Yesterday, we saw a particularly heinous example of the Washington Post’s fatal shortcomings, as they completely botched a major story, uncritically regurgitating outrageous disnformation from an obviously biased source, strongly implying that Freddie Gray somehow severed his own spine, while shackled in a police van. I mean, let’s just say, anyone who believed that Big Lie should never be listened to about anything, ever again.
Now, where’s the front-page, above-the-fold call by the Post for heads to roll among reporters and editors who had the Freddie-Gray-severed-his-own-spine story up all day yesterday? You know, like when the Post went ape**** on Rolling Stone for their journalistic malpractice in the UVA “gang rape” story, or when the Post went ape**** over Brian Williams (but not Bill O’LIElly) for making stuff up, etc. Hmmmm…perhaps the (Com)Post’s new motto should be: “We often f*** up but we never OWN up?”
P.S. Fox, CNN and others also fit that motto, except that with Fox (and to an extent CNN), I would never expect truth or accuracy. I had hoped for better from the Post, but apparently they’re no better than Fox, CNN, etc.