Let's see if I have this straight.
- Spc. Charles Graner faces up to fifteen years in prison for putting panties on a terrorist's head at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison.
- Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker goes to print with a bogus story about Guantanamo prison guards flushing a Koran down the toilet, a direct result of which were the deaths of 15 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he gets ... interviewed on every network news show on television.
I'll bet there is some sense to be made of the relative fairness here. Yes, I'll just bet there is.
Newsweek Retracts Story on Quran Abuse
By SETH SUTEL AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Newsweek magazine, under fire for publishing a story that led to deadly protests in Afghanistan, said Monday it was retracting its report that a military probe had found evidence of desecration of the Quran by U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay.
Earlier Monday, Bush administration officials had brushed off an apology that Newsweek's editor Mark Whitaker had made in an editor's note and criticized the magazine's handling of the story.
Protests broke out across much of the Muslim world last week after Newsweek reported that U.S. investigators found evidence that interrogators had flushed a copy of Muslim's holy book down a toilet in an attempt to rattle detainees. The violence left about 15 dead and scores injured in Afghanistan.
"It's appalling that this story got out there," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said as she traveled home from Iraq.
"People lost their lives. People are dead," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Capitol Hill. "People need to be very careful about what they say, just as they need to be careful about what they do."
Following the criticism, Whitaker released a statement through a spokesman later Monday saying the magazine was retracting the article. (link)