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Washington Post Ombud Admits They Blew It

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by zeke12, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/07/AR2007120701799.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    I avoided posting anything about this story when it first came out because, frankly, calling more attention to it would be complicit in its deliberate attempt to repeat things that are false.

    But after having been blasted by their own editorial cartoonist, a bunch of respected Web sites, the Senator himself and their own ombud, you'd think the writer and editor at the Post would be a little more contrite than this.
     
  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    The Post's disgraceful performance in the wake of this admin's post 9/11 shenanigans leaves it wide-open to such attacks/abuse, for the forseeable.
     
  3. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    The Washington Post is a horrible paper. The editors involved should be fired.
     
  4. The Washington Post is a wonderful paper with across-the-board excellent writing. Occasionally, it does political stuff badly. Some of its recent errors have been egregious, but it'd be hard not to do some political stuff badly when you do more political stuff than anybody else.
     
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    That dog won't hunt.

    When you do as much political stuff as they do, you ought to know better than to repeat rumors and pass it off as analysis.

    It's fucking bush league, and the Post ought to be better.
     
  6. Oh, absolutely - the story was very very bad. But the Post, overall, is (quite obviously) one of the best.
     
  7. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Agreed.

    The non-apology apology from the editor really sticks in my craw, though.
     
  8. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Does it grind your gears, Zeke?
     
  9. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    I wonder if he has stopped beating his wife, too?
     
  10. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Wow.
    Worst. post. of. the. year.
     
  11. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    The Jayson Blair scandal painted us all with a not-to-be-trusted brush. Then there's this.

    We should ALL be more careful.
     
  12. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    The Post is so often, so incredibly politically correct, that they intentionally bend over the other way, often just reflexively, to show they are capable of doing so.

    The Post's National and Political reporters & editors are often so arrogant and self righteous that Judith Miller wold have a hard time getting noticed.
     
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