Check it out, it’s a media-criticism story AND a police misconduct story rolled into one:
Washington Post editorial aide Stephen Lowman was at 14th and U on Saturday when the controversial snowball-fight-cum-police-indiscretion went down. He wasn’t there on assignment–he was just taking it all in.
And take it all in he did. He eye-witnessed the snowball fest and the cop waving around a gun, not to mention all the hubbub that ensued.
So Lowman got on the phone to the Post, to give the newsroom a heads-up. He says he was placed in contact with staff writer Matt Zapotosky. Lowman told Zapotosky about the confrontation and the gun. It was just after 3 pm. […]
Two hours later, at 5:40 pm, the inexplicable takes place: The Washington Post files a post by Zapotosky and Martin Weilrefuting the photographic evidence already on the Web and taking the official position of the D.C. Police Department.
Washington City Paper: WaPo Sits on Eyewitness Account on Snowball Gun Incident
(via Jay Rosen)
December 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm
I am forever reminded of Robert Anton Wilson’s essay “An Incident on Cumberland Avenue.” That was just down the street when I first read it in Knoxville. Haven’t been in a public snowball fight since, and avoid them when I see them.