Saturday, June 9, 2007

Not Exactly a Secret

Regarding the May 23 Metro article "Rachel Carson Bill From Cardin on Hold":

I'm a knee-jerk liberal, but sometimes I find myself sympathetic to conservatives who see bias in The Post.

Does The Post lack the reportorial resources to confirm whether Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is a physician? The story reported Coburn's opposition to a resolution to honor environmentalist Carson on the 100th anniversary of her birth, and his pithy rationale, "junk science."

The next paragraph began: "Coburn, whose Web site says he is a doctor specializing in family medicine, obstetrics and allergies . . . ." The Web site attribution of such an easily confirmed fact seems intended to cast doubt on the senator's medical credentials. Would you report, "Sen. Barack Obama's Web site says he attended Harvard Law School"?

-- Philip Evans


Cash for Trash

I am disappointed that The Post chose to accept the trash-seeking full-page advertisement from Larry Flynt that ran in the A-section on June 3. I would expect that your publication would have higher standards than to run an ad whose sole purpose is to dig up dirt and discredit members of Congress or high-ranking government officials. It is purely a fishing expedition.

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