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At the end of last year, kos wrote that the Washington City Paper staff were finalists for the worst people of 2006 for a hit piece they were working on about reporter Murray Waas. Why? Here's kos's explanation.

And if you're wondering what this is about -- in short, the Washington City Paper is running a story about how Murray Waas' battle with cancer has left him bitter and angry -- trashing him for his battle with cancer -- as part of some bizarre feud Mike Lenehan [editorial director] has with Waas.

City Paper is apparently proud of that nomination, since they put it right up top in an editor's note to the finally published story. (Update: You can Google for the link. No need to provide them more traffic.)

Not only are Mike Lenehan, editor Erik Wemple, and reporter Jason Cherkis among the worst people in the world, they are among the worst journalists. You don't have to read their whole final story to conclude that. Just this part:

The story was juicy enough to prompt an inquiry from the House Judiciary Committee. In response, the Justice Department issued a letter taking aim at Waas’ piece. "The Attorney General was not told that he was a subject or target of the...investigation, nor did he believe himself to be," the letter said, leaving Washington to choose between Waas’ credibility and that of the Bush Justice Department.

Uh, guys, have you been paying any attention at all to the Bush Justice Department? Not only despicable, but stupid to boot.

Matt Yglesias has a good debunking of the City Paper story. Waas wrote about his experience with Lenehan, Wemple, and Cherkis in a post at HuffPo last December.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:40 PM PDT.

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  •  Ah, the irony (4+ / 0-)
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    noweasels, Eikyu Saha, moosely2006, epppie

    Not really much more to say.

    "Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not." -Robert F. Kennedy

    by PsiFighter37 on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:32:53 PM PDT

  •  City Paper... (3+ / 0-)
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    lazybum, vets74, epppie

    Used to be a decent indie paper.  I stopped picking up the FREE copies probably 10-12 years ago now.

    •  Yeah, (4+ / 0-)

      I, too, used to read it years ago.  They had the only film reviews worth a damn in DC. Haven't picked up a copy in over a decade myself.  Is it still free?  

      I used to listen to my British and Irish friends rag about much of the Press in their countries and never really understood why.  Now, alas, there's is far better than ours in my view.

      Our mountains are blue. Now our Commonwealth is too. "Fighting" Jim Webb is our new senator!

      by big spoiled baby on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:52:03 PM PDT

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    •  I switched from WaPo to the City Paper (2+ / 0-)
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      lazybum, vets74

      when I could no longer stand WaPo War cheerleading. At least City Paper has never published a fraction of the neo-con pro-War lies and Bush apologist propaganda that we have seen in the Washington Post. The City paper comics (Ted Rall, etc.) are much funnier, too.

  •  To paraphrase Atrios, (6+ / 0-)

    leaving Washington to choose between Waas’ credibility and that of the Bush Justice Department.

    This has been another edition of Blindingly Obvious Answers to Incredibly Stupid Questions.


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    by dmsilev on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:39:44 PM PDT

    •  Let's keep quoting this: (7+ / 0-)

      ...leaving Washington to choose between Waas’ credibility and that of the Bush Justice Department.

      I read the article yesterday online (or about two thirds before the boredom became unbearable), and I was struck by two things:

      • On several occassions they made very complimentary comments about Waas' reporting skills and contributions.
      • When they went negative it was almost always about something personal, not professional.

      I couldn't figure out what the point of this "expose" was supposed to be. Waas was a great journalist but had personal problems??? So What!!!

      And then I came to that quote at the end of the article and couldn't believe what I had just read. Just the words "credibility" and "Bush Justice Department" in the same sentence nearly burst a vein in my neck.

      I went looking for a link so that I could leave a comment, but there wasn't one. I'm glad to see this mentioned here. I needed the release.

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      • The Internet's Chronicle of Media Decay.

      by KingOneEye on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:17:29 PM PDT

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  •  City Paper is a Rag (5+ / 0-)
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    Coming from Detroit, where the alternative weekly Metro Times is a pretty good paper, I expected the City Paper to be similarly good.  Instead, I almost never read anything in it except the concert ads.  It sucks.  And obviously, the people running it are, based on the Waas v Bush DOJ equation, fucking morons.

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Fri May 18, 2007 at 06:41:08 PM PDT

  •  *snort* That's precious. What a tough choice! n/t (4+ / 0-)
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  •  maybe McCain is angry because of his cancer too (6+ / 0-)

    according to the Washington Post's Capitol Briefing blog:

    At a bipartisan gathering in an ornate meeting room just off the Senate floor, McCain complained that [TX Sen. John] Cornyn was raising petty objections to a compromise plan being worked out between Senate Republicans and Democrats and the White House. He used a curse word associated with chickens and accused Cornyn of raising the issue just to torpedo a deal.

    Things got really heated when Cornyn accused McCain of being too busy campaigning for president to take part in the negotiations, which have gone on for months behind closed doors. "Wait a second here," Cornyn said to McCain. "I've been sitting in here for all of these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the last day. You're out of line."

    McCain, a former Navy pilot, then used language more accustomed to sailors (not to mention the current vice president, who made news a few years back after a verbal encounter with Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont).

    •  And cancer must be what makes Tony Snow a liar (6+ / 0-)

      Jesus, these guys ought to be ashamed of themselves.  Too bad shame is is such short supply these days.

      So what right-wing fatcat is spooning money to the City Paper?

      -4.50, -5.85 Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls. -- Rumi

      by Dallasdoc on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:09:34 PM PDT

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    •  And Giuliani. (0+ / 0-)

      Whose medical situation is far more life threatening.

      It seems bizarre, to be honest, that Giuliani is running for president.

      Statistical mortality rates with well-developed prostate cancer should preclude such a bid. Cancer surgery is no laughing matter.

      There was no reason to believe assertions that Giuliani's cancer was "contained within the prostate."

      There is never any way to be sure about cancer. This was a guess. That's all.

      Jefferson and the Dixie Chicks. Imus and Lenny Bruce. Overcome evil with good.

      by vets74 on Sat May 19, 2007 at 05:50:30 AM PDT

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  •  I would expect as much. (2+ / 0-)
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    Not only are Mike Lenehan, editor Erik Wemple, and reporter Jason Cherkis among the worst people in the world, they are among the worst journalists.

    The fact that journalists have lower expectations than the "people in the world," that is.


  •  BAH, none of the above. The worst person is (2+ / 0-)
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    me. mois. mi. Usted. Mio.  I.

    Why? I've been blessed with certain talents, abilities, and advantages. I enjoy them. I read a lot, and very quickly. My job provides me with the ability to make art, write, play, drink (a collection of really fine scotches, no less) and eat well.

    Yet, I am driven by some internal hunger, some push to excel, to succeed, to make things better, in an altruistic way, AND DAMN IT, after five books, tons of art, happy clients, I have not yet scratched the surface of real creativity, social progress, or even something simple like an answer to a pesky question.

    I AM LAZY, dammit, and it irks me to no end.

    Is it TV? is it boredom?  is it a major failure from within?  I dunno, but I have to work harder. there is too much to do, and every day the time gets shorter.

    now, I have no more than the average self-inflated egotistical view of my real worth. My point is not based on some comparison to others.  in that kind of race, we all lose. The real truth is that we all have something to offer, and if we collectively are lazy, we all lose. If we all try harder, stand up and do something, we all win. Now is the time. This is the place. Time is growing short.

    In the United States, doing good has come to be, like patriotism, a favorite device of persons with something to sell. - Mencken

    by agnostic on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:16:45 PM PDT

  •  Funny, tonight they had a show on Walter (3+ / 0-)
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    Cronkite .. 90 years young; an example in many ways of the standard, the bar that other journalists of any media type should seriously consider to aspire to.

    Waas is aspiring, one of the few that are.

    It's simply awful what has happened to the world of journalism, reporting and simple truth telling.

    Sanders gravel 08
    Has a constructive sound bite ..
    It's only a pun

    by shpilk on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:17:28 PM PDT

  • the worst person of 2007 (2+ / 0-)
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    Joshua Mauldin

    I wanna cry....

    Sorry about this but I had to share this story.....

    BAWLS... :(

    •  He's Truly Evil (3+ / 0-)
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      but Bush has microwaved a couple of thousand more than this wacko, so I'd put him at Number One.

      Canada - where a pack of smokes is ten bucks and a heart transplant is free.

      by dpc on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:36:34 PM PDT

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    •  The poor guy is sick... (1+ / 0-)
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      Honestly, microwaving a baby?  The guy has got to be missing a lot of basic circuitry.  

      But Bush?  Linguistic impediments and other motor-skill issues aside, all indications are that the destruction he causes is mostly intentional, and when he fails to correct it his failure is entirely intentional.  

      •  I couldn't believe it... (1+ / 0-)
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        Eikyu Saha

        I was reading the local news online web pages...and this story was on it...and OMG I was freakin' shocked!!

        It took me a while to calm down.  That guy needs to be drawn and quartered.  Blah....Violence doesn't solve violence...but was a 2 month old child.....


  •  The Saddest Thing... (1+ / 0-)
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    epppie that you don't have to search for the worst people in the world.

    It's like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Thank you, Rethugs, for dragging our flag, our country and our reputation through the mud.

    And thank you, "bought-and-paid-for-press" for enabling it all by turning the country's attention to the real issue: Anna Nicole Smith.


    Investigate. Issue Subpoenas. Convict. Rinse. Repeat.

    by moosely2006 on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:42:30 PM PDT

  •  Pure evil. (4+ / 0-)
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    Ari Mistral, lazybum, vets74, Tainith

    Anyone in any way responsible for this:

    Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

    (I believe that this must be an official U.S. government photo -- who else could have taken it?)

    The trashing of Murray Waas is reprehensible.

    1-20-09 The Darkness Ends "Where cruelty exists, law does not." ~ Alberto Mora.

    by noweasels on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:48:03 PM PDT

  •  That reminds me of Clint Curtis (1+ / 0-)
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    (depicted as insane person in media) vs Tom Feeney (whose unimpeachable integrity and honesty are proven by his K street corruption).

    We seem to live in  a society that worships success and doesn't ask too closely, most of the time, how that success came about.

  •  you know what? (1+ / 0-)
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    City Paper should stick to porn advertising and "alternative lifestyle personals" if they're not going to bother to be real journalist. Eff them.

    all Along the Watchtower...... blogroll

    by terrypinder on Fri May 18, 2007 at 07:53:30 PM PDT

  •  Cherkis has been an ass for as long as I can (3+ / 0-)
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    Nonpartisan, skywriter, lazybum

    remember reading his dreck in the City Paper.

    I remember once he wrote this hatchet job on an attorney who represented landlords seeking the dastardly concept of rent from delinquent tenants. He immedately went to denigrating her appearance for no discernable reason other than to be cruel.

  •  Doesn't surprise me (3+ / 0-)
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    skywriter, lazybum, vets74

    The CityPaper crowd is just as unfair to the true heroes of DC's budding revitalization, Adrian Fenty and Jim Graham.  They take every opportunity afforded them to tear down these heroes, just as they tore down those who were in office before.  They think attacking populists somehow makes them populist.

  •  Murray Waas is ONE OF THE BEST REPORTERS! (3+ / 0-)
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    Fabian, lazybum, vets74

    Whenever I see Waas' name as the byline, I always read it and am never disappointed.  City Paper's behavior is unbelievable to me.  Wow.  I mean, Waas should be nominated for a Pulitzer.  His reporting is incredible -- detailed, fact-filled, way ahead of every other reporter in breaking new stories, salient, well-written, gets the big picture as well as the details.  I can't say enough good things about his reporting!  

    And no, I've never met him, and don't know anyone who has met him.  I'm judging by his writing -- which is great.  

    This REALLY lowers my opinion of DC's City Paper.  

  •  Irony... They use a pic of Waas from YearlyKos (0+ / 0-)

    I was out this morning and saw the copy of the City Paper for the first time.  I walked by a couple newspaper boxes thinking I saw an orange lanyard around Waas' neck in the picture and when I finally stopped to pick one up.  

    Sure enough, the picture of Murray Waas on the cover of the City Paper is from YearlyKos.  There is some sort of irony in there.

    YearlyKos: More fun than everything except winning elections!

    by Nolan on Sat May 19, 2007 at 10:53:56 AM PDT

  •  still no sense of humour (0+ / 0-)

    leaving Washington to choose between Waas’ credibility and that of the Bush Justice Department

    It's a joke, geniuses.

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