Tuesday, August 16, 2005

WaPo Pulls Out of Freedom Walk Sponsorship

What was WaPo thinking when they initially agreed to be a sponsor of the Pentagon’s “Freedom Walk”, and offered free advertising for the event?

WaPo pulls out

As Rich Ehrmann of the Newspaper Guild so clearly points out, “The Post has a code of conduct that says employees should avoid a conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest”. He continues to say “In this case the Post was sponsoring the Pentagon’s Freedom Walk, which ties the attack on Sept……11 to the Iraq war, and of course, the Post’s reporters have proven….that there is no connection between the two, that that link is false”……………………………..

Well I’m not seeing anything that links the Freedom Walk to the justification of Operation Iraqi Freedom and 911. What I’m seeing from the site is that it’s a walk to remember the victims of 911 and to honor American men and woman who have and are serving this country. From the website.

Freedom Walk

Q1: What is the America Supports You Freedom Walk?
A1: The America Supports You ‘FREEDOM WALK’ is an event on September 11 that allows citizens the opportunity to remember the victims of September 11, honor our American servicemen and women past and present, and commemorate our freedom.
The America Supports You ‘FREEDOM WALK’ is a walk of remembrance and support. Remembrance of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and the Twin Towers, and support of the many American men and women in uniform past and present who protect the freedom the walk is commemorating.

Per this AP article, the Freedom Walk is a “sinister” stunt to build support for the Iraq war:

Sinister Stunt

That anti-war crowd really does hate this country and are just a little cynical don’t you think? And being who they are, WaPo certainly does not want to do something patriotic that might get misconstrued as supporting our military resulting in them falling out of favor with the left of center activists.

Just in case the MSM was wondering why their credibility rating and subscriptions numbers were going down the toilet, this would be another very good example.