Many people stopped reading the WaPo (i.e., The Washington Bamboozler, WaBo) years ago after deciding it was a rag, part of the lame stream media (LSM) (and pre-JournoList). If you want DC news, Roll Call and The Hill are both better.
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson says only that an unarmed “skinny boy” could not have been a serious threat to “a healthy adult man who outweighs him by 50 pounds”—nearly doubling the actual 27-pound difference between Martin and Zimmerman and omitting the fact that Martin was four inches taller.
It was huge news, as it should have been. The headline in the Washington Post read, “Juror B29, ‘Maddy,’ says ‘Zimmerman got away with murder’.” Wow. Except as William Saletan writes in Slate, that’s not quite what she said.
But there is another aspect of this Washington Post op-ed that burns my butt. There are thousands, tens of thousand, of real criminal defense lawyers, not the kind who get University paychecks, who could have spoken to The Question, and without being so pompous and arrogant as to suggest they speak for the rest of us.
And yet the WaPo gives valuable real estate to Smith, and lends her its big soapbox, even though she is no spokesperson for criminal defense lawyers. This angers me. It angers me a lot that the tens of thousands of knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers were ignored and some academic poseur got the floor. And then blew it with her own overwrought, self-aggrandizing answer.
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Why does this make me angry? Because it makes people stupider, even if it gives rise to discussion on a subject that needs discussing. That’s not good enough. That’s why.
[The Washington Post] is most famous for the role played by two of its reporters (
Dustin Hoffman and Robert RedfordCarl Bernstein and Bob Woodward) in slowly exposing the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation.
The WaPo – Living on glories from the 1970s….
And 1889 – FORWARD MARCH!
Unfortunately, it seems that the future Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932, in Brave New World, is arriving early. Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline. However, we do need a Revolving Door Tax (RDT), learn what Members of Congress pay in taxes, and prosecute politicians and staff and their “family and friends” who profit from insider trading. Oh, and pay “public servants” what they are worth.