The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, May 16, 2005

Right-wing turns up the heat on Newsweek

The right-wing blogs are going nuts over Newsweek's story. The thing is, most of us have heard of these allegations long before this week. But here's where the stomach-turning irony comes into the picture-- White House Spokesmonkey Scott McClellan has jumped onboard to fire up the base and keep the bile flowing:

"It's puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "I think there's a certain journalistic standard that should be met and in this instance it was not."

"The report has had serious consequences," McClellan said. "People have lost their lives. The image of the United States abroad has been damaged."

"It has certainly caused damage to the credibility of the media as well, and Newsweek itself," he added later.

The neo-fascists' conclusion? Newsweek is responsible for America's bad reputation in the Middle East. Just remember this: war doesn't cost people their lives-- the free press does.