On One Level, This Is Pretty Funny...
"Directed" Contributions

Negative Journalistic Credibility (Yes, Yet Another Washington Post Edition)

A Why Oh Why Can't We Have a Better Press Corps Update: A correspondent points out that when Deborah Howell writes:

washingtonpost.blog - The Editors Talk About Site Policies, Design and Goals : 11:30 AM ET, 01/19/2006 Deborah Howell Responds: I've heard from lots of angry readers about the remark in my column Sunday that lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to both parties. A better way to have said it would be that Abramoff "directed" contributions to both parties.... The Post has copies of lists sent to tribes by Abramoff with specific directions on what members of Congress were to receive specific amounts. One of those lists can be viewed in this online graphic...

In the readable parts of the document to which she links, Abramoff appears to "direct" $220,000 of contributions to Republicans, and $4,000 of contributions to Democrats.

At this point, I'd regard even a half-truth from the Washington Post as *big* progress.

And Deborah Howell is still the only person I have called at the Washington Post or at washingtonpost.com who has not returned my phone calls: 925-708-0467.