Jonathan Alter of Newsweek is a nice fellow who makes absurd statements. In an article about the practice of the U.S. military paying for good news stories in the Iraqi press, he wrote in the December 12 Newsweek that “exporting a bunch of budding Jayson Blairs simply feeds the perception of Americans as inept and hypocritical puppetmasters.” Jayson Blair was the plagiarist and faker who wrote for the New York Times. He was fired when his deceptions were uncovered.
Alter should have said it was wrong to export Michael Isikoffs. He’s the reporter who wrote the false Koran-in-the-toilet story. Now why didn’t Alter mention him? He worked?and still works?at Newsweek. He’s a colleague of Alter. Now you know why he didn’t mention him. So it’s easier to pick on Jayson Blair.
I have searched in vain for any evidence in the Alter piece that the U.S. military paid for phony news of the Jayson Blair or Michael Isikoff variety. Lacking such evidence, how can he imply that the stories are false? This was a deception on Alter’s part.
The story was headlined, “The Real Price of Propaganda.” The price was actually $3.95, the price of that issue of Newsweek.
One week later Newsweek followed with its “Bush in a Bubble” cover story about “the isolated president.”
It’s Newsweek and its editors and reporters who are isolated. They are falsely complaining about false news from the military when Newsweek is the perpetrator of the fraudulent coverage.
Can it get any worse than this?
Well, Eleanor Clift also works for Newsweek.
The Alter piece is really a smear of our military. He alleges that our military personnel are writing phony stories when he produces absolutely no evidence that this is true. It is apparent that he just doesn’t want to believe there is any good news about Iraq.
He’s the Jayson Blair.