There’s a wrinkle here: In its recounting of today’s revelations, the Daily Caller writes that the lawyer “blamed four news outlets — CNN, The Daily Caller, Telemundo and Univision — for allegedly encouraging him to fabricate false accusations about Menendez.” This isn’t true; according to the Post, the man only accused the Daily Caller—not the other three outlets—of offering to bribe him (the other three were mentioned as having requested to interview the man after he made the claims). The lawyer’s reliability is already shot, having reversed his story at least once, but the Daily Caller has seriously undermined its own credibility by reporting the original story in such a misleading, and indeed factually inaccurate, way. This is one of those weird news stories where all parties involved seem to have been dishonest to some degree—with the possible exception of Menendez himself.
Unlike the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, The Post has traditionally been a local business, pulling in large amounts of local advertising from merchants eager to reach the print audience. By contrast, 90 percent of The Post’s online audience is outside the Washington area.Why The Washington Post is going to start charging frequent readers of its site. Meanwhile, their building’s still for sale.
Did that potted [plant] incident ever happen? … [A]nd meeting in some garage. One meeting in the garage? Fifty meetings in the garage? I don’t know how many meetings in the garage. … There’s a residual fear in my soul that that isn’t quite straight.Legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee • Quoted in a 1990 interview about Watergate, uncovered by Jeff Himmelman, whose new book, “Yours in Truth,” is partly adapted in New York Magazine. With this quote, Bradlee appears to be casting doubt on some of the details of the Watergate story, one of the greatest in the history of journalism. Bob Woodward, one of the journalists that uncovered the story, suggests that Himmelman’s own work undercuts the 1990 interview: “There’s a transcript of an interview that Himmelman did with Bradlee 18 months ago in which Ben undercuts the [New York magazine] piece. It’s amazing that it’s not in Jeff’s piece.” (ht margafret)