Sunday, May 15, 2005
Newsweek admitted today that it had basically made up a story about a Koran being desecrated in Guantanamo in front of prisoners as a means to inspire cooperation from them. The problem with this nice little piece of journalism is that it is solely responsible for mass riots in several countries resulting in the deaths of 16 people and injuries to more than 100. The story allegedly came from 1 unnamed "government" source and Newsweek rushed it out with another "gotcha" gleam in their collective eyes. I'm sure there were visions of Pulitzers dancing in their heads. Only one problem for Newsweek, it never happened! As Americans I think we all realize that a free press is an essential element to maintaining governmental discipline and serves as a voice for the people However, the mainstream media of today too often go way past that ideal and abuse this freedom to advance an ideology that is not pro American nor helpful to our own interests. This recent episode by Newsweek further demonstrates that the American "MSM" is more interested in sensationalizing stories, even if that means to embellish or fictionalize them, in an effort to advance its corporate stock price than just by telling the truth and promoting American interests. I think the MSM is made up of liberals who have swallowed the moral relativism BS promoted in journalism schools and want to think of themselves as having a world first attitude rather than, America first. Let's face it, if this generation of "Blame America first" journalists were around for World War II we would never have won and we would either not be here or we'd be speaking German! Obviously the answer is not to have any agency or group sensor news organizations, but rather for the rest of us to simply not buy their crap - either on the newsstands or on the TV, just shut them off. I think the friends and families of those injured and killed in the riots caused by Newsweek's fine journalism might agree.