In the comments section of a previous post, I pointed out I hadn’t used the “Newsweek Lied, People Died” line and that I didn’t really think that Newsweek intentionally lied about the Koran desecration story.
The commenter responded:
Oops, sorry Murdoc, didn’t notice that you didn’t use the phrase.
Anyway, I also have a beef with that line because I don’t think being wrong is the same as lying, as ACE has said above. However, lots out there seem to be pretending it is, and that Newsweek is being unpatriotic. [emphasis mine]
I don’t think Newsweek intentionally lied, but I NEVER said that I thought they weren’t unpatriotic.
In fact, I finally believe 100% that they are totally unpatriotic.
If you read my first post on this subject, you’ll see that I originally meant to write that Newsweek absolutely should never have published that Koran flushing report EVEN IF TRUE.
Please note that I’m not calling for government or military censorship…I’m calling for Newsweek to act patriotically.
Even if true, publishing that story could have no other effect than to harm American people and interests. Even if true, publishing that report was sure to set back progress in Afghanistan by months or more. They knew this.
They claim not to have known it, but that means they’re asking us to believe that they’re stupid. I DO actually believe that they are, in fact, stupid. But not because of the reasons they give.
To publish that report you would have to not only not support the war and not support the troops, you would have to not support the efforts to rebuild Afghanistan and to not support the Afghans that stand to benefit from the rebuilding.
You would have to not support those things SO STRONGLY that you would be willing to threaten the measurable success that has been achieved thus far. You would be willing to threaten the very lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the lives of American citizens in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the lives of pro-American Muslims in Afghanistan and elsewhere, and the lives of those caught in the crossfire.
All because you don’t like the guy in the Oval Office.
And remember…that’s all true if the story IS TRUE.
They published it even though they couldn’t verify that it was. I consider that to be even more unpatriotic.
The commenter continued:
It is not the purpose of the press to be the govt’s sounding board. Are you suggesting that the Press review with the govt before it comes out with something damaging? Where does one draw the line?
Well, I would suggest that the press review with the government before it comes out with something damaging, if only to verify that it, in fact is true. Especially in a time of war, though, the press has an obligation to the American people, doesn’t it? The common good?
Where does one draw the line?
Running this story has no measurable effect other than to enrage enemies of America, swell their numbers, and steel their resolve. It will cost American lives.
That’s over the line. That’s unpatriotic.
UPDATE: In case you think I’m going overboard on calling Newsweek “unpatriotic”, they are now claiming to have been acting “in good faith“. Not only unrepentant. Acting like they were trying to do good.
UPDATE 2: I reworded that “NEVER said that I didn’t think…” paragraph. Too many negative negatives made me say what I wasn’t saying, or something. I think.