Monday, May 16, 2005

Not quite "Deep Throat"

Michelle Malkin has a partial transcript of this morning's Don Imus show where Newsweek's Howard Fineman likens the tragic, imaginary Koran flushing debacle to Watergate investigative reporting!

Howard Fineman: "Well you know, there all kinds of ways this works. And I know that from the days of Watergate and "All the President's Men", the notion of two sources on a story has become the popular dogma about how you confirm something. And there is a lot of truth to that, but there are all kinds of ways to check to the extent that you can, a story that you get. And even in "All the President's Men" you may remember the scene where they have a guy on the phone and they say 'Alright, we'll count down to 10, you know from 10 to zero and if you don't hear otherwise then, whatever.'"

Imus: "That was a movie."


Oh this is terrific! He later goes on to praise Newsweek for their diligent investigation into this matter.

What? How about some diligent reporting in the first place???

It has to be said:

If a person with a true love and respect for their country and their military hears a report that military inquisitors had flushed pages of the Koran down the toilet in front of prisoners to get a rise out of them, they would not initially believe it and would require concrete proof before dangerously reporting the item to the world.

But a person with a pre-disposed suspicion, or worse, an animus toward their country or military would be quick to believe such a thing and would not hesitate to publish it knowing that it would damage the country and our efforts in the Middle East.

Dennis Prager said it best this morning: The people at Newsweek either knew this item would cause violence and mayhem and they should be fired for printing it, or they had no idea that this would cause an uproar on the Arab Street and they should be fired for being such ignoramuses!

Either way: Someone needs to lose their job.

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