Trust-Me Journalism and the Newsweek Retraction
by Jay Rosen
Newsweek says: honest mistakes happen. This was one of those. We feel terrible about what resulted.
Column Right says: A press corps ready to believe the worst about Bush and the military is responsible. They probably saw this as another way to bring him down.
Column Left says: Story with a scant basis? This kind of abuse by interrogators is amply documented. Besides, the riots weren't caused by anything Newsweek did. Ask General Myers.
The White House says: Newsweek, having retracted the story, should begin to repair the damage to our reputation abroad.
I dissent from all these reactions, and I will explain why.
Entire Hyperlinked Essay