Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Where Is Isikoff

Micheal Isikoff lied, at least 17 people have died. He has been nowhere to be seen. He apparently "offered his resignation" over the weekend. It was declined. Newsweek's President spent the morning touring the talking head shows. Isikoff was no where to be seen. He can grovel to his boss, but he cannot face the American people, whose important war on terror he has helped undermind?


Can you find Isikoff here? Who knows. For some reason he is hiding behind his editors.

Newsweek says that it had no lapse in journalistic standards.


Neal Boortz offers this deconstruction as Newsweek's possible journalistic standards:

Might I submit to you that the Newsweek journalistic "standards" bear close resemblance to the following:

1. The Bush Administration didn't rely on faulty intelligence in its move to depose Saddam Hussein; instead, Bush "lied."
2. Any story from an anonymous source critical of a Republican president, no
matter how thinly based or weakly corroborated, must be initially believed as
true and may be reported as such if deadlines are close.

3. Any story from an anonymous source critical of a Democratic president must be initially believed as untrue and should only be published out of a fear that some other news organization is going to publish it before you do.

4. Torture of Muslims is a widespread and accepted part of the U.S. military culture.

5. Virtually all of the detainees being held in Guantanamo are innocent and should be immediately released, perhaps with reparations payments for their incarceration.

6. Every action involving the U.S. military under other than a Democratic commander in chief will, within no less than 21 days, become a "quagmire."

7. There is no legitimate reason for the application of U.S. military force overseas under a Republican president until after the nuclear tipped missiles are actually launched.

8. There is no reason not to apply U.S. military force overseas under a Democratic president.

9. Anti-war activists are prone to tell the truth. Military officials are prone to lie.

10. Reporters never lie, unless they work for The Washington Times or the
Fox News Channel.

11. America is great because of its government, so long as that government is controlled by Democrats.

12. If the United States government is controlled by Republicans, America is not great.

13. Freedom has nothing to do with America's greatness, no matter who is in control of our government.

Yeah. I could go on with the list, but you get the idea. Newsweek had a story that could embarrass the Bush Administration and denigrate our military. Under Newsweek's loose standards the story ran. It fit the template ... that template being that any story critical of the Bush administration, our war effort in Afghanistan or Iraq, or our military must be given every benefit of the doubt.

This story is also well covered by spd rdr at Heigh-Ho and Cassandra (who had a birthday recently - Happy Birthday!) at Villinous Company.


At 3:43 PM, Blogger Jehane said...

Give 'em heck, KJ :)

I think I'm just going to retire and let you and spd savage the media for me.

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Pile OnĀ® said...

I would change #6 to no "more" than 21 days. If I remember right the quagmire began during a sandstorm before the troops even got to Baghdad.

Nevermind the fact that they set land speed records for an advancement of a ground force of that size.

At 5:22 PM, Blogger spd rdr said...

You can tell KJ's got little ones around the house.

"Savage?" Me? Little lady, I won't savage anyone who doesn't want a good savaging. But I would throw Micheal Isikoff to the savages if I could find any and still be politically correct.

At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Rocky Mtn. Lioness said...

*raising hand and waves it excitedly*

I KNOW!! I KNOW!!I found him!
Ya see those 3 yellow column shaped side by sides in the upper, left of center (apropos!) of the picture? He's behind door #2 flushing *pages* of his Qureer & newsweeks credibility)


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