Strike 1: As documented originally by Draw and Strike (HT Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters), the story of a classmate as told to ABC News differs significantly from what the Washington Post originally carried. The Post has tried to modify its original story to incorporate the differing information — without informing its readers that it has done so.
Strike 2: As Sheppard notes, even after the undisclosed correction, the Post STILL appears to have gotten it wrong.
Strike 3: The Post story is, according to the Romney haircut incident target’s sisters, completely wrong about their memory of the incident — because they have none, because they say their brother never told them about the incident:
The older sister of Mitt Romney’s former high school classmate said she has no knowledge of any bullying incident involving her brother and the GOP presidential candidate.
Christine Lauber, who is a few years older than John Lauber, was at college when the alleged incident happened, and said the brother and sister were “doing our own thing” at the time.
When ABC News showed her the story, Christine Lauber’s eyes welled up with tears and she became agitated.
She also corrected the story, saying her brother was a boarder, not a day student.
She described her brother as a “very unusual person.”
“He didn’t care about running with the peer group,” Christine Lauber said. “What’s wrong with that?”
Betsy Lauber, one of John Lauber’s three sisters, spoke with ABC News Tuesday night regarding the accuracy of the story.
“The family of John Lauber is releasing a statement saying the portrayal of John is factually incorrect and we are aggrieved that he would be used to further a political agenda. There will be no more comments from the family,” she said.
Jason Horowitz — That’s three strikes (you could cut the above into a couple more pieces and get to five very easily). You should be out. Unless you have some kind of defense for all of this which I cannot imagine you have (in which case you should be suspended until all matters are clarified), you should be resign. If you won’t, you should be fired — and you’re probably not the only one.
This is Jason Horowitz’s and the the Washington Post’s Rathergate.