The press's power--its ability to influence events--is inherent in the practice of journalism; were it not, dictators would have no need to restrict press freedom. But the press's power, especially in a free society, rests on its credibility--that is, on the reader's trust that the press is telling the truth. When the press falls short of that trust, as Newsweek has done here, it diminishes its own power.
Oh the fucking irony. OpinionJournal’s James Taranto, possibly the reason Daniel Pearl had his neck severed, asserting Scott McClellan’s constitutional right to express himself by using the podium of the Presidency to pressure Newsweek
into behaving the way the Whitehouse would like the publication to in the wake of their unconfirmed story about the Quran being shoved in the toilet at Guantanamo Bay. Taranto would know though. He is the festering gonorrhea on the cock of journalism. Perhaps he is simply saddened that such a silly report by Newsweek
could sully America’s immaculate Abu Ghraib reputation.