It seems that the ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, sheepishly (but candidly) admits they were in the process of missing the boat:
Thursday's Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department's decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. The story succinctly summarized the issues but left many readers with a question: What took you so long?
For months, readers have contacted the ombudsman wondering why The Post hasn't been covering the case. The calls increased recently after competitors such as the New York Times and the Associated Press wrote stories. Fox News and right-wing bloggers have been pumping the story. Liberal bloggers have countered, accusing them of trying to manufacture a scandal. But The Post has been virtually silent.
The story has its origins on Election Day in 2008, when two members of the New Black Panther Party stood in front of a Philadelphia polling place. YouTube video of the men, now viewed nearly 1.5 million times, shows both wearing paramilitary clothing. One carried a nightstick.
..now that's damned white of them, ain't it?
One of my early predictions was that gradually, as Obama sank lower and lower in the public's estimation of him, the knee-pad media would find that there are legitimate stories to be had in that genre of reportage. Some folks would be publishing the "King has no clothes" articles and series and start making their chops on that. Circulation would rise and, lo, there would be a cottage industry created and dedicated to the prospect that this fool is..well.really a fool.
Already the NYT has come up with editorials and stories about how these ass clowns stumble through their assignments with the AP and other outlets following suit.
For the ninety-third time, if the Dems lose big (and that ain't no guarantee) then the emphasis will be to save the Democrat party and, If this means throwing Obama under the already-crowded bus, then that's what will happen.
Of course, don't expect wholesale defections. As bad as Obama is, there's still people who swoon over this guy. You want an offer of proof? Read the letters and comments following any NYT article or editorial. It is still festooned with notes authored by the truly clueless.
..and, of course, there's always MSM TV types like CBS's "Drooler Bob" above.
UPDATE: Of course, Peggy Noonan, the bag-lady-in-training gets closer and closer to her final assignment out on the steam grate in front of the Sam Rayburn building.
In journalism the effects of cutbacks and lack of mentoring are showing their face, and will continue to. Maybe we’ll see it most dramatically when the lone person on the overnight news desk, aged 28, in a cavernous room with marks on the industrial carpet from where the desks used to be, gets the first word of the next, possibly successful terror event. On the Internet, you read the fierce posts of political and ideological writers and wonder, Why do so many young bloggers sound like hyenas laughing in the dark? Maybe it’s because there’s no old hand at the next desk to turn and say, “Son, being an enraged, profane, unmoderated, unmediated, hit-loving, trash-talking rage monkey is no way to go through life.”
Oh, um, if you're headed over to Walmart, will you pick up a box of Depends for the Drooler and one for the Bag Lady? There's a good soul!
Sincerely, I remain your humble