Newsweek’s Isikoff willfully misquoted Gonzales torture memo

posted at 10:54 am on September 18, 2006 by Allahpundit

It must have been willful, no? Even if you’re inclined to blame a copy editor for the missing ellipsis, the question remains: why was he using an ellipsis and not the full quote in the first place?

We all make mistakes. The thing about Izzy is, his mistakes always seem to cut the same way — namely, towards greater “heart-ache” for poor Andrew Sullivan. There’s this, there’s the infamous Koran-in-the-toilet story, and there’s a little noticed but revealing piece he wrote in September 2004 about a prominent “moderate” Muslim cleric who’d been radicalized — pushed to extremism, as it were — by the Iraq war. That cleric? Yusuf al-Qaradawi. I raised enough of a stink about that at the time that we actually managed to squeeze a correction out of Newsweek. Click and scroll all the way down.

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this is ridiculous… should the press be able to misquote and basicaly lie without consequence???

Our Press is loosing more and more of its dignity as time goes on, its out of control…. and THEY need to fix it, not celebrate the stupidity, or we are going to have to.

Romeo13 on September 18, 2006 at 11:03 AM

Signs of desperation. When you can’t print the truth, don’t.

darwin on September 18, 2006 at 11:11 AM

Why are you on the other side, Mike?

Pablo on September 18, 2006 at 11:17 AM

Its been all downhill for him since Lewinski. If Drudge had not broken the story, would we have ever seen it?

Valiant on September 18, 2006 at 11:42 AM

News makers = make it up as you go and chasing the Pulitzer.

New reporters = actually report the news and without bias.

The ratio is pretty poor.

Kini on September 18, 2006 at 12:05 PM

Edited Text:

Michael Isikoff is my favorite Newsweek investigative reporter.

Unedited Text:

Michael Isikoff is my favorite Newsweek investigative reporter to poop on.

fogw on September 18, 2006 at 12:26 PM

Our Press is loosing more and more of its dignity as time goes on, its out of control…. and THEY need to fix it, not celebrate the stupidity, or we are going to have to.

I think they’ve been out of control for some time – with the advent of the alternative media, they are getting called on their B/S more and more. They are truly looking like jack asses (how fitting, since most of them bow down to the jack ass party).

Rick on September 18, 2006 at 12:40 PM

I view everything the MSM writes/says with a critical eye/ear. However, they’ve been doing it for so long, and with such impunity, that they’re taking it for granted that the public is really stupid.

Yesterday was a perfect grand reminder of their shenanigans. I set my alarm for 3:30a.m. (PDT) to note immediate reactions to the Pope’s pronouncement. Since I couldn’t find news here, I switched to the European homepages of a few, some very liberal, papers. Clearly, the titles read “Pope Benedict XVI didn’t apologize” and just expressed regret about the reactions to his university speech. Also saw that the Muslim Brotherhood had accepted the statement as ‘enough’. I read many in their original languages.

Then, I went back to sleep. By the time I got up, everything had converted into PC and nuance. Even the titles and content of the same European papers had morfed dramatically. The words of his speech had morfed even. ‘Minds’ had changed into ‘Souls’, ‘Opinion’ had changed into ‘Thought’. I was disgusted!

It was clearly a global effort on all parts to deviate from his speech, to interpret it to everyone’s whim.

Short of him regretting that he held his university speech at all, Muslims were unhappy. The media was reporting erroneously that it was an apology, without stating the facts accurately. Everyone, even the blogs, were buying into it. So regretful that the truth can’t remain on the surface. It gets repressed by propaganda, idealism, wishful swaying of ignorance.

I’m very depressed for humanity and its progress, or lack thereof.

Entelechy on September 18, 2006 at 1:47 PM

Correction – s/b “wishful swaying or ignorance.

Entelechy on September 18, 2006 at 1:51 PM

Muslims were unhappy

Did they ever stop to think that maybe, just maybe, there are many, many people in this world that are very “unhappy” with Muslim behavior? Why do MSM reports focus so much on our making sure Muslims don’t get mad or upset, or God forbid, “unhappy”? How many Al-Jazeera reports focus on them making us “unhappy”? This is truly sad – the Pope now has to apologize for stating the truth, or else continue to deal with Muslim outrage around the world.

Rick on September 18, 2006 at 2:03 PM