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May 15, 2005

Weekend Newsflashes

Note to our friends in the Islamic world: Don't believe everything you read in the MSM, and especially don't run out and kill people when you read wild allegations. We don't because they often turn out to be false, or malicious, or maliciously false - malalse, if you will. (That neologism is my tribute to the greatest compound word of all time - traveshamockery.) What's the first indicator that the Newsweek story about U.S. troops desecrating the Koran was false? That's easy... it was in Newsweek. Powerline has a pretty good handle on the whys & wherefores of Newsweek's screwup. For it's part, Newsweek says they had a shaky source talking about the alleged abuses of the Koran, which in fact appear to be a reference to an Al Qaida operative using pages torn from the Koran to plug up a toilet, as a way of protesting confinement at Gitmo. Oops, sorry. Newsweek responds by saying "but wait, there's a lot more unfounded allegations. Here's some of them..." followed by a laundry list of the more egregiously implausible ones. Newsweek is trying hard to protect its reputation here, but the fact is, they went with rumors, and a bunch of people got killed in the subsequent riots. But I'll give Pentagon spokesman Larry Derita, commenting on the source of Newsweek's allegation, the final word here:

"People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said. How could he be credible now?"

Newsweek isn't the only one speaking out of turn and getting in trouble lately. Note to Howard Dean: When Barney Frank says your Tom Delay rhetoric is going over the top, you are way beyond going over the top. You are getting airborne, Robbie Knievel style. Come on, Howie! I don't want your version of Amerikkka to triumph, but as long as you are leading your party into the asylum, the Republicans are acting like pigs at a trough, and getting away with murder. With nobody to police them, it means they aren't dealing with any of the things I'd like dealt with, but rather are focused on doling out more pork to their buddies. It ain't healthy for anybody if one party in a two party system spends four years... another four years... in a long drawn out primal scream. Don't get me wrong - I'm not defending Tom Delay, who looks slipperier right now than an eel that just crawled out of a grease bucket. But this is allegedly a civilized country, and while Kos and the street puppet protestors can get away with rolling in the feces, the chair of a major party is supposed to be above this. While this may help you shore up the base and steal a few votes away from both the Trotskyites and the Stalinists, it prolly won't help with middle America. It ain't the Whiner Republic, pal.

Posted by Blackavar at May 15, 2005 10:55 PM | TrackBack
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This one set me off. Punishment is certainly justified, I will never patronize Newsweek again. I trackbacked with my tongue lashing.

Cordially,

Uncle J

Posted by: Uncle Jimbo at May 15, 2005 11:20 PM

Best comment ever from a buddy at work:

"I hate Newsweek. They're really low quality. But I wish I had a subscription, so that I could cancel it."

Yeah, I'm in a rage about this, actually. One wonders how many deaths will result, going forward, from what will surely become an urban myth in the M.E. and in South Asia.

Posted by: Blackavar at May 16, 2005 10:19 AM
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