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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Wapo Censors Wapo

We got a live one.

Update 3: New Blogger Censors Waldmann. Click to get to the main page of my blog
(or click on Main hidden over on your left). I have recently switched to new blogger and the link to "archives" is not working. Arg I'm trapped in a Political Animal Stampede and none of you wonderful people are a click away from my much older posts.

Kevin Drum quotes the post story as follows

The documents also provide new details about the case of [Tim] Griffin, a former Rove aide and Republican National Committee researcher who was named interim U.S. attorney in Little Rock in December.

E-mails show that Justice officials discussed bypassing the two Democratic senators in Arkansas, who normally would have had input into the appointment, as early as last August. By mid-December, Sampson was suggesting that Gonzales exercise his newfound appointment authority to put Griffin in place until the end of Bush's term.

"There is some risk that we'll lose the authority, but if we don't ever exercise it then what's the point of having it?" Sampson wrote to a White House aide. "(I'm not 100 percent sure that Tim was the guy on which to test drive this authority, but know that getting him appointed was important to Harriet, Karl etc.)".

over at the current version of the story I get a different last paragraph

"[I]f we don't ever exercise it then what's the point of having it?" Sampson wrote to a White House aide.
and then nothing about Harriet, Karl and etc. I have a screen shot of the edited version.

This shows that the Washington Post chose to delete solid information damaging to Harriet, Karl and etc. No doubt because etc. made a plausible denial.

update: I have now thought of a more plausible explanation. Did a copy editor was outraged by Mr Sampson's eccentric punctuation and decided it could not be printed in the Wshington Post even inside quotation marks ?!.:.

Update II: A Political Animal Stampede !!! Welcome fellow readers of Kevin Drum.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Just wanted you to know that the original WAPO article, with the last line included, is reprinted here: