Under pressure from its in-house union and left-wing activists, the Washington Post pulled its sponsorship of a September 11 memorial walk organized by the Department of Defense. The event, dubbed ??¢â???¬?????Freedom Walk,??¢â???¬ will honor victims of 9/11 and salute military veterans.
After the Post??¢â???¬â???¢s own reporters rebelled, claiming the event endorsed the Iraq War, the newspaper??¢â???¬â???¢s executives pulled the plug. It will instead make a financial contribution to the Pentagon Memorial Fund. The Media Research Center??¢â???¬â???¢s Tim Graham notes, however, that the Post (along with about a dozen other media outlets) is still sponsoring the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association conference scheduled for next month in Chicago, about which there has been no outcry. Rick Weiss, a Post reporter and its Newspaper Guild representative, told HUMAN EVENTS the Post shouldn??¢â???¬â???¢t be involved with any overtly political event–liberal or conservative. Weiss said the union hadn??¢â???¬â???¢t discussed the conference, but promised to raise the issue at its next meeting. The Post??¢â???¬â???¢s official spokesman, Eric Grant, didn??¢â???¬â???¢t respond to HUMAN EVENTS??¢â???¬â???¢ inquiry.