- “People are dead because of what this son of a bitch said. How could he be credible now?“
Pentagon spokesman Lawrence DiRita, on the anonymous source behind Newsweek’s Periscope item. Said “son of a bitch” has since recanted his story, leaving Newsweek with some serious ass-exposure, considering 15 people died (and scores were injured) in riots throughout the Middle East in the wake of the story.
Bully to Newsweek for taking a third hand report from an anonymous source because it confirmed their pre-existing suspicions, and running it without proper fact checking. Bonus points for employing the CBS strategy of running a report (right before release) in front of a government official and treating their lack of outraged denial as proof that the story was true.