…and officially declare it a propaganda organ?
Citing unnamed Bain investor, Harry Reid claims Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years:wapo.st/MZYUgF
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 31, 2012
Mind you the Washington post isn’t citing an unnamed source that has talked to them, they are reporting that someone else (Harry Reid) claims that an unnamed source said something.
I don’t claim to have been in this business all that many years, but I know enough that I can’t report hearsay.
A simple example two years ago at CPAC when I brought up the name of a person who said something nice about me the person who I was talking to snorted and told me something about said person that raised an eyebrow.
The person who told me this was someone I liked, someone I normally would trust and said story would have been a hell of a story to break, but there was no proof provided, no details, just this is what he had been told.
I never followed up on the story, (still don’t plan to) it’s stuck in the back of my mind with a lot of rumors etc that I’ve heard since I’ve gotten in this business.
I don’t have an editor, I don’t have a handler, yet I know enough not to go with this. If the Washington Post doesn’t it tells me two things
1. They are dishonorable hacks.
2. They are in full panic mode concerning November
I may be just a blogger and radio host trying to make it on my own, Things may be so tight that I can’t afford a car these days, and I don’t pretend not to be biased in the upcoming election, but I hope and pray I never reach the point where I am willing to sell my integrity for the sake of a jab against Obama.
Oh and I know the story started at the Huffpo and the post is “just reporting what Huffpo” said but they are an actual newspaper that is supposed to mean something.
Update: Just got off the phone with Robert Stacy McCain his take: Standards? We don’t need no sinking standards.
Update 2: Instalanche thanks Glenn. Don’t miss the story of Sarah Palin Political Venture Capitalist, Figure out what people with skin in the game think and if you are sick of Political stuff, a review of a good restaurant.
Oh and Neo-Neocon has the explanation. The Press is at war.
Update 3: Stacy McCain elaborates
Instead of doing some, y’know, reporting on this remarkable claim, the WaPo’s Ed O’Keefe lets it go with this bland acknowledgement:
Neither Reid nor his aides would identify the alleged investor, HuffPo reported.
Grant that Reid’s wild accusation — “financial McCarthyism,” you might call it — is newsworthy even if it is absolutely false. And it almost certainly is false, Dan Primack of Fortune says. But is it now an accepted practice at the Washington Post just to repeat whatever politicians say (in interviews with reporters for other publications) without bothering to do any independent reporting at all?
Here’s one of the highest rated comments:
It may appear that Reid’s claim that Romney paid no taxes for ten years is extreme and poorly sourced — however, if Mitt thinks his comment is unfair, all he has to do to make Reid appear a liar and a fool is to release his own tax returns, which is totally within his power.
While not having paid ANY taxes for TEN years is a sufficient cause for Mitt to not release them, it is not a necessary cause. There could be many other things he wishes to hide, from offshore tax shelters, to very low tax rates, to connections to Bain Capital actions he wishes to hide from. There is only one thing certain about Romney’s tax returns: HE KNOWS that there is SOMETHING in them which is disqualifying, that there is something that dare not face the light of day.
That’s the narrative. All you have to do is to track people into thinking like that, and Harry Reid knows it.
This is what the media has come to.
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