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Posted at 7:51 PM ET, 11/ 9/2010

Bias in The Post's 'Team Thomas' editorial

By Harry Thomas Jr., Washington

A Nov. 8 editorial touting “The latest on Team Thomas” leads me once again to question the motives of The Post and the editorial page’s continued — and oddly inappropriate — foray into investigative reporting. The paper talked to my lawyer, but its efforts to contact me for comment were unsuccessful, so I was unable to provide my perspective — but no matter. As previous editorials demonstrate, when I am contacted, it’s simply to provide a false sense of objectivity.

The commentary insinuated that the use of Team Thomas funds for my 2007 annual report was underhanded. The Team Thomas contribution was used to directly highlight in the report the work of the organization to promote swing sports among District youth. The annual report displays the Team Thomas logo alongside the union bug and has been available on my Web site since the day it was released. Hard copies were mailed to more than 10,000 households in February 2008.

I view the cost of the annual report as a legitimate Team Thomas expenditure. Contributions received and expenses for this purpose will be included as part of the full accounting of Team Thomas. I ask that The Post reciprocate and do the same: Please disclose to readers how a once highly regarded newspaper has deteriorated to the point where its editorial board will repeatedly promote an agenda against someone who did not support the Post-endorsed mayoral candidate.

The writer is a member of the D.C. Council (D-Ward 5).

By Harry Thomas Jr., Washington  | November 9, 2010; 7:51 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic  
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