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August 16, 2005

Washington Post Bows Out of Sponsoring Pentagon's Freedom Walk

The Washington Post has finally come to their senses and opted to withdraw their sponsorship from the Pentagon's upcoming "America Supports You Freedom Walk" on September 11th to "celebrate" the fourth anniversary of the attacks.

"As it appears that this event could become politicized, The Post has
decided to honor the Washington area victims of 9/11 by making a
contribution directly to the Pentagon Memorial Fund," said Eric Grant,
a Post spokesman.

It is a policy of the Washington Post not to get involved with partisan functions, as they do not want their objectivity to come under fire.

"Post news employees are subject to disciplinary action for
participating in political activities that may be perceived as revelatory
of personal opinions or bias," said a resolution passed earlier yesterday
by the leadership of The Post unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper
Guild. "The Washington Post itself should be held to the same high
standard. . . . The Guild supports The Post's stated intention of honoring
the nation's veterans, including those who have served in Iraq. But the
Post undermines this goal by lending its support to a political event that
links the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to the war in Iraq -- a link that The
Post, in its reporting, has shown to be false."

This event reeks of partisanship. Clint Black is going to perform, and most likely, will be crooning his "I Raq and Roll" tune that glaringly links Iraq to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Also, to attend this event you must register with the Department of Defense and be "screened." I guess long-haired freaky people need not apply? Another event, similar to Bush's staged "town hall" meetings where only card-carrying Bush-fellators are allowed, maybe?

Kudos to the Washington Post for coming to their senses and not supporting this kind of garbage!


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