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Sunday, July 27, 2003  

Against charges of a liberal media, one could offer this sentence:

And she [Condoleezza Rice] has made statements about U.S. intelligence on Iraq that have been contradicted by facts that later emerged.

That's one convoluted sentence. In an effort to remain "objective," the writers have had to slide into quasi-passive language just to avoid saying the impolite (impolitic?) truth. Something like "And she made false statements, later proven when the facts emerged," would have been a cleaner sentence. But the Post, presumably wishing not to offend the administration and FOG (friends of George, ie, the Post's advertizers), mangled the line to avoid controversy.

It's reasonable to ask what the purpose of "objectivity" in the media is when one has to work hard to write around the facts in a story.

posted by Jeff | 4:06 PM |
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