WASHINGTON — Accuracy in Media (AIM) today blasted the major media’s warped coverage of a Pentagon report finding “no credible evidence” that U.S. personnel ever “flushed” a Koran down a toilet.
“Rather than set the record straight, once and for all, on the bogus nature of the Newsweek Koran-in-the-toilet story,” said AIM editor Cliff Kincaid, “our major papers emphasized minor, trivial and inadvertent cases of ‘mishandling’ the Koran.
The Washington Post headlined the story, “Mishandling of Koran Detailed,” and The New York Times ran, “Inquiry by U.S. Finds 5 Cases of Koran Harm,” over its account. Kincaid said, “The real story continues to be that Newsweek disgraced the journalism profession by publishing a sensational and provocative allegation with no basis in fact.”
Meanwhile, Newsweek’s false account is still generating anti-American protests around the world. Reuters news service reports that thousands of radical Islamists rallied across Pakistan to protest “against alleged desecration of the Koran by U.S. forces at Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.” One banner said, “We condemn sacrilege of the Koran by the U.S. extremists,” while protesters burned effigies of President Bush, Pakistani President Musharraf and Afghan President Karzai. In Malaysia, the news agency reported that protesters burned the American flag “to show displeasure over reports of Americans desecrating the Koran.”
“Newsweek has made it more dangerous to be an American,” said Kincaid.
Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.