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The 'News' on Rep. Moran(unfair coverage)
WashingtonPost ^ | 06/13/04 | Ombudsman:Michael Getler

Posted on 06/14/2004 8:31:37 AM PDT by Pikamax

Ombudsman The 'News' on Rep. Moran

By Michael Getler Sunday, June 13, 2004; Page B06

Rep. James P. Moran Jr., the Northern Virginia Democrat who won a primary battle Tuesday, has been involved in so many financial, ethical and personal scrapes during his seven terms in Congress that it would seem hard to be unfair to him. Yet many readers, and I'm one of them, felt The Post was unfair in its recent coverage.

Metro editors at The Post strongly disagree.

On Friday, June 4, four days before the 8th District primary between Moran and political newcomer Andrew M. Rosenberg, the lead headline in Metro, with a reference from the front page, said: "Moran Accused of Biased Remark; Ex-Adviser Revives Anti-Semitism Issue."

For a news story, it had what struck me as an unusual first sentence, saying that a longtime adviser to Moran "has lodged about the most damaging allegation that could be made about the congressman from Northern Virginia at this point in his reelection campaign: that he heard him make an anti-Semitic remark." The adviser is veteran pollster Alan M. Secrest and he told reporters Lisa Rein and Spencer Hsu that Moran had made a remark that "was anti-Semitic in nature" at a meeting with advisers several weeks ago.

Secrest had severed his 20-year relationship with Moran in what was described as a "scathing letter" of resignation on May 25. The resignation was first reported on June 3 by the newspaper Roll Call. Secrest did not mention the anti-Semitism charge to Roll Call.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: jamespmoranjr; jimmoran; moron

1 posted on 06/14/2004 8:31:38 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

Oh that poor drunken wife beater.

2 posted on 06/14/2004 8:36:21 AM PDT by bmwcyle (<a href="" target="_blank">miserable failure)
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To: Pikamax
It's not possible to be unfair to Moran and he is an anti-semite.

Is there any news content in this story?

3 posted on 06/14/2004 8:36:58 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Moran timed his Saturday after the primary "marriage" to portray himself as a dried up drunk. It wasn't done to persuade his leftist followers, it was done to get the major media off his back.

To the Post's credit, they've been after this hack for a long time. I'm not sure what he did to piss of the Post, but I hope they stay after him. This clown writer must drink with Moran in the Pub in Alexandria.

Regardless, he'll get reelected in November. The only difference is he'll be a "married" drunk.

4 posted on 06/14/2004 8:58:35 AM PDT by chambley1 (n)
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