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Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek retracts Koran-flushing story

Newsweek has flipped on its Koran story, moving from a mere expression of regret to an outright retraction of its story:
Newsweek on Monday retracted a story alleging interrogators at Guantanamo flushed the Koran down a toilet in front of detainees. "Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay," editor Mark Whitaker said in statement released Monday evening.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman called the report demonstrably false, and that investigators at the FBI and the Southern Command have not found any evidence to support it. SouthCom is based in Miami and oversees operations at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. "You can't go back and undo or retract the damage that has been caused not only to this nation, but to those who have been attacked, injured or killed as a result of these false allegations," he said.
Will Newsweek take the heat and let this story die, or will it go for the "fake but accurate" strategy that worked so well for CBS News? Time will tell, but I suspect the blogosphere isn't done with this one just yet.


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