Thursday, May 26, 2005

Gitmo Koran abuses: Everyone looks bad

Why Michael Isikoff ever acknowledged a link between his report on abuses of the Koran at Gitmo and the Afghan riots is beyond me.

Now, of course, we know that, while he was still wrong, he wasn't anywhere near as wrong as some people are making him out to be. At the very least, we know there have been allegations of Koran abuse, which is serious enough in the context of other substantiated abuses of military detainees.

And yet those who have been howling for Isikoff's head are disdainfully dismissing the extensive FBI reports of alleged prisoner abuse.

That's fine for pundits. But why aren't more people outraged by White House spokesman Scott McClellan's (and, by extension, the President's) hypocrisy? When has this administration ever admitted it was wrong, let alone apologized for it? Why does the press get slammed for every misstep, while the administration doesn't even get reprimanded for clear ethical, if not legal, violations?

I really don't want to make this a political blog. I certainly don't want to be lumped in with liberal bloggers (or any well-defined group of bloggers, for that matter). But hypocrisy is one of my serious pet peeves, and I can't stand by without calling the administration on it.

On the other hand, Newsweek's handling of the whole situation hasn't done anything to improve the media's credibility crisis. In this story, everyone comes out looking bad.