Rumsfeld blasts Obama at TWT anniversary gala

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    “When you look around at the state of the news media these days, and the polls revealing that trust in the media is at record lows, you can see why we feel that a mission to ‘promote the spirit of truth’ is so important, and one that we take very seriously,” he added.

    In addition to dignitaries, business leaders and past and present Times employees, Mr. McDevitt noted that many loyal Times readers also had come to mark the paper’s milestone, some of them subscribers dating back to the paper’s founding days.

    “Nothing gives me more satisfaction than to stop by a coffee shop and notice someone engrossed in reading The Times,” he said.

    Entertainment for the evening was provided by Internet singing star and “American Idol” contestant Krista Branch, who performed her 2010 hit “I Am America,” considered the unofficial anthem of the tea party movement that was later adopted as the official song of the campaign of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in the primary contests.

    The gala dinner capped off a daylong symposium marking three decades of publishing in the nation’s capital.

    The first issue of The Washington Times appeared May 17, 1982, just months after the demise of the 130-year-old Washington Star left Washington, D.C., as a one-paper town. The Times’ founders envisioned the new paper as a general-interest alternative to The Washington Post and a daily with a distinctive, conservative editorial voice.

    One of the last major metropolitan dailies to establish itself in the marketplace, The Times — and its www.washingtontimes.com digital sister launched in May 1996 — featured a front-page, on-the-ground report of British preparations for the invasion of the Falkland Islands in its first edition. Since then, the paper’s writers, editors, photographers and columnists have chronicled a momentous three decades of history in Washington and the world, from the end of the Cold War and the 9/11 attacks to the death of Ronald Reagan and the election of the nation’s first black president.

    Times’ sportswriters were there to cover three Redskins Super Bowl wins and — just this week — the first division title for the fledgling Washington Nationals. The Times’ Metro section published a special afternoon edition the day D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested on cocaine charges, and another special edition the day the charges were dismissed because of a mistrial.

    The Times’ investigative reporters have broken major scoops of issues such as the House Bank check-kiting scandal, President Clinton’s Whitewater real estate dealings and the Obama administration’s “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation along the Mexican border. The Times has also branched out with a daily radio talk show featuring longtime Washington radio personality Andy Parks and a news aggregation service, Times 24/7.

    The choice of Mr. Rumsfeld reflects in part The Times’ dedication to coverage of military issues large and small. Reporters at The Times aggressively covered China’s military buildup and the challenges facing U.S. military forces, as well as the problems of those in the ranks with the paper’s long-running Sgt. Shaft column.

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    About the Author
    David R. Sands

    David R. Sands

    Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

    At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics ...

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