Post's Publisher Sees Nothing Wrong With Sponsoring Rummy's War Rally
If you want an example of why the Washington Post is a tool of the Bush White House, you need look no further than the justification given by its publisher for the Post’s active support and sponsorship of the “Freedom Walk”, which is slated for September 11th. The event, which is being put on by Rummy’s Defense Department and the Bush Administration as a shadow war rally masquerading as a tribute to veterans and victims of 9/11, has the active sponsorship of several media outlets including the Post, and yet the Post’s publisher Bo (?) Jones sees nothing political about an event that ties 9/11 to the Iraq war.
"This was part of the memorial of the 9/11 victims and an effort for veterans past and present and that is it," Jones said about the "Freedom Walk" slated for Sept. 11. "This has nothing to do with politics or the war or support of any political position."
Still, Jones added that the paper would withdraw support, which consists of providing public service advertising space in the paper, if the event turns partisan. "If I turns out to be a political event, we would disassociate ourselves from it," he said.
Mr. Jones, look over here; I have some swampland to sell you.
Post Executive Editor Leonard Downie, Jr. declined to comment on the paper's involvement, other than to say, "it does not affect our coverage."
But Rick Weiss, a Post science reporter and co-chair of the Washington Post unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, noted the hypocrisy of the paper's involvement, since it bars reporters from participating in partisan events. "It is dismaying, to say the least, that I can be fired for participating in a peace march while my employer feels free to co-sponsor an event that so blatantly beats the drum of war," Weiss stated.
Weiss stressed that the guild had not taken a position on the issue, but planned to consider it during a leadership meeting on Monday.
John Pike, who has been a defense analyst in Washington for 25 years and runs GlobalSecurity.org, told Knight Ridder, referring to the Pentagon rally, "I've never heard of such a thing." Others worried that it would re-kindle attempts to link 9/11 to the war in Iraq.
Look, any paper whose publisher and editor see nothing fishy about sponsoring and supporting an event put on by the Defense Department that conflates 9/11 with the Iraq war, when the paper itself has previously admitted that they helped lead the country into this misguided war by burying stories from their own reporters that poked holes in the Administration’s arguments for that war deserves derision and condemnation.
What a bunch of pussy-whipped rubes. Hey Bo, can I introduce you to Jeff Gannon, your idea of an ideal reporter?