WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Thursday, October 28, 2004


Explosive story

By now, the story is blowing in Bush's critics' faces. When NYT "broke" it on Monday I wasn't surprised. I wasn't even mad. I did however get somewhat annoyed by an editorial in Oregonian on Tuesday. Not only did Oregonian put the story from NYT on the first page above the fold, it actually believed it!

I wrote to the public editor asking him if it wasn't premature to criticize Bush based on a story that was likely not a piece of news but a piece of election propaganda meant to damage one of the candidates. I got this reply:

I am not sure that The Oregonian has reason to apologize for running the story, but it will continue to publish wire stories that examine the issue.
I don't think any reports, including those from NBC, have proven that the premise was false, although they have raised several questions about the explosives.

Thanks for writing,
Michael Arrieta-Walden

Mr. Arrieta-Walden doesn't answer my question. I understand why Oregonian goes with the original "news" story. But what about the editorial?

UPDATE: I must not have been the only one to send Mr. Arrieta-Walden a friendly reminder that media should not try and influence an election. Oregonian got very defensive.

UPDATE: On 10/29/04 Oregonian published a story on another unguarded ammunition dump. I couldn't find it anywhere else.

Micheal Arrieta-Walden ??? Man you were in trouble as
soon as you addressed a guy with a hyphenated last name.
What in the name of all that is rational compels a man
to carry such a moniker? Seeing as how it's Portland
OR ... maybe a sex change.
I couldn't agree more. I have an article on my blog about the same subject http://terminatrix1rantsandraves.blogspot.com/
The left wing media has tried their best to defeat Bush.
The weapons story is 18 months old, it isn't new news.
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