Saturday, January 21, 2006

Oh... The Extreme Irony

I've been admiring the good work done by the citizens of the blogosphere, as well as those who are just simply concerned by the propogation of the misinformation by Deborah Howell, The Washington Post's Ombudsman. I just can't wipe the smirk off my face that the very person who is supposed to facilitate and mediate complaints leveled against the WaPo has been the cause of such a tidal wave of complaints.

Then, to compound the issue by censoring and shutting down the commenting feature on your blog rather than issuing a simple correction and apology.

That course of logic baffles me. It's tantamount to inviting the running of the bulls to be held in your china shop.

Furthermore... I have yet to see anyone point out the WaPo's "Post Principles" laid out by their founder Eugene Meyer in 1935:

Eugene Meyer's Principles for The Washington Post

Eugene Meyer had a vision of what makes a newspaper truly great, and that vision included serving the public according to seven principles. He offered them in a speech on March 5, 1935 and published them on his newspaper's front page.

Bullet Point The first mission of a newspaper is to tell the truth as nearly as the truth can be ascertained.
Eugene Meyer
Eugene Meyer
Bullet Point The newspaper shall tell ALL the truth so far as it can learn it, concerning the important affairs of America and the world.
Bullet Point As a disseminator of news, the paper shall observe the decencies that are obligatory upon a private gentleman.
Bullet Point What it prints shall be fit reading for the young as well as the old.
Bullet Point The newspaper's duty is to its readers and to the public at large, and not to the private interests of its owners.
Bullet Point In the pursuit of truth, the newspaper shall be prepared to make sacrifices of its material fortunes, if such a course be necessary for the public good.
Bullet Point The newspaper shall not be the ally of any special interest, but shall be fair and free and wholesome in its outlook on public affairs and public men.