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 √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??Freedom Walk,√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨ ¬Ě will honor victims of 9/11 and salute military veterans.
After the Post√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs own reporters rebelled, claiming the event endorsed the Iraq War, the newspaper√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs executives pulled the plug. It will instead make a financial contribution to the Pentagon Memorial Fund. The Media Research Center√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs 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√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt be involved with any overtly political event–liberal or conservative. Weiss said the union hadn√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt discussed the conference, but promised to raise the issue at its next meeting. The Post√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs official spokesman, Eric Grant, didn√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt respond to HUMAN EVENTS√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ę inquiry.