Newsweek dove in with the best of them last week to smear the Marines regarding Haditha. Its readers, apparently, weren't buying it:
Readers, while deeply troubled by our June 12 report on the alleged civilian massacre in Haditha, overwhelmingly chose to stand by the Marines. One said, "These Marines deserve every presumption of innocence until all the facts are in." Another added, "Our soldiers are not Hollywood action heroes but human beings subject to the whims of their chaotic environment and military leaders." [Emphasis mine.]
Interestingly, though, the very first letter they publish on the subject is one lavishly praising Newsweek for its coverage which will increase trust amongst Iraqi citizens. (I'm confused. I thought they trusted us less when our own praise constantly calls our own military "baby killers.") Indeed, all of the letters Newsweek chose to publish assume the Marine's guilt. Some say it's inexcusable, some excuse it. This is rather peculiar, since Newsweek itself told us it got letters talking about the presumption of innocence (see the text I quoted, above). It's just that Newsweek apparently isn't going to publish those letters. Apparently it's fine to summarize them, just not to include them. Hmmm….