16 May 2005

Media Bias Kills 17 and Counting...

Today, Newsweek magazine finally formally retracted the story that claimed that US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay flushed a copy of the Quran down a toilet. Why are they doing this? Not political pressure, they've realize what they've done. Their Bush bashing ways actually led to the killing of 17 people to this point and that number is rising. As a citizen of this country, I believe that there are operations that this government has a responsibility to engage in that the American people don't need to know about. Journalists have a responsibility to investigate the truth. But equally, a responsibility to the people of this country not to report information that they may uncover that;1) isn't 100% true, 2) causes violence against any sector of the population, 3) causes undue violence in any sector of the world, & 4) doesn't reveal national security sensitive material. Newsweek caused riots in foreign countries by their zeal to uncover dirt on the current administration. One may say that this story was a ploy to scoop other news sources and sell more magazines. I subscribe to the theory that Newsweek is part of the MSM's assault on Conservative thought. The anti-Conservative mantra of those MSM outlets who attempt to shape the opinions of the majority of Americans, is so infectious, that common sense has taken a back seat to the goals of the movement. Knowing the volatile nature of the Islamic world, Newsweek went ahead with a story that had potential to erupt the middle east into a blazing inferno. And it did. As of the time of this writing, 17 people are dead and scores more injured because this magazine failed to use prudent restraint in reporting this information. Then they come forth with a so-called apology which did nothing to ease the tension. Offering an excuse that they attempted to confirm the story through 2 Pentagon officials 1 of which declined to speak on the matter. The other, outright telling them a portion of their story was untrue so they didn't print it. But because this official didn't deny the Quran desecration, they assumed it was true. You know what happens when you assume don't you?
Not only did they make an ass of themselves and the rest of us, they've killed. Information which leads to the murder of anyone is contributing to the murder. So in that sense, Newsweek's editorial staff needs to be held accountable for these deaths and injuries. And at the top of the chain of culpability is the un-named source who brought this information to Newsweek. Chances are that they sold this story to the magazine. And if that is the truth, profiting from information which leads to the deaths and injuries of others is also contributing to these deaths and injuries. Newsweek should be compelled to release the name of the source of the story and charged. Then the source should be charged as well. And not in the United States. In the countries where the deaths occurred. By sending these parties to the country of the scenes of these murders and injuries, they would be subject to the judicial authority of those countries. And maybe, just maybe, the MSM might tone down their rhetoric. Maybe, just maybe, the MSM might be more fair & balanced. But I won't hold my breath. Help Put A Stop To The Most Dangerous Organization In America. We are trying to organize a march on all of the ACLU state offices in all of the 50 states. To help in this matter, we are trying to raise money to pay for advertising in our nation's newspapers promoting the march. You can help. Visit Bulldoze The ACLU online store and buy a bumper sticker or t-shirt. All of the proceedes will be going into advertising for this march. Thank You.


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