Monday, May 23, 2005

Jay Rosen: Trust-Me Journalism and the Newsweek Retraction

Trust-Me Journalism and the Newsweek Retraction
by Jay Rosen
Press Think


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.

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