Search the Archive

"Newsweek" Koran Controversy / Riots / Retraction #790122

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 16, 2005
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio: Brian Williams) “Newsweek”’s retraction of its story alleging that US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay prison desecrated a Koran, leading to deadly riots in Afghanistan, recalled.

(Washington: Pete Williams) The political damage from the “Newsweek” story examined; scenes shown of violent anti-US protests; details given of accusations that the US government pushed “Newsweek” into its retraction. [White House press secretary Scott McCLELLAN, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD – comment on the impact of the article.] [From Al Jazeera, Pakistan parliament member Qazi HUSSAIN-AHMED†- says the “Newsweek” report was not the only evidence {of desecration}.] [New York University professor Barnett RUBIN†- comments on other reasons for the protests.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Taped interview held with “Newsweek” editor Mark Whitaker† about the incident. [WHITAKER – comments on the use of unnamed sources; talks about whether people will be fired; says Muslim extremists deliberately tried to stir up trouble; speculates on the impact on mainstream media; expresses sympathy for the lives lost.]

Williams, Brian;
Williams, Pete

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.