Best Editorial Jihad

The Washington Post vs. Harry Thomas Jr.
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
A classic editorial-page jihad, like The Washington Post’s campaign over Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas’ questionable nonprofit, features several elements. Drumbeat of alarmed editorial headlines? Check! (“Questions for ‘Team Thomas,’” Oct. 28; “The Tangled Tales of Harry Thomas,” Dec. 13; “The Judge is Waiting, Mr. Thomas,” Jan. 9). Sideswipes in editorials about other subjects? Check! (Thomas’ troubles popped up in ostensibly unrelated February and March editorials). Revelations of alleged misdeeds underreported in the news pages? Check again! (The editorial page was out front in reporting on the nonprofit’s connection to Thomas’ SUV.) Thomas’ scandals have been overtaken lately by those of Vince Gray and Kwame Brown, but if Team Thomas ever damages his career, he’ll have the Post’s editorial writers, not Metro section reporters, to blame.
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