Its unbelievable that Newsweek would go with an element of the story that they could not validate and which they had to have known would cause an uproar in the Muslim world, not to mention put US soldiers at risk. Of course Newsweek and the rest of the MSM could care less what happens to US soldiers as long as they make the Bush administration and the US military look bad.
At some point the MSM has to stop and ask themselves "who side are we on?"
UPDATE: See here for Howard Kurtz's front page story on the Newsweek fiasco. And here for Evan Thomas's attempt at the "fake but accurate" angle on the story. Moonbat Central has more here.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Now wait a minute, didn't they apologize? Are they wrong? Or are they too damn arrogant to admit that they are wrong? This is beginning to sound like CBS News and Dan Rather. This from the NY Times;
But Mr. Whitaker said in an interview later: "We're not retracting anything. We don't know what the ultimate facts are."
UPDATE 3: Reuters now gets into the act and continues to fan the flames with a little help from their partner MSNBC with this headline; Muslims Skepitcal on Quran Apology, Many believe Newsweek reacted to US pressure.
Jonathan Alter: "Now you say, 'Why are you doing this kind of reporting?' And I guess my answer to that is, that there's really only about eight or ten news organizations in the entire world who do any real digging and everybody else kind of re-chooses what these eight or ten news organizations dig up. I understand why people are very upset about this, we're upset about it as well, but I think the larger question that people have to ask is, do they want news organizations out there trying to dig or do they want to take all their information from the government? And, we are still you know, pretty determined, very determined, to be out there digging."
How about a news organization that reports accurate stories and not made up crap! How about that John? He makes it sound like we should be applauding Newsweek because they reported what turns out to be not true and caused the death of 15 people. Give me a break!
Final Update, maybe; Newsweek has finally officially retracted its fake but accurate and finally fake toilet flushing story.