Glenn Greenwald has a very good post up today that recounts the travesy of the Jessica Lynch reporting done by Steno Sue Schmidt, the woman who also brought Whitewater to the front page of the Washington Post. It's unfathomable that she still has a job, but as Greenwald says, both she and the Post continue to defend the Lynch reporting to this day:
So The Washington Post thinks it did nothing seriously wrong here and, astonishingly, defends the behavior of "its sources" as admirable and honorable (just a little inaccurate due to that notorious "fog of war" that put imaginary bullet and stab wounds in Jessica Lynch as a result of a heroic and inspiring firefight that never happened).
And most of all, Schmidt and Loeb continue to protect the identity of their sources, and will until the day they die. The fact that their sources fed them lies in order to manipulate American public opinion about the war is irrelevant to them. Over and over and over, our most influential American media outlets publish false stories based on government "sources" who purposely lie to them, and they never report on the real story — who are the government sources lying to the American public while hiding behind shields of anonymity granted to them, and maintained by, our nation's "journalists"?
Most of our nation's journalists do not report on government conduct. They participate in it actively and consciously as government spokesmen. Judy Miller is the symbol of our political press, not its aberration.
If the Washington Post had a real ombudsman, it would probably be appropriate to contact them and ask them how, if their reporters continue to protect sources who lie to them so egregiously, they plan to keep from being used as a passel of tools to churn out lies to their readership? Sadly, as Teddy noted the other day, the Post has no such ombudsman. Maybe if the Post's media critic Howard Kurtz can stop drooling over Michelle Malkin and her litany of outright, unapologetic fabrications long enough to examine the problems with the reporting at his own paper, we might get some answers?
Yes, I know. All my dogs will have Nobel prizes before this happens.