In One Eye
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
I'll leave it to others to discuss the Newsweek/Qur'an flap, but it seems to me at least one thing is noteworthy: This is a not-so-subtle attempt to emasculate the press even more than has already occurred.
When we find out that the "White House says Newsweek took a 'good first step' by retracting its story that U.S. investigators found evidence interrogators at Guantanamo Bay desecrated the Quran, but it wants the magazine to do more to repair damage caused by the article," it's clear that the oligarchs will be satisfied with nothing less than some kind of journalistic hiri-kiri.
Needless to say, the Limbaugh types will be on this like maggots on meat.
The whole episode (and, God knows, it hasn't ended yet) is too typical of a hypocritical executive branch that argues linkage between two apparently discrete events while refusing to admit to any mistakes of its own.