Monday, May 16, 2005

Irony of the Day

From the New York Times:

The White House and State Department said today that Newsweek should do more than apologize for publishing a small item on May 9 saying the Koran had been desecrated by American guards at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an item linked to riots in Pakistan and Afghanistan that led to the deaths of at least 17 people.

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“It’s puzzling that while Newsweek now acknowledges that they got the facts wrong, they refused to retract the story,” Mr. McClellan was quoted by Reuters as saying. “I think there’s a certain journalistic standard that should be met and in this instance it was not.”

You’ve got to be kidding. Getting advice from Scott McClellan on standards of journalism is like getting advice on modesty from Gypsy Rose Lee. operatic singing from Britney Spears. childrearing from Michael Jackson.