The Washington Post has been caught altering its Nancy Reagan obituary to soften its blatant attack against the former First Lady.
One of the first to notice was Mediaite's Joe Concha, who was incensed by the seemingly anti-right agenda of journalist Lois Romano. Romano penned a scathing opening paragraph that Concha said was "stealth-edited" after he brought attention to this shameful smear.
Here's what Romano initially wrote which reminded Concha of a trashing usually reserved for the likes of Perez Hilton:
Nancy Reagan had an undeniable knack for inviting controversy. There were her extravagant spending habits at a time of double-digit unemployment, a chaotic relationship with her children and stepchildren that could rival a soap-opera plot, and the jaw-dropping news that she had insisted the White House abide by an astrologer when planning the president’s schedule.
It is to be expected that the Left would waste no time vilifying Mrs. Reagan, spewing their hatred against her especially on social media, but for a national newspaper to do so is nothing to ignore. But as Concha describes, someone finally caught wind of the distasteful journalism and quietly edited the paragraph to soften the blow -- without a note from an editor that any change was made. It was as if it never happened. Thankfully, the Internet never forgets.
Here is the altered opener as it currently appears:
The Washington Post was hit with criticism from its own readers asking, "This is journalism?" and one saying, "Funny, when I read this earlier I could have sworn Nancy was the Antichrist. What happened?"
They were curious as to why the editors never mentioned a change and more so, they were shocked by the Post's hypocrisy:
Over all, I find this piece vile. It is interesting to recall, however, that she was chided for her spending on fashion by the very same paper that swooned over Jackie Kennedy's expensive wardrobe, hailed Michelle Obama's fashion forward extravagances and humiliated Mrs Alito for being dowdy and Justice Rogers' wife for wearing conventional clothing. You might want to consider how permeated your style section is with partisanship and how much partisanship infects your news accounts.
It's no wonder, as Concha points out, that public distrust in media is rising higher and higher. As a reminder: after The Washington Post blew the lid off of the Nixon/Watergate scandal, public trust of the media was at 74% according to Gallup. It is now at 40% and dropping.
Sadly, instead of shocking, this is now the expected norm.