Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Newsweek and Cuban Terrorist Re-Cap

As the debate has switched from whether Newsweek screwed up to whether they ought to be banned, the facts about the story's retraction and the numerous other Koran allegations remain the same. Yes, Newsweek caved in to the demands of the White House hook line and sinker. But again, if you read their reports and (now) "retraction," they seem to be sticking by their guns without actually having to stick up for their story. And as (Republican blogger) Andrew Sullivan wrote:

"We have yet to see what's at the root, if anything, of the Newsweek story. But I think it's telling that some bloggers have devoted much, much more energy to covering the Newsweek error than they ever have to covering any sliver of the widespread evidence of detainee abuse that made the Newsweek piece credible in the first place. A simple question: after U.S. interrogators have tortured over two dozen detainees to death, after they have wrapped one in an Israeli flag, after they have smeared naked detainees with fake menstrual blood, after they have told one detainee to '[Expletive] Allah,' after they have ordered detainees to pray to Allah in order to kick them from behind in the head, is it completely beyond credibility that they would also have desecrated the Koran?"

Others have commented on the shameless reversal on whether the Newsweek article was responsible for the Afghan riots - past and future. So-called journalistic experts have come down saying Newsweek should not have printed the story with the second source having been a "non-denial." That is, the press is now expected to go beyond letting the Military review an entire piece (already highly unusual) prior to publication and... just sit on potentially troublesome news... as the US National Interest dictates.

in other news...

We have a new Mayor in Los Angeles.


The Bush Administration did arrest CIA trained Cuban-American terrorist Luis Posada Carilles yesterday. However, early indications are that the Administration is not going to follow law or procedure and extradite him to Venezuela, where he is a citizen and where Courts are seeking his re-trial for the airplane bombing. Invoking a policy of not working with Cuba at all (despite crying about Cuba's lack of coresponding cooperation), nor "countries we believe to be acting on Cuba's behalf," it appears Carriles is off to another 3rd country where he can hide. The other option is trial here in the States and that is just not going to happen in this land where Rule of Law is becoming a bad joke.


Blogger Mark D. Glesne said...

Yeah, Andrew Sullivan is a good Republican like Sen. Zell Miller is a good Democrat. Ha!

10:40 AM  
Blogger The Humanity Critic said...

First off let me say that you have a dope blog. Ok, the white house is so full of crap and the hypocrisy is evident. How are they going to bitch about newsweek using a "unnamed" source when the White House used a "unnamed" source by getting us into this war? Remember the name "screwball"?

5:06 PM  
Blogger Mark D. Glesne said...

According to The Humanity Critic's blogger profile, his interests include:

Hip Hop, Al Franken, Nightlife, Porn, politics, and Bill Clinton

Rap, partying, porn, politics and the porn Clington himself - somehow this seems to epitomize modern liberalism. Matt, you should be proud to have people like "The Humanity Critic" on your side.

Haha. Porn, wow ... grow up Critic.

3:01 PM  

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