Glenn Reynolds thinks that Abu Ghraib is being overemphasized.
Maybe it is, but that doesn't change the fact the actual occurrence of Abu Ghraib is still a bigger deal than Newsweek putting information in a story that wasn't vetted as well as it should be. Moreover, I don't think that Newsweek actually ever said that people didn't flush the Qu'Ran, just that they couldn't confirm that it was mentioned in a report.
"But while I think that what happened at Abu Ghraib was bad, and that it should be punished, and that Koran-flushing (if it had happened) would have been bad, though not torturous, I don't think it's terribly important compared to the war as a whole..."
Then neither is the Newsweek story that important. The only reason that I care at all about whether or not he Qu-Ran flushing happened is because there are people who want to punish Newsweek for reporting on the allegation. If it turns out to be true, than Newsweek's report is not such bad reporting, and the only criticism would be that they should have covered it up, as others have said.
That is all.