Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Media: I would like to welcome to Earth, Charles Babington, who is writing for the Washington Post as one of the first Mars/Earth journalist exchange participants.

"A cross section of Democrats questioned Rice's truthfulness in terms that until yesterday were used only by liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who was among the 12 Democarts and 1 independent who voted against Rice. 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) "
The term "centrists" in the most wide ranging sense of the word would not cover any of these guys. Update: I knew I should have taken a screen capture, The Washington Post changed the wording and took out centrists. Thanks to "me" in comments bringing that to my attention. Update #2: Charles Babington emailed a Powerline reader with an explanation of the missing "centrists"
You are quite right... The website folks updated the morning story after the vote, and combined some paragraphs... I should have read over their shoulder, my mistake. I did get them to fix it. The story i wrote for the morning paper did not use "centrist" to describe Byrd, Harkin, etc... Thanks for the heads up . cb
So there are Washington Post website editors adding their opinions under other writer's bylines? That does not sound fair to Babington who gets the heat unfairly in this case.

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