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May 23, 2005

Newsweek in the Toilet

The Newsweek story is a bit old by now, but I don't think we've written about it here at SCO yet, so why not jump in with a few thoughts. First, I can't say that I'm surprised. I've blogged about visceral bias in the MSM before and will continue to blog about it until I find some time to sit down and formulate a more coherent theory supported by analysis of a dataset for a manuscript.

And second, the US Government shouldn't directly censure/censor Newsweek, although I think the DOJ should do whatever it can to help the government of Pakistan and/or the families of those killed in the riots incited by the Newsweek story file suit in US Court against the publication. Okay, I admit that I have no idea whether what I suggest here is possible or even prudent. But, it's my gut reaction after catching up on the story that I had to ignore this week due to finals.

Newsweek did America great harm. For that, they should pay. I suppose Americans should cancel their subscriptions as well, but that should go without saying.

As you may have noticed, I didn't touch on the facts of the story. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please visit just about any of the major bloggers, but I found Daddypundit's couple posts informative to start.

UPDATE: It looks like I’m not the only one who thinks that Newsweek is at risk of legal action.

Posted by Rick at May 23, 2005 06:30 AM

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File suit against an American publication? Newsweek was malicious, reckless, wanton, stupid or whatever you want to call it but don't be stupid and say that our government should facilitate such lawsuits. The people who committed these murders should be held responsible not Newsweek. The only appropriate punishment for Newsweek is a diminution of its credibility.

Be careful what you ask for--you may get it.

Posted by: texasviolinist at May 23, 2005 10:59 AM