Media Blunder of Week

October 30, 2003 9:51 by

HonestReporting’s media blunder of the week goes to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has deliberately altered a statement of Rep. George Nethercutt so as to make Nethercutt look bad.

On Tuesday, Nethercutt took out ads in the Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Times, accusing the P-I of misquoting him, but so far the P-I isn’t admitting fault.

Judge for yourself: see an overview on Shark Blog, an article on the affair in the Post-Intelligencer itself, yesterday’s editorial on the matter in the P-I, and commentary on James Taranto’s Best of the Web (“Did Nethercutt get Dowdified?”).

[By the way, Taranto's term "Dowdified" derives from NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who deliberately misquoted President Bush in a May column critical of the president's Iraq policy.]

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