WashPost Buries Cardin Firing, But 'Macaca' On Front Page Again

Matthew Sheffield's item on Ben Cardin's staffer with the slurs is buried on Page C-6 of the Sunday Washington Post, described as a minor case of the blogger "stumbles." But George Allen's off-hand use of the word "Macaca" is on the front page again today, albeit in restrained form, not explicitly using the mysterious M-word. Michael Shear's article on the role of bloggers in the Virginia Senate contest began this way:

Virginia's U.S. Senate race has catapulted bloggers into the middle of electioneering and controversy as campaign supporters use their online forums to connect with voters, raise money and spread gossip. Liberal bloggers -- two of whom are on the payroll of Democratic challenger James Webb -- fanned the flames last month after Sen. George Allen aimed a derogatory remark at a young Webb volunteer. That hype has helped Webb close a double-digit Allen lead in public polls and was a blow to the Republican senator's possible presidential bid in 2008.

At least Shear used the word "liberal," even if sentences later, he refers to pro-Allen bloggers hired to counter "what they call liberal attacks." The Virginia Senate race is on Page C-6 as well, with 'Macaca' leading the parade. Shear began that story:

Virginia's U.S. Senate candidates will debate twice in the next two days, the first time they have faced each other since George Allen's "macaca" gaffe turned the race into a close, increasingly nasty affair.

Shear mentions "Macaca" in several other paragraphs as well, including underlining how Allen has a "disastrous August" (he didn't mention the Post's obsession with the gaffe).

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