Opinion | Readers critique The Post: Don’t erase women


Each week, The Post runs a group of letters of readers’ grievances — stating grammatical errors, lacking protection and inconsistencies. These letters inform us what we did improper and, often, supply reward. Right here, we current this week’s Free for All letters.

The Post couldn’t discover a {photograph} of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) swearing in Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews that included Matthews to accompany the July 23 columns by Margaret Sullivan [“Why Jan. 6 hearings are summer’s prime-time hit”] and Monica Hesse [“Liz Cheney understood her critical assignment”]? How on this planet, in these troubled, troublesome occasions for women and women’s rights, might editors have been so insensitive as to make use of an image that didn’t present Matthews and didn’t even point out her within the caption of the picture? Was there a feminine editor who regarded on the picture earlier than it was positioned?

On this listening to, Matthews’s testimony was extra easy and compelling than was Pottinger’s, and but The Post selected to say solely him.

The Post has made fairly an announcement/omission with this one.

Marianne Anderson, Alexandria

Once more, the Sports activities part managed to disregard a girl. The blurb on the high of the entrance web page of the July 23 part named three males who’re going into the D.C. Sports activities Corridor of Fame. However once you go to Web page D2, oh, look, there are the three males and Christy Winters Scott [“D.C. Sports Hall adds several to its ranks”]. I’m positive these two traces on the part entrance might have been rewritten to incorporate her.

The July 22 information article “Ukraine’s first lady says son now only wants to be soldier” irked me nearly as a lot as the unique interview on NBC Information. The interviewer requested Olena Zelenska how the conflict had affected her son. Zelenska spoke at size about how, earlier than the conflict, her son had quite a lot of pursuits, however now he solely desires to be a soldier. This dialogue turned The Post’s headline.

The place was the Zelensky daughter throughout this trade? Because the baby of a distinguished couple, the younger girl certainly has many hopes and aspirations of her personal, however in a situation acquainted to many women, she was rendered invisible by each The Post and NBC Information. Not less than she appears to have been referred to briefly in an interview in Vogue alluded to on the finish of the article, however Vogue isn’t precisely a significant information outlet.

Each The Post and NBC Information had been remiss in leaving her out of the dialogue.

Clare Feinson, Washington

A deceptive miscarriage of journalism

The Post conflated Israeli and Russian airstrikes in Syria with the deceptive July 23 information headline “Russian, Israeli airstrikes target 2 Syrian regions.” As even the article admitted, the Israeli airstrikes in query had been focused at hostile Iranian navy infrastructure in Syria. The referenced Russian airstrikes had been directed at civilians and aid staff in northwestern Syria, a part of a deliberate Russian technique to focus on civilian areas.

The article described Israel as Syria’s “sworn enemy” when, in truth, the other is true. Syria took half within the invasion of reborn Israel in 1948. From then till 1967, Syrian forces shelled Israeli farms and cities in vary of the Syrian Golan Heights. Syria participated within the Arab assault on Israel in 1967 and once more in 1973. Syria attacked Israeli forces making an attempt to take away terrorists from southern Lebanon in 1982. Extra lately, Syria has willingly hosted Iranian navy and paramilitary forces and installations which are aimed toward destroying Israel. The sworn enemy right here is Syria, and its longtime goal is Israel. These airstrikes had been separate occasions, with separate targets, contexts and historic backgrounds. They ought to have been reported in two separate articles. Mashing them up collectively in a way that falsely impugned Israel was a miscarriage of journalism, or worse.

Daniel H. Trigoboff, Williamsville, N.Y.

The Three Percenters dwell as much as their title

The Post has once more accused everybody who attended the Jan. 6, 2021, rally on the Mall of taking part in an rebellion. The July 17 front-page article on the Maryland GOP race for governor, “On Tuesday’s ballot: Trump’s vision vs. Hogan,” mentioned one of many candidates “helped charter buses to the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.”

In line with The Post’s Nov. 7, 2021, particular part on the occasions of Jan. 6, between 2,000 and a couple of,500 individuals took half within the assault on the Capitol. Nonetheless, a whole lot of those didn’t attend the rally, going straight to the Capitol for his or her preplanned assault. On condition that tens of hundreds of individuals attended the rally on the Mall, only some p.c had been concerned within the assault.

The different 38,000 or so participated in a peaceable rally, urging Congress to take motion below the Electoral Rely Act that the protesters (nonetheless mistakenly) believed to be justified. There is nothing insurrectionary about that.

To accuse all of rebellion makes no extra sense than accusing all those that took half in racial-justice protests in 2020 of being concerned within the riots that adopted.

Charles L. Orndorff, Amissville, Va.

I’m often impressed by the evenhandedness of The Post’s reporting, however I used to be shocked and dismayed by the caption below the pictures of the 2 younger women accompanying the July 22 front-page article “Four teens navigate a suddenly post-Roe America.”

The first lady was recognized as “a Christian” against abortion. There was no such description for the pro-choice younger lady. Was The Post implying that she isn’t Christian? She was, nonetheless, recognized as a member of a “high school feminism club.” Fairly a distinction.

Priscilla Ziegler, Arlington

How was it doable that “Abortion rights on the ballot in Kansas,” the July 26 front-page, above-the-fold, 50-column-inch article, with a full-page continuation and 5 images, in regards to the deliberately complicated language of an abortion poll initiative in Kansas, didn’t embody the precise language because it appeared on the poll?

Terence Griffin, Rockville

Folks, not an ‘industry’

I used to be shocked that the phrase “abortion industry,” which Kathleen Parker utilized in her July 24 Sunday Opinion column, “The unbearable cruelty of no-exception abortion bans,” made it previous no matter overview course of The Post makes use of for its opinion writers. There isn’t any such factor as an “abortion industry.” There are sufferers, and there are health-care suppliers. This problem is inflammatory sufficient with out inventing a label for 2 teams of people that can’t be so summarily and inaccurately described.

Michael Goodman, Kensington

I learn the lengthy July 24 front-page article bemoaning the chip scarcity and the impact on the auto business, “Chip shortage is upending the auto industry — even in Detroit.” Nowhere within the article was there a point out of what has brought on the chip scarcity. Rather less filler and extra explanations would have been welcome.

I’m fairly sure it has to do with stringent Chinese language coronavirus guidelines and our utter dependence on China for therefore many issues, however a proof would have been good. I anticipate extra from a front-page story.

Luisa Girlando, Annapolis

Right here’s a concept: They’re crackpots

The July 26 editorial “A glacial vote count” cited “Republican voting fraud conspiracy theorists.” I acknowledge that this time period is right here to remain, however I have to protest as soon as extra. Imprecise language deflects clear pondering by affecting notion. This impact usually serves to boost the legitimacy of unworthy positions, notably in politics — the preeminent realm of the “spin.”

No case is extra egregious than the careless use of the phrase “conspiracy theory.” A concept has a revered that means: It’s the software by which scientists conceive, check and show or disprove believable phenomena. Elevating conspiracy fantasies to the respectable stage of theories does an awesome disservice, albeit subliminal, to analytical debate. Though now ubiquitous, the phrase may very well be discarded no less than by the extra accountable venues of the written and broadcast Media with a really minor modification of their type manuals.

George P. Hoskin, Burtonsville

There was a time when newspaper reporters had been happy with their capacity to make use of the English language to convey their tales to life. Are these days gone?

In only a cursory studying of the July 21 Post, this gem popped up within the Metro part: “Waiting on results in a tight Md. rematch.”

Shall I appropriate this headline for the editors? Okay then, right here goes: “Waiting for results in a tight Md. rematch.”

If anybody insists on utilizing this improper instance, would possibly I respectfully ask that in addition they use the informal kind, a la the Rolling Stones’ “Waiting on a Friend”?

That means, readers would possibly be capable of perceive that the writer is talking in slang, deliberately butchering the “Anguish Languish” (tip o’ the hat to Howard L. Chace).

I would come with the absurd use of the phrase “till” as a alternative for the contraction “ ’til.” However that must wait on one other day.

Stephen S. Ripley, Arlington

Congratulations to my fellow T.C. Williams Excessive Faculty (now Alexandria Metropolis Excessive Faculty) monitor workforce alumnus Noah Lyles on attaining the American 200-meter dash report at this 12 months’s world championships, as famous within the July 22 Sports activities article “Lyles really lets it rip.” I hope by the point Lyles breaks the world report in that occasion, sportswriters can dig slightly deeper into the bag of folksy phrases than this text’s “Lyles crossed the finish line, an acre between him and [the] American runners-up.”

I notice this was an try and be colourful within the grand custom of sports activities reporting, however an acre is at all times only a unit of space and bears no relation in anyway to linear distance — which is what is going to at all times separate Lyles from the pack. Subsequent time, strive a “light-year.”

Observe protection is operating on empty

The July 24 Sports activities article “Dominance on the track, fan apathy off it” revealed the priority of athletes and supporters alike that the world monitor and discipline championships didn’t get adequate public consideration. Clearly, this main occasion — second solely to the Olympics for monitor and discipline athletes — was not nicely promoted. The irony of this truth is that The Post’s protection of the video games, which shouldn’t be formed by a company’s promotional actions, was minimal, contributing to this near-invisibility.

Apart from human curiosity tales comparable to participation by Ukrainian athletes, I might discover no every day account of the accomplishments of those world-class athletes, together with those that established world or American information.

Vincent De Sanctis, Tilghman, Md.

Is irony misplaced on The Post’s editors? After just about ignoring the world monitor and discipline championships throughout the complete competitors, it printed the July 24 Sports activities article “Dominance on the track, fan apathy off it,” which reported, “World Athletics, the global governing body of track and field, views America as a market ‘not punching its weight.’ ” The article decried the seeming lack of publicity for a sport that, in line with the article, has “50 million recreational runners and a high school system in which more kids participate than any other sport.”

Did the editors miss the report variety of U.S. medals, a world report and the world’s best feminine monitor athlete in historical past making, nicely, historical past, once more? One might solely guess for The Post’s seeming lack of curiosity.

Since reporting on July 17 that “Trade of Soto may be on table,” The Post has written:

“Spotlight inevitably will remain squarely on Nationals’ young slugger,” July 19;

“Trout? Mantle? Aaron? No comparison would be too outrageous for Soto.,” July 20;

“Corbin deal could affect what Nats get for Soto,” July 21;

“Trading Soto might be smart, but it also might be impossible,” July 22;

“Soto trade or not, Nats will be busy at deadline,” July 23;

“If Nats lose another star, fans might leave as well,” July 24;

“Uncertainty with Soto lingers over Washington,” July 25;

“Why do Nats let stars leave? Soto’s exit would revive the question.,” July 26.

Within the span of every week, The Post ran no less than eight articles in regards to the doable commerce of Juan Soto. I’m hard-pressed to consider anybody, aside from world leaders, who has obtained a lot protection, however I can consider loads extra who ought to — particularly those that don’t stand to make a whole lot of tens of millions of {dollars} enjoying a sport. (And we marvel why a beer at Nationals Park is $10.)

It’s unfunny as a result of it’s true

I used to be dissatisfied by Suzie McKay’s July 23 Free for All letter, “Saying it all — or saying too much.” She was “appalled” by the “Doonesbury” strip of July 10 wherein a younger man between 18 and 21 was unable to buy alcohol however was in a position to buy an assault weapon. She thought the strip inappropriate due to latest mass killings and mentioned she was “saddened … this would be considered ‘funny.’ ” However, for the previous 50-plus years, “Doonesbury” has at all times featured nationwide social and political matters, has usually survived publications’ removing makes an attempt due to readers’ overwhelming requests for reinstatement, and has even been positioned on some editorial pages.

“Doonesbury” is arguably an important cartoon ever produced.

Due to the legally convoluted however apparent system of congressional bribery we permit on this nation, the July 10 strip, sadly, is true. Relying on the state, it’s more durable to purchase a product (cigarettes) that may kill the customer in 20 or 30 years than it’s to purchase a product (an assault weapon with high-capacity magazines) that may kill scores of different individuals the following day. There is nothing humorous about that.

Dave Bort, Keedysville, Md.

I agree with the thought of shooting-death field scores, as proposed in Dave Roberts’s July 23 Free for All letter, “Front-page news every day.” What will get measured will get completed.

I used to be nearly to go exterior after I learn the July 25 Climate abstract, “Miserable heat and storm risks.” Boy, was I completely happy I didn’t go exterior! Who in his proper thoughts would enterprise into the good outdoor when The Post warned us that warmth index values might close to the mid-100s? A warmth index close to 150 is an excessive amount of for me to deal with!

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