The Washington Post ombudsman is blasting his paper’s coverage of the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party, saying The Post remained "virtually silent" as the story developed in recent weeks.
The newspaper carried a full-length news article about the case on Thursday – months after it had been covered thoroughly by Fox News and other elements of the conservative media. Ombudsman Andrew Alexander wrote that readers have been contacting him "for months" wondering what was taking so long for The Post to show interest in the controversy.
"The Post didn't cover it. Indeed, until Thursday's story, The Post had written no news stories about the controversy this year," Alexander wrote. "That's prompted many readers to accuse The Post of a double standard."
Alexander wrote that while the newspaper should not feel obligated to cover stories "simply because of blogosphere chatter," the Black Panther story merits attention.
"Coverage is justified because it's a controversy that screams for clarity that The Post should provide," Alexander wrote.
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