I might have had a little more respect for them if they had been the first to put forth this opinion, rather than the last.
Assault on the mediaIf there is a concerted effort to subvert the press, oh members of the press, that effort is being led by Dan Rather, Jayson Blair, and Michael Isikoff. And is being followed close on by your sycophantic (and pitifully transparent) effort to suck up to the publishers at the New York Times, LA Times, and Washington Post.
The Newsweek furor smacks of a concerted effort to subvert public confidence in one of the nation's traditional checks on political power: the press.
In the manufactured uproar over a retracted Newsweek story about the alleged desecration of the Quran at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a few inconvenient facts have been conveniently ignored by all the president's men. (link)
What? You don't like it in Roanoke? Can't wait to work for a real paper?
Those three will, admittedly, appreciate your repeating their silly and unfounded allegations but the rest of America sees it for what it really is: a lame attempt at diverting attention away from the debacle soon to be forever known as Koran-in-the-toidy-gate.
And goofy excuses for Newsweek's having killed seventeen people won't fly either.
Newsweek gave the Pentagon an opportunity to fact check the piece before publication, which said a military report had confirmed that interrogators flushed pages of the Quran down a toilet to shake up a Muslim detainee.You want people to believe that the government forced Newsweek to print the article because it took too long to track down the basis for the story? How foolish is that?
Not until 10 days after publication, when the riots turned deadly, did the Pentagon call for a retraction.
But you couldn't leave us with just the foolish or incomprehensible. You had to revert to your classic anti-Americanism.
As U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., points out in a letter to McClellan and published on today's Commentary page, Guantanamo detainees have been alleging exactly such incidents of Quran desecration since at least March 2003.For those of you who don't know the name, John Conyers is a moron who's always taken the side of our enemies, foreign and domestic.
More importantly, what does it say about the editorial staff at the Roanoke Times that they would trust the word of "Guantanamo detainees" (otherwise known as Muslim terrorists) over that of the United States military?
It says they are what they are. President Bush famously said, "You're either with us or you're against us." It's clear which side the Times staff has chosen.