Newsweek runs a poorly sourced and badly researched story of dubious value. Story sparks riots and recriminations, including 15 deaths. Newsweek says "Our mistake, nevermind" and issues the weakest apology I’ve ever seen:
Thus proving, once again, that far too many of today’s journalists are more interested in shock value and political expediency than accuracy. And not interested at all in the consequences of their reckless and shoddy reporting. I have a current Newsweek subscription that I got for free somewhere. I think it’s time to cancel it.
More background from Insty.
And yes, it is pretty scary that Muslims (or anyone else) would kill and riot in the streets over someone descrating the Koran. But I suspect that it was, as usual with these things, an cynically opportunistic response by ever-scheming clerics looking to shore up their own power with some deadly rabble-rousing.