WASHINGTON—Accuracy in Media (AIM) said today that blood is on the hands of Newsweek magazine for its unsubstantiated “Koran in the toilet” story that sparked anti-American global riots. AIM editor Cliff Kincaid said that, “Sixteen people were killed and more than 100 were wounded as a result of Newsweek’s rush to get this story into print. But nobody at Newsweek has been fired or even reprimanded.”
Kincaid said Newsweek’s correction will never catch up with the original false report and that countless Americans may die as a result. Newsweek has also done enormous damage to the cause of democracy in the Middle East, he added.
AIM noted that Newsweek is owned by The Washington Post company and that Post chairman Donald E. Graham has a duty to clean house at the newsweekly.
Ironically, noted Kincaid, Newsweek assistant managing editor Evan Thomas has been teaching a course at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government on “the ethical, moral and practical issues that recur in news delivery.”
Kincaid commented, “It looks like he flunked his own course.”
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.