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"Newsweek" Koran Controversy / Riots / Retraction #790122

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 16, 2005
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(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.]

Reporter(s):
Williams, Brian;
Williams, Pete
Duration:
00:05:20

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