Press: Ex Post Facto

Defending an earmuff

When the Washington Post's "Ear" column passed along a rumor two weeks ago that the Reagans' guest quarters in Washington had been bugged just before last January's Inauguration, an outraged Jimmy Carter demanded a retraction and threatened a libel suit. Last week the Post responded in print, with an editorial that may have set a new standard for journalistic sophistry. "There are a lot of 'we's' at the Washington Post," it began, "but the one you are about to hear from comes about as close as you can get to being the basic, collective 'we'—the voice of the Washington...

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