Monday, April 23, 2012

Washington Post's Reporting Problem

Seems the Washington Post is always getting it wrong.  Newsbuster Tim Graham notes that the WaPo "gave the badly attended Earth Day Rally on Sunday a whitewash on the front page of the Metro section."

He goes on to compare WaPo's Earth Day coverage to this year's March for Life coverage in January.

So let's review: Earth Day organizers expected "tens of thousands" and drew 40. It received a large color photo (mother with child, avoid the "crowd" shot) and a front-page Metro story. In January, the March for Life turned out tens of thousands and it received two large color photos (one of an opponent) -- one of and a front-page Metro story (and avoided a crowd shot). Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton nudged this quote from Post local editor Vernon Loeb: “In retrospect I wish we had given readers a better sense of the overall magnitude of the march. . .it was far larger than 17,000.”

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