. . . Monday May 16, 2005

The Wrong Crazy

So the latest media v adminstration firestorm is sweeping across the airwaves (and the world). An overview:

The report in Newsweek’s May 9 issue said that investigators probing abuses at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay found that interrogators “had placed Qurans on toilets, and in at least one case flushed a holy book down the toilet.” It sparked protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan, India, Indonesia and Gaza.

But Newsweek said Sunday the report might not be true.

Is this about Newsweek and the way the media covers an administration and what responsibilities members of the media have to get big stories right? Yeah.

Was it certain the White House would pile on this story goof. Yeah. And they had every right to do so.

But let’s not miss the bigger picture here.

Sixteen people were killed in riots because of story indicating that a book was tossed in the toilet.

Is anyone else going to point out the fact that the broader message of this entire debacle is that, among segments of the population in certain countries, there is an increasingly dangerous level of cultural insanity?

Concentration is important!