When Allen Embarrassed Webb, WashPost Buried on B2

When the Democrats think they have embarrassed Sen. George Allen, it's front-page news. But what about when Allen's camp think they have mightily embarrassed Democrat opponent Jim Webb? One example came in a debate in late July, where Allen showed that Webb didn't know as much as he should about the state he's running in:

At a debate Saturday in Hot Springs, Allen surprised challenger James Webb by asking what he thought of [Craney Island], never mentioning the planned [cargo] terminal. Webb, who is making his first run at office, was forced to admit he didn't know what or where it was, causing Allen to get a chuckle out of the audience when he said, "It's in Virginia."

...Kristian Denny Todd, a Webb spokeswoman, said Allen was playing a game of "gotcha."

Oh, and there was no "gotcha" in sending a student camera man after Allen day after day? The Post put this article on page B-2, not even on the front page of the Metro section. It's not that this debate tactic or article is Earth-shattering -- but it's similar in size and scope to the "macaca" gaffe.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis