While I normally agree with blogger James Bow, I think he screwed the pooch on this one (emphasis added):
Witness the right wing blogs that leapt on this story and propagated the lie across the blogosphere and who now seem reluctant to admit their mistake. Witness the glee that left-wing bloggers are having shoving this mistake down the throats of their right-wing breathrens. Witness the vicious personal attack the otherwise personable Warren Kinsella of the Post makes on Antonia Zerbiasis of the Star for examining this story in detail.
And through it all, we seem to have forgotten that the Post made a mistake, and erroneous information was splashed across the front page. The search for truth has slipped into second place for both wings of the blogosphere as they alternately seek to score political points or cover their backsides.
Sorry, James, but the reactions from opposite sides of the blogosphere are not even remotely comparable in terms of justification. What the Post did was howlingly unacceptable for two glaring reasons.
First, given the charged political atmosphere these days regarding Iran and their alleged nuclear program, you'd have to be thoroughly retarded not to understand that suddenly, from out of nowhere, comparing them to Nazis and suggesting that they're trying to redo the Holocaust is obscenely explosive. It's precisely the kind of thing that plays into the hands of the same neo-con whackjobs who demonized Saddam Hussein in order to make the invasion of Iraq more palatable and emotionally satisfying.
That this sort of front-page story would drive the right-wing nutbars completely berserk was entirely predictable, so the Post doesn't get to pull that kind of shit, then try to make it better later with, "Oops ... heh heh ... my bad." That just doesn't wash.
More to the point, the Post didn't even come up with an acceptable retraction. What we saw instead, was that that story suddenly disappeared down the memory hole. Whoops, sorry, um ... nothing to see here, move along, hope nobody noticed that little faux pas.
That sort of crap doesn't cut it. When you've just splashed that kind of inflammatory headline across six columns of your front page, quietly deleting the online story later and hoping no one notices is not an acceptable about-face.
If you want to get into some kind of deep, philosophical dicsussion on moral relativism, James, feel free. But don't even think of suggesting that one of these things isn't a worse offense than the other.