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Monday, January 09, 2006

Washington Post Taking Head-in-the-Sand Approach to Roggio Corrections

It appears the newsroom leadership at The Washington Post is either determined to ignore the obvious flaws in its reporting of Bill Roggio's Iraq blogging or is blissfully ignorant of those flaws. Roggio notes of this weekend's Post correction:

"The Washington Post has rightly corrected the record on the three minor factual errors, but has chosen to ignore the larger issues: how was my media accreditation any different from that of any other reporter who has been embedded, including those at The Washington Post; and why was my reporting “folded… into a story about military propaganda”, as Ron Brynaert, of the left-of-center webzine The Raw Story, states. Or, as The National Review’s Stephen Spruiell puts it, “used recent news reports about U.S. military information operations to try to discredit… a pro-U.S. Blogger.”

It also appears that Deborah Howell, the Post Ombudsman either has been told to stay away from the Roggio controversy or shares the newsroom leadership's obtuseness. Howell's failure to address this controversy in a direct and timely manner is likely an indicator that Post editors and reporters don't have much to worry about from her corner.

In the meantime, you can read the Post correction here and Roggio's response here. My original post on the controversy, with all subsequent updates, is here. The offending Post article is here.