Here's the original paragraph that got slammed for it's obvious bias:
Some of the Democrats who opposed Rice were centrists from states in which President Bush won or ran strongly in November, including Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).Anyone that has seen the four underlined senators speak on the senate floor knows they are far from "centrists."
The Post then changed the paragraph, which was reported by the Powerline guys:
the Post has now removed the word "centrists" from its article. I assume this was the result of our pointing out the absurdity of the characterization. But there is no indication of any correction, no acknowledgement that the change was made. So go the mainstream media.The following is an E-mail sent by Chuck Babington the writer of the Post article:
Thanks for writing. You will not find this quote in my article:At the time this email was sent, the article had yet to be reworded by the post, and that paragraph was still on the Post's website.
"Some of the Democrats who opposed Rice were centrists from states in which President Bush won or ran strongly in November, including Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)." You (and many others) are victims of a cut and paste job that rearranged paragraphs in order to attack the story. You can read the real article on Washingtonpost.com. I'd be happy to respond if you want to take it from there.
Once that email showed up on the internet, it must have dawned on Mr. Babington that it was time to cut his loses. The following is from another, later, email by Babington:
You are quite right... The website folks updated the morning story after the vote, and combined some paragraphs.There seems to be only two options here. Mr. Babington is lying, in which case he wrote as it was printed and is now covering himself. He's been trying to do that without much success all day. The other option is provided by Powerline:
anonymous staffers at the Post revise articles written by the paper's reporters and inject their own political views into the paper's characterizations of members of the Senate.Either way, the Post has had a pathetic day.