Monday, September 21, 2009 11:10 AM By: Newsmax Staff
Washington Post's ombudsman rapped the knuckles of the paper's reporters for ignoring what the conservative media report.
In Andrew Alexander's column published Sunday, the Post's executive editor also admitted that mainstream media do so at their own peril.
Alexander quotes Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli as saying he worries "that we are not well-enough informed about conservative issues. It's particularly a problem in a town so dominated by Democrats and the Democratic point of view."
To counteract that, he said, "I challenge our reporters and editors with great frequency to look at what is going on across the political spectrum . . . at the extremes, among the rabble-rousers, as well as among policymakers."
The column uses the mainstream media's ignoring allegations against ACORN as a springboard to address the issue, noting that ignoring conservative media often misses "legitimate stories."
"I thought that was the case with ACORN and, before it, the Fox-fueled controversy that led to the resignation of White House environmental adviser Van Jones.
"Jones had issued two public apologies before The Post finally wrote about him. One was for using a crude term to describe Republicans in a speech before joining the administration. The other was for signing a 2004 petition that said members of the Bush administration may have "allowed 9/11 to happen, perhaps as a pretext to war." Conservatives had attacked Jones for more than a week before the first Post story appeared Sept. 5. He resigned the next day.
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