Sunday, May 01, 2005
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Newsweek's Michael Isikoff Still in Major Denial Over His Failure

Newsweek Reporter Says He Dropped the Ball By DESMOND BUTLER
One of the two Newsweek journalists behind the retracted article alleging that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Quran at Guantanamo Bay said he dropped the ball by not properly corroborating his anonymous source. Michael Isikoff, addressing the furor in an interview broadcast Monday night on "The Charlie Rose Show," said he regretted the possibility that his article, which has been blamed for violent protests in Muslim countries, may have spurred riots. "It was terrible what happened," he told Rose. "Even if it was just a little bit that we contributed to the violence that went on over there, that was awful, terrible."
"Even if"? Did you say "even if"? You DID contribute to the deaths of 16 people and hundreds of injuries and horrible PR for Bush and the military.
He said that the reporters had provided the article in full to a senior Defense Department official. The official asked for a change of wording on a separate issue, but said nothing about the details concerning the Quran. He and co-author, John Barry had provided his article for review as a precaution, he said, but had erred by not getting positive corroboration on each point in the article by the Pentagon official. Isikoff said that he thought the error had harmed the magazine. "I think it has clearly done some temporary damage," he said. "It's thrown us off our game for a little bit," he said. "I think this will end up being a blip."
A "blip" in your career perhaps, although if Newsweek had some spine, they would have fired you immediately for your lack of "game." It's not a "blip" to those who lost family members, nor is it a "blip" to those who were innocently injured thanks to your drooling greed for a anti-Bush story.