- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Washington Post announced earlier this week that it was canceling its co-sponsorship of the Pentagon’s Freedom Walk event that remembers the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and supports our troops in Iraq. A Post spokesman explained that: “It is the Post’s practice to avoid activities that might lead readers to question the objectivity of the Post’s news coverage.”

The Post reversed its prior policy of co-sponsoring events that support the troops and remember the victims after a near revolt in its newsroom. First, the news side ran a story on Friday in which it gave prominent coverage to Adam Eidinger, a promoter of an upcoming anti-war demonstration. Then, Post reporters started posting complaints on the paper’s internal electronic discussion board. Finally the leadership of The Post’s unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild (read: union shop steward) came out against the co-sponsorship.

In Tuesday’s edition, The Post cried “uncle,” citing the danger that “this event could become politicized,” although the crack reporter writing the story failed to cite any evidence of such politicization in a front-of-the-Style-Section-plus-jump-page article. (The Post company will instead make a quiet contribution to the Pentagon Memorial Fund.)

Apparently, what reporters at The Post, if not its management, find political is supporting our troops and remembering the victims of September 11. Yes, it has come to that. Even though the event will have no policy discussion, no support for war aims — nothing but troop appreciation and remembering our dead — The Post now asserts that it is “political” to co-sponsor such an event.

Anyone who reads the anti-war blog Web sites knows that if they had their way Americans would once again be disgracefully spitting on our returning heroes, as happened during the Vietnam War.

It is up to responsible patriots ( a description which we know includes the owners of The Washington Post) to reassert the right and privilege of all Americans, including news outlets, to publicly honor our troops and remember our dead, regardless of what we may think about the wisdom of the war policy.

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