The Washington Post typically boosted a leftist rally for amnesty for illegal immigrants, with one major difference – they utterly ignored the hypocrisy of the Obama administration and the National Park Service closing open spaces in Washington, unless a left-wing protest was scheduled.
The cover story of Sunday’s Washington Post magazine is a supportive profile of radical-left activist “mogul” Andy Shallal, who now owns a series of “Busboys and Poets” restaurants in the D.C area. He is best known recently for being the enthusiastic sponsor of Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers in his D.C. appearance days after the 2008 election.
But the Post’s puffy title for Shallal on the cover was “Democracy’s Restaurateur.” Deep in the story you learn who gave him that title: Ralph Nader.
Who needs hard-hitting reporting on sanitation or nuisance issues related to Occupy D.C. when you can write up a puffy Style section front-pager on the protest music inspired by the leftist squatters?
On the one-month anniversary of the initial Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan, Washington Post staff writer David Montgomery devoted a 1,092-word October 17 Style feature to examining how protest music is helping identify "deeper streams that seem to link disparate cultures of rebellion in the United States and other parts of the world."
No anti-capitalist protest is too tiny for The Washington Post. Reporter David Montgomery reported that on early Saturday, eight people were arrested at a northwest Washington hotel while protesting a meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, one of them for "felony assault of a police officer." That was too tiny to make the Sunday newspaper.
But the mere plan of protests by this tiny band dominated the front page of Saturday's Style section, complete with a picture of more than 50 square inches and a huge headline: "Bank protest" in red letters and "No loss for words" in black. The caption promised "A series of demonstrations called 'Anticapitalathon' -- including a 5K run and a scavenger hunt -- will be held this weekend". They promised a full story on C-2 inside. The fun run was for destroying economic freedom:
While its March 22 front page was exulting over House Democrats "scor[ing] a historic victory in the century-long battle to reform the nation's health-care system," the Washington Post's Style section ginned up a human interest story for another cause dear to many liberals: immigration "reform."
Arrests like those of Oved Vigil, Edwin Mazariegos and Esvin Blanco, who, Montgomery informed viewers in his lead paragraph, were VIPs at yesterday's March for America rally. The Post added its own VIP touch with a large photograph of the trio on page C9 (shown above at right), where the three young men stand posed with an American flag draped over their shoulders. The accompanying caption titled the photo "SHOWING THEIR COLORS" and quoted a rally speaker insisting, "We are not criminals.... We are workers here to push this country forward!"
Montgomery later went on to describe one immigrant who escaped detection at a workplace raid by hiding at the restaurant's walk-in refrigerator. The Post staffer closed the story by presenting the unnamed individual, still on the lam, as a decent guy in search of an honest living: