Iowa Congressman Steve King says “Newsweek” magazine showed a bias in printing an unsubstantiated report that claimed the Islamic holy book, the Quran, had been desecrated. The reported prompted deadly riots in Afghanistan. He says, “It was something that they’ve now admitted wasn’t a fact. They couldn’t substantiate it as a fact. They were willing to accept it as a fact and I believe the reason is that they wanted it to be true. I’ve seen the pattern too many other times to think otherwise. They will have to come clean with this, and there will be a price to pay. It’s part of the credibility of the mainstream media.’King, a republican from Kiron, says he doesn’t blame the deaths caused by the rioting on Newsweek. He says, “But I do say they have a responsibility to the truth, and they should be looking for people on their editorial board that better reflect the vision of America rather than the elitist liberal view that seems to be on the editorial board of Newsweek.” King says the Newsweek situation furthers recent problems in the media. He says, “There’s a certain pattern that exists in some of the mainstream media that lended itself to the reporter for the New York Times being fired from his job because of fabrication, to Dan Rather being pushed out of his job because of him being to eager to believe something that he wanted to believe. And now this article that has by some measurement cost the lives of 15 people in the streets of the Arab world.” King represents the fifth congressional district in western Iowa.
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