Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Patterico on Newsweek

This guy does to the LA Times what I hope to do to the N&O on a smaller scale. Read his latest on the Newsweek scandal.

I commented on his site, but will repeat here:

Having served in the Middle East, the thing that gripes me the most about the Newsweek story (and others like it), is that it damages the military effort in a different way than you think.

The PR damage is serious, but when one of these stories hits hundreds, if not thousands of hours are lost as we have to investigate the charges, file various reports, call soldiers away from their missions etc. I can imagine that right now some poor SPC is inspecting each Koran in each detainee facility to see if any pages are missing. All because of irresponsible journalism.