One would think that after this level of embarrassment for the Washington Post the adults would take action.
On Saturday, I wrote about the range of extremely difficult issues for the revered publication from Washington. Within the next two days, the Washington Post has managed to add to the list.
How should we begin? What about an upcoming scandal? On Friday night there was a piece written by journalist Lori Rosza that was about Florida governor Ron DeSantis. This focused on the things DeSantis was likely to be burned over. In what can be called a hit article, Rosza's story, even though it was framed as a rant on the health of transgender people, is really a list of grievances regarding the governor.
In what has become an increasingly common practice, the article required an editor to take over. The most frequently-read byline in The Post of late has been “Correction.” In this case two major details of the piece needed to be corrected, including the primary theme of the article.
Correction: A previous edition of the story stated incorrectly the budget for Florida amounts to $101.5 billion. It's $109.9 billion. The version that was incorrectly reported that Governor DeSantis had been considering the ban of transgender individuals from any Medicaid services. The proposal will ban gender affirming practices from the state's Medicaid coverage. The report has been updated.
However, they were not the only issue. Desantis has a pitbull Press Secretary, Christina Pushaw, and she lists a number of issues regarding the truth that were displayed in this report. The funding veto of Tampa's baseball team, an issue with the Special Olympics vaccine passport issue, and the assertion that Desantis had not made any comments about the Texas incident were pointed to by Pushaw.
The paper only addressed two of the items to be corrected and only after having been given the correct information by Pushaw.
This isn't even the most recent. There are two other ongoing dramas, and the paper continues to encase itself in childishness.
The latest Taylor Lorenz saga continues. When the writer was found out for faking details in her article and this led to editors slyly editing the piece. After being confronted by the writer, an official correction was made that later needed an additional, longer correction. At present, certain facts are believed to be in error.
The episode was so unbalanced that the usually media-friendly team of Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy needed to take a stand on the matter. Lorenz claimed that the error hadn't been made because of her. She also claimed that that the subsequent controversy was the outcome of conservatives acting in poor faith.
So her editors and the conservatives are responsible. Then Lorenz attacked Darcy which prompted Stelter to come to his defense. In the end, Taylor took to the extent of securing her account after screaming about how she was being targeted by those who were pointing out her mistakes.
That wasn't all. The infancy of the developments surrounding the writer Dave Weigel not only continued, the insanity was spreading. Remember, all of this was triggered because Dave did not hesitate to retweet a joke somebody else had shared. This led to writer Felicia Sonmez voicing her concerns on Twitter. Then she went on to declare her self-defense.
An additional Post journalist, Jose Del Real, tried to intervene and restore calm to the proceedings. With his calm plea for peace and the suggestion to have Sonmez address her concerns to the top management rather than an open forum, she declared she was victimized, and continued to rant on Twitter. The result was that people began to react and make more accusations of victimhood.
Then the Executive editor Sarah Buzbee was forced to issue an email, asking that all staffers behave like adults.
Her plea went unnoticed, and Felicia continued to rant. Del Real was compelled to stop in the middle of the night and shut down his account. Then Sonmez grew angry when she realized he had blocked her account, following her accusations. This morning, additional employees joined in the bullying of Weigel and the latest developments have been revealed.
At the time of writing, Dave Weigel has been removed without pay, because he retweeted the off-color joke by a friend, then quickly deleted it, and apologized.
We have an article in the Washington Post sitting on repeated instances of Taylor Lorenz reverting to fables and yet another writer who has violated business protocol by discussing internal corporate grievances in public, as well as an array of recent stories with obvious journalistic flaws, and the only thing that the editors and editors are able to take action on was someone who retweeted jokes.
Ben Bradlee and Katherine Graham should be thankful to be free of the burden of this vessel of fools.