By Arthur Alpert
I was asking here, back on Jan. 19, if the Journal was turning over a new leaf. For the previous day, it had published a wire story questioning the GOP claim that President Obama’s health care reform would cost jobs.
True, you had to reach page C7 to find the McClatchy dispatch, but I was in no mood to quibble. When a Republican Party organ prints a story suggesting Republican leaders are fudging the truth, the only proper response is applause.
Subsequently, a Journal Watch reader alerted me to economist Dean Baker’s blog (Beat the Press at the Center for Economic and Policy Research), where Baker lauded AP for double-checking the Republican claim.
AP? AP Washington? It was true. You can read Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar’s account as published by USA Today on Baker’s site.
It’s my impression that Alonso-Zaldivar more thoroughly debunked the Republican “job-killing” canard than did McClatchy.
But I saw no need to comment further on the Journal’s failure to publish it. Not until this morning.
You see, Alonso-Zaldivar interviewed an expert skeptical of two central “promises” of the Obama health reform.
The Journal didn’t let this one get away. Better yet, the editors managed to squeeze it onto Page One.
If that McClatchy story hinted at a new leaf, does the Page One AP Washington story represent recidivism?