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Newsweek is apologizing for its report on desecration of the Koran at Gitmo, a report which caused violent protests, resulting in hundreds injured and 16 dead people. All from a report the magainze no longer stands by as accurate and truthful.

What to do about it? Many people probably would like to see criminal charges brought, but none fit, that I can see. It's generally legal to print falsehoods, even outright lies. You could try to prove they intended people to die by their actions, but that would be nigh impossible.

We can't make a new law to punish them, because the Constitution prohibits that. But maybe we can do something about it for next time. Maybe a law that makes it illegal to "print false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government of the United States with intent to defame the said government into contempt or disrepute."

Call it an immodest proposal.

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