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May 16, 2005
Tim Scheiderer at (703) 683-5004, ext. 126

Newsweek’s Non-Apology Is a Farce And Its Refusal To Retract The ‘Koran’ Story Is a Disgrace

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement reacting to Newsweek’s refusal to retract a false story that sparked riots—15 dead, 100 injured—in several Muslim countries.

“Newsweek is guilty of pushing a false story they knew was unconfirmed but wanted to believe was true, and this time the result was tragic. The Newsweek story is the same CBS/National Guard ‘gotcha’ journalism story all over again, only this time with riots and deaths as the deeply regrettable consequences.

“This is the painful legacy of news organizations whose anti-Bush agenda predisposes them to running negative stories they want to believe are true, even if they have no evidence of their veracity.

“Newsweek is making a terrible story even worse by refusing to retract it, and telling the New York Times: ‘We are not retracting anything.’ This is shades of Dan Rather and CBS continuing to tell the public their National Guard story was true until somebody disproved it.”



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