Where Does the Washington Post Ed Board Get Its News on Haiti?
|Wednesday, 12 January 2011 16:15|
The Washington Post posted an editorial last evening on Haiti’s elections (which is in today's print edition). Not surprisingly, the Post's editorial writers -- who in the recent past have praised the deceased Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and presented a “positive view of the Colombian government’s human rights record” despite major human rights scandals, including killings of thousands of civilians by the Colombian military – support the conclusions of the OAS Expert Mission’s report, which we found to be methodologically and statistically flawed and not conclusive.
The Post’s support for the OAS’ conclusions comes despite the fact that the writers have apparently not read the report. The editorial states:
Nevertheless, the Post was ready to wholeheartedly endorse the integrity of the mission and its findings:
Shouldn’t President Preval take the time to determine whether the report is credible before quickly “embracing” it?
Of course readers of this blog knew the report was publicly available – on our site – yesterday, hours before the Post went to print with its editorial. Nor did the Post amend the article to note that the report is publicly available.
The Post’s statement that “Preval …so far has said he knows nothing of the report” also appears to have passed its expiration date by the time the editorial was posted. Amy Wilentz wrote for CNN yesterday in an article marked as last updated at 18:20 GMT (1:20PM EST):
If this is any indication, the Washington Post editorial team seems to keep on top of Haiti news about as well as The Onion entertainment columnist Jackie Harvey stays current.