The Washington Post, the newspaper that mentioned “macaca” in approximately 100 articles, op-eds, and editorials about the 2006 Virginia Senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb, watches the video of Rep. Bob Etheridge, North Carolina Democrat, physically assaulting a questioner and concludes it warrants three paragraphs on page C3, in the Reliable Source gossip column.
The opening sentence? “So what really happened when Rep. Bob Etheridge ran into a couple of self-described ‘students’ on the streets of D.C. last week?”
David Weigel, who used the term “hug” in his initial report on the altercation and has been receiving furious e-mails ever since, is cited; the Post should have let him write an actual print story on this. In this news nugget, there is little or no description beyond “grabbing the wrist” of one of the young men.
This is not even bias anymore; this is information management, designed to ensure that those who pick up the print version of the Post never encounter what the blogosphere is buzzing about.