#rsrh Wrong question on the WaPo’s Black Panther problem.

[Odd: this should have published two days ago.]

(Via Hot Air Headlines) The question is not, actually, “What took them so long?”  We know the answer already: the WaPo thought that they could make the voter intimidation story go away by ignoring it.  No, the question is, “Now that they’ve admitted that the story isn’t going away, why isn’t the below on the front page?”

The story has its origins on Election Day in 2008, when two members of the New Black Panther Party stood in front of a Philadelphia polling place. YouTube video of the men, now viewed nearly 1.5 million times, shows both wearing paramilitary clothing. One carried a nightstick.

Early last year, just before the Bush administration left office, the Justice Department filed a voter-intimidation lawsuit against the men, the New Black Panther Party and its chairman. But several months later, with the government poised to win by default because the defendants didn’t contest the suit, the Obama Justice Department decided the case was over-charged and narrowed it to the man with the nightstick. It secured only a narrow injunction forbidding him from displaying a weapon within 100 feet of Philadelphia polling places through 2012.

Actually, we know the answer to that, too: The WaPo still wants the story to go away.  They figure that they can point to the Ombudsman and claim that they’ve addressed their inability to tell people, you know, the news.

Moe Lane

PS: It’s actually at least as important a story as, I don’t know, Bob McDonnell’s college thesis.  Excuse me: GOVERNOR Bob McDonnell’s college thesis.


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