A tale of two newspapers

The Washington Post transmits the BushCo spin on Porter Goss’s departure. The Wall Street Journal chooses to be informative instead.

Here’s the Washington Post account of Porter Goss’s departure. Karl Rove and Tony Snow are happy. The departure is portrayed as part of the current reshuffling; the President is said to have “lost confidence” in Goss some time ago; no scandal is mentioned until graf 17; hookers aren’t mentioned at all; and the suddenness of the departure goes unmentioned and therefore unanalyzed.

Here’s the Wall Street Journal’s account of the same event. Karl Rove and Tony Snow aren’t happy.

It’s possible that the Post is right; but didn’t the reporters owe it to their readers to point out the facts inconsistent with the account they give?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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  1. No hookers at the WSJ, either, and no mention of the partisan purge at the CIA.
    Maybe they can reasonably argue that the hookers angle is entirely speculative and that Goss isn't resigning because he fired too many Democrats. One still wonders about the press coverage if John Deutch had resigned under similar circumstances…

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