Thursday, November 17, 2005

'Post' Ombud: Woodward Saga Inspired Negative Reader Response

By Joe Strupp Published: November 17, 2005 12:55 PM ET

NEW YORK Washington Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell has received hundreds of calls and e-mails from readers since yesterday's revelations about Bob Woodward's involvement in the Valerie Plame case, and none of them are positive.

"I am getting a lot of reaction and, from readers, it is all bad," Howell told E&P today, referring to the fallout from Woodward's disclosure that he spoke to a confidential White House source about Plame in 2003. "We are being barraged with calls. They think it was wrong for him not to tell his editors and wrong for the Post not to tell readers."

The ombudsman also pointed out that the e-mails "are all very different. I have not seen [an organized] campaign."

Can you imagine that .... a bunch of Americans get thoroughly pissed off, when some clown falls down in their dutiful honor to country. And then express that anger with a call or email, without someone first telling them to do so? Why it boggles the mind.


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