Oh dear me, it seems the Washington Post's ombudsman isn't happy that his paper is "virtually silent" about the Black Panther voter intimidation case.
The Post didn't cover it. Indeed, until Thursday's story, The Post had written no news stories about the controversy this year. In 2009, there were passing references to it in only three stories.
I made the same point of all the left-wing media last week. San Fernando Valley Democrat Brad Sherman didn't even know about the case because the Shermanator only consults mainstream news outlets, where there's been a total blackout of the story.
Why? I contend that if the roles were reversed, and uniformed neo-Nazis stopped black people from voting at a polling place and Republicans dropped the case, that Sherman would surely have heard about it on his favorite news programs. That would be good--that's a newsworthy event that deserves front-page coverage. As we know, instead of neo-Nazis it was the New Black Panther Party that stopped white people from voting. Total silence.
As Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander wrote, "coverage is justified because it's a controversy that screams for clarity that The Post should provide."
The Post finally broke down and covered the story, but what took so long? Alexander didn't speculate except to say that the national editor told him that they were understaffed.