • Haroon Rashid, "Ex-Inmates Share Guantanamo Ordeal," BBC, May 2, 2005

And yet, this is still not enough for the Rethuglicans. I can just imagine the confessional now:

Newsweek: Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.
Scott McClellan: What is your sin?
Newsweek: I published an untrue story about flushing the Qu'ran down the toilet, except that it was all true.
Scott McClellan: I see.
Newsweek: But that's not all.
Scott McClellan: There's more?
Newsweek: Yes, the untrue true story has inflamed anti-American sentiment in the Middle East, except that it really hasn't, according to General Richard Meyers.
Scott McClellan: Your penance is 50 "Hail Marys" and 100 "Democrats are the Spawn of Satan Who Must Be Shot on Sights."

Bartcop is right. This is sure to give the Bush Crime Family total immunity on prisoner torture stories.

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