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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

WaPo continues to push bogus Reid story

I wrote yesterday about the AP's decision to give John Solomon a $500 prize for his series of articles that misled readers about Harry Reid's attendance of several boxing matches. I won't go over all of it again, but the stories distorted details, omitted key facts, and managed to raise ethics accusations against Reid even though he hadn't done anything wrong. And during a week when House Majority Leader John Boehner was named the biggest recipient of corporate-funded travel in Congress.

Now the Washington Post has published an op-ed rehashing the same accusations against Reid, straight from Solomon's stories and complete with all the original inaccuracies. Everyone is aware that media outlets pay attention to the blogs these days, and plenty of blogs took the time to point out the many inaccuracies in Solomon's articles. But they decided to go with the falsehoods. Apparently AP isn't the only corporation with a standing policy that getting attention is more important than getting it right.

THE MOST disturbing thing isn't that Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) accepted free ringside tickets to Las Vegas boxing matches, worth between several hundred and several thousand dollars each.
No, the most disturbing thing is that Reid never got any tickets at all, what he got was an access pass from the state of Nevada, which they give out all the time, and which have ZERO value. Not "several thousand dollars" of value, but zero value.

The Post then goes on to quote more of the lies from the AP story (John McCain paid for his tickets - no he didn't, he didn't receive tickets, and it was illegal for him to pay for them). Oh, and very cute how the Post left out the fact that the Republican Senator accepted free access to the fights as well, and then HE recused himself from voting on the legislation that the fight organizers wanted killed (same legislation Reid voted FOR). Get that? The GOP Senator helped kill the legislation by not voting after he accepted the free 'gift.' Funny, the Washington Post didn't find that fact relevant to report in this article.