Monday, May 23, 2005

The Washington Post Killers

The Brad Blog reports:

"A Washington Post article exposing the specific details of several pre-war doubts by Bush Administration aides and anlaysts in the lead-up to war ran on page A1 in the early Saturday editions of WaPo's Sunday paper. [WaPo Staff Writer Walter] Pincus' Page 1 item...was headlined "More Evidence of Bush Aide's Doubts on Iraq -- Analysts Questioned Most Intelligence"."

"By Sunday, however, the article had been pushed back to page 26 with the softer headline, "Prewar Findings Worried Analysts"."

"It was nearly two weeks before WaPo even mentioned the appearance of the "Downing Street Memo" which some have cited as a "smoking gun" demonstrating that George W. Bush lied to the American People and Congress during the build-up to war in Iraq. Several sources have called the information included in the memo as evidence of "an impeachable offense"."

Brad also links to jesselee at The Stakeholder who noticed the switch Sunday night and noted that this isn't the first time that this has happened to Walter Pincus at The Washington Post:

"As a quick word of background, Pincus was arguably the best individual reporter on Iraq intelligence before the war, even consistently better than his WaPo colleagues and the good folks at Knight Ridder. But he had one obstacle. His stories were more often than not buried somewhere between A17 and A26."

Last August, The Washington Post apologized for practicing this scaredy-cat form of journalism:

Maybe us liberals are going about this all wrong. If the right can blame 15-17 deaths on Newsweek, why shouldn't we blame The New York Times, The Washington Post & Co. for some of these deaths.

And, of course, some of these deaths, too.

(Off topic: I hate Joe Lieberman: Democrats Sell Out Our Party Again.)

(Off off topic: You have to read THIS!)


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