Newsweek retracts Quran story. I hate talking with college journalists. They show up or call me and want me to talk about some library related event. And the next day, I am always misquoted in the paper. This happened repeatedly to me at Michigan State University and it has happened to me twice at Central Michigan University. I know where these students go when they graduate. They must work for Newsweek!
The above is unfair to Newsweek. The problem is with journalism as a whole. This is why we are constantly seeing cases such as Jayson Blair at the New York Times, Stephen Glass at the New Republic, the CBS fake Bush National Guard story, and now this Newsweek fiasco.
Unfortunately, too many journalists will not let the facts stand in the way of a good story. And in this case, this has resulted in the deaths of at least 15 people in Afghanistan. It also has helped to fuel anti-American sentiment by helping the terrorists get more untrue propaganda in a time of war.
Let's start expecting more from our journalists. And the next time I am misquoted by the campus paper, I am going to scream and make a scene. The sooner that journalists learn that being factually accurate is important, the better for all of us.