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Thursday, January 6, 2011
AIM's Lame Attack on Wash. Post
Topic: Accuracy in Media

In a Jan. 5 Accuracy in Media blog post, Don Irvine attempts to shoot down former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie's claim that the paper "is not coming from a point of view" with this response:

For Downie to say that there is no partisanship at the paper is truly devoid of reality.  The Post has a long history of going after conservatives and  Republicans while largely giving liberals a pass.  AIM pointed out once such incident in 1998.

If there is such a "long history" this, why did AIM have to go all the way back to 1998 to come up with an example? And that example is not a particularly good one: Irvine links to a 1998 AIM item by Cliff Kincaid repeating a right-wing claim that then-United Nations ambassador Bill Richardson "apparently lied when he said at his recent confirmation hearings that a UN job he offered to Monica Lewinsky last year was to fill an existing opening." The only reference to the Post in the item is its presence among the media outlets listed by Kincaid that failed to report the right-wing claim. Even then, the question at hand -- whether the position Lewinsky interviewed for was existing or was created for her -- is minor at best and, given that Lewinsky declined the job, something of a moot point.

This is really the best example AIM could come up with?

Posted by Terry K. at 8:45 PM EST

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