Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Lordy Help Us If An American Newspaper Supported A Patriotic Event

How pathetic is it that the Washington Post says it cannot promote the Freedom Walk planned for Sept. 11th to remember the victims of Sept. 11th and Support The Troops.

The Washington Post announced yesterday that it will back out of a controversial co-sponsorship of a Pentagon-organized event next month to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and support the troops in Iraq.

"As it appears that this event could become politicized, The Post has decided to honor the Washington area victims of 9/11 by making a contribution directly to the Pentagon Memorial Fund," said Eric Grant, a Post spokesman. "It is The Post's practice to avoid activities that might lead readers to question the objectivity of The Post's news coverage."

Well, I've got news for the Wa Post, I already do question their objectivity and patriotism.

The Post's participation was criticized by members of the antiwar movement and by journalists in the paper's own newsroom who posted messages on an internal electronic discussion board. These critics said the co-sponsorship could hurt the paper's credibility in covering the war and antiwar demonstrations.

So participating in promoting a tribute to the victims of Sept. 11th is political?? Isn't it interesting that the anti-war 'peaceniks' are against a tribute to victims of a violent attack. There's gotta be a bit of irony in this!

"Post news employees are subject to disciplinary action for participating in political activities that may be perceived as revelatory of personal opinions or bias," said a resolution passed earlier yesterday by the leadership of The Post unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. "The Washington Post itself should be held to the same high standard. . . . The Guild supports The Post's stated intention of honoring the nation's veterans, including those who have served in Iraq. But the Post undermines this goal by lending its support to a political event that links the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to the war in Iraq -- a link that The Post, in its reporting, has shown to be false."

This statement by "The Guild" is hilarious at best. What a load of crapola, this coming from a Guild which makes unsubstantiated accusations against our Soldiers as deliberately targeting to kill reporters in Iraq.

Post Drops Plan to Promote Pentagon Event

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