Newsweek is mentioned twice in this AP story. Once in a paragraph that begins
The rallies in Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere followed an admission Thursday by U.S. investigators that Islam’s holy book was mishandled at Guantanamo.
and once at the end of the article in this paragraph:
Anti-U.S. sentiment has been running high in Muslim countries since the Newsweek report. The Bush administration blamed it for demonstrations this month in Afghanistan, where more than a dozen people died and scores were injured.
So we’re back to the “the Bush administration blamed it” defense, are we? The AP apparently didn’t get the memo from the Washington Post authorizing the switch to the “the White House, the Pentagon, and others” talking point.
In neither paragraph is it mentioned that these riots were organized specifically in response to the Newsweek report as I noted last week:
Islamic groups in Pakistan have called for international anti-US protest on May 27.
“Islamic groups will hold demonstrations on May 27 across the world to condemn the desecration of Holy Qur’an in the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay,” Qazi Hussain Ahmad, head of coalition of six politico-religious groups said on Sunday.
In fact, that first paragraph I quoted seems to give the impression that it’s yesterday’s reports that sparked the demonstrations.
A simple Google for “Qazi Hussain Ahmad” and Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, the group the AP story writes organized the protests, reveals that he is the president of the group. So it’s the same guy and these are the demonstrations he called for.
Yet no one seems to be making the connection.
UPDATE: It just gets worse.
I think it’s a joke. But I’m not sure it couldn’t happen.
UPDATE 2: Meanwhile:
Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz seems to tell Glenn Reynolds that the MSM is paying too little attention to newly disclosed FBI documents that contained the latest Koran-in-the-toilet allegation