But it's all Newsweek's fault that the US' reputation has been damaged yet again. Uh, okay. Might as well blame them for Abu Ghraib while we're at it. Yes, we sodomized them with glow-sticks and chained them to tables till they shit themselves, and we've even beaten a few dozen of them to death in custody -- but they really hate us because you might have lied about us flushing the Quran. Yeah, that makes sense.
To their detriment, Newsweek has already fallen all over itself retracting and apologizing and genuflecting. Would that this much energy and effort got expended in, say, investigating and vetting one's sources.
So, despite the comedically inspired "Newsweek Lied, People Died" riffs from the usual 'tarderati, this is simply not the case. Newsweek certainly deserves a swift kick in the ass for reporting something as confirmed when it was not, but that's about it. They jumped the gun. For the current gang of fools running the show, jumping the gun might as well be an official Olympic event.
Let's break this down: either the "knowledgeable source" was telling the truth, or he was lying. This is a factual matter that a government official is not going to be totally "mistaken" about, unless he's just utterly incompetent; either there is credence to some of the allegations, or there isn't. The source wouldn't have stepped forward if he didn't know one way or the other.
So if he was lying, then one assumes he was trying to sandbag some media assholes. On whose behalf would this be done? If the source was telling the truth, then he is now retracting because his superiors found out he talked, and his ass is on the line. Why else does an anonymous source worry about retraction anyway?
Take your pick. Either scenario has Turd Blossom's fingerprints all over it. Hell, it worked on Dan Rather, why not give it another go-round? This is Memogate all over again, a piece which is most likely accurate in substance, savaged for discrepancies in presentation, to the point that the issue itself just gets dropped, and never followed up for veracity or a proper debunking. The hysterical squawking becomes the story.
Finally, even if this turns out to just be a hi-larious series of honest mistakes and blunders by a well-meaning but darned misinformed government tool, where does this administration and its pajamahadeen bobbleheads get the fucking nerve to point the finger? If this is not a case of the proverbial pot making pronouncements about the pigmentation of his kettle counterpart, I don't know what would be.
No, this is just another obvious, lame attempt to kick an already prostrate and co-opted mainstream media into getting with the program. The conservatards are right about one thing -- this episode could be a death knell for the MSM as we know it, but not because of their dishonesty so much as their sheer gutlessness. Why the hell should we stick up for them if they won't even stick up for themselves?
Remember, the Quran story is still being investigated, and as Newsweek reported, no one wanted to go on record confirming or denying. Pretty circumspect behavior over such a supposedly blatant lie.
How much you wanna bet that, if this turns out to be incontrovertibly true after all, every single one of these sanctimonious douchebags will just brush it right under the rug?