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The Washington Post Tried To Memory-Hole Kamala Harris' Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water

At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political "team" or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.

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UPDATE: As of 1:15 p.m. on January 22, The Washington Post has updated its website and URLs to restore the original version of the Kamala Harris profile detailed in Reason's post, below.

"We should have kept both versions of the story on the Post's site (the original and updated one), rather than redirecting to the updated version," Kris Coratti, the Post's vice president for communications, told Reason in a statement on Friday. "We have now done that, and you will see the link to the original at the top of the updated version."

Reason has updated the headline of this story to reflect those changes. The rest of the story remains unaltered. 

When The Washington Post published a 2019 campaign trail feature about then-presidential hopeful Kamala Harris' close relationship with her sister, it opened with a memorable anecdote in which Harris bizarrely compared the rigors of the campaign trail to…life behind bars.

And then proceeded to laugh—at the idea of an inmate begging for a sip of water.

It was an extremely cringeworthy moment, even by the high standards set by Harris' failed presidential campaign. But now that Harris is vice president, that awful moment has seemingly vanished from the Post's website after the paper "updated" the piece earlier this month.

Here's how the first seven paragraphs of that article, published by the Post on July 23, 2019, and bylined by features reporter Ben Terris, originally appeared:

It was the Fourth of July, Independence Day, and Kamala Harris was explaining to her sister, Maya, that campaigns are like prisons.

She'd been recounting how in the days before the Democratic debate in Miami life had actually slowed down to a manageable pace. Kamala, Maya and the rest of the team had spent three days prepping for that contest in a beach-facing hotel suite, where they closed the curtains to blot out the fun. But for all the hours of studying policy and practicing the zingers that would supercharge her candidacy, the trip allowed for a break in an otherwise all-encompassing schedule.

"I actually got sleep," Kamala said, sitting in a Hilton conference room, beside her sister, and smiling as she recalled walks on the beach with her husband and that one morning SoulCycle class she was able to take.

"That kind of stuff," Kamala said between sips of iced tea, "which was about bringing a little normal to the days, that was a treat for me."

"I mean, in some ways it was a treat," Maya said. "But not really."

"It's a treat that a prisoner gets when they ask for, 'A morsel of food please,' " Kamala said shoving her hands forward as if clutching a metal plate, her voice now trembling like an old British man locked in a Dickensian jail cell. "'And water! I just want wahtahhh….'Your standards really go out the f—ing window."

Kamala burst into laughter.

It should go without saying that choosing to run for the most powerful political office in the world is absolutely nothing like being behind bars—and getting to squeeze in a morning SoulCycle session before sitting down for an interview with a national newspaper is not remotely the same as dying of thirst. None of this is funny.

The scene was a brilliant bit of reporting and writing because it did what few political features can accomplish: showing, rather than telling, something about the candidate at the center. Harris made her name as a prosecutor, and her track record includes defending dirty cops and laughing off criticism of her history of throwing poor parents in jail when their kids missed school. The Post profile provided a mask-slipping moment that seemed to perfectly capture a warped sense of justice and lack of basic human dignity—all in just a few hundred words.

We've republished that passage here because you won't find it on the Post's website any longer.

The rest of the profile is still there, but with a new opening anecdote (presumably authored by political reporter Chelsea Janes, whose byline has been added to the piece and who has authored several fawning pieces about Harris this week) that compares now-Vice President Harris' relationship with her sister to that of former President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert. After the opening section, the rest of the piece appears nearly identical to the version originally published in July 2019.

But what happened to the old version? The headline for that 18-month-old article still appears on Terris' page on the Post website with the original date it was published, but clicking the link redirects users to the new version published this month—the version that omits Harris' awful commentary about campaigns and prisons.

Other links to the original piece also now redirect to the sanitized version. Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown, for example, highlighted the Terris profile of Harris on the July 24, 2019, version of the Reason Roundup. Click through that link now, however, and you won't find Harris' inartful "joke" about inmates dying of thirst.

The original quote might have demonstrated something about Harris—indeed, it suggests why her presidential primary campaign flopped so hard—but its disappearance suggests something about the Post, and about the way traditional political media are preparing to cover Harris now that she's one heartbeat away from the presidency.

Reason asked the Post why the Harris feature was updated, and if the paper could point to other examples of "updating" political features to remove details that show officials in an unflattering light.

As part of an online series rolled out before President Joe Biden's and Harris' inauguration, "we repurposed and updated some of our strong biographical pieces about both political figures," Molly Gannon Conway, the Post's communications manager, told Reason via email on Thursday. "The profile of Maya Harris was updated with new reporting, as noted online, using the existing URL. The original story remains available in print."

Conway did not include any other examples of content that had been similarly updated. She also did not respond to a question about whether Harris' team had requested the change. The vice president's office did not return a request for comment.

The Post, of course, can do whatever it pleases with its own content. It can update or rearrange or delete any detail in any story at any time.

Still, the decision to remove that specific passage—and to replace it with a puffy opening about how Maya has "been a constant companion along Kamala Harris's journey into history"—is questionable at best. Yes, Harris' inauguration as America's first female vice president is historic, but that's no reason to ignore or erase her troubling history as a cop and politician. It also raises questions about the Post's approach to covering Harris going forward. At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political "team" or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception—is there any doubt that the Post would not have treated an inartful comment from Mike Pence in the same way?

Intentional or not, the memory-holing of the older version of the piece sends a message that the Post is willing to pave over its own good journalism to protect a powerful politician from her own words.

Luckily, nothing is ever really gone on the internet.

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  1. Kamala Harris Joked about prisoners begging for food and a sip of water.

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    3. This statement happened in 2019.. it is now 2021. Just curious as to why we waited so long to learn about this here.

      1. Reason’s Elizabeth Nolan Brown, for example, highlighted the Terris profile of Harris on the July 24, 2019, version of the Reason Roundup. Click through that link now, however, and you won’t find Harris’ inartful “joke” about inmates dying of thirst.

        They covered it and they linked it in this story.

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      3. Her primary campaign was so dismal no one covered it. Now she’s the VP so it’s relevant.

    4. It’s hilarious to me that Reason thinks they have a shred of credibility left.

      1. Look, just because most of the Reason staff voted for Biden / Harris, oblivious to the fact all this would happen, in no way diminishes their ability to present information in a Libertarian manner.

        MSNBC and CNN also do an admirable job presenting politics with a “libertarian” slant.

        1. Cite for “most of Reason” voting for Biden/Harris?

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              1. I dunno, but you have to step far over the edge to get the ban-hammer.
                Turd linked to kiddie-porn and he’s been allowed to return; that should give you a hint.
                WK is a TDS-addled lefty shit, but look around; THAT won’t get you banned. It might get you a job at Reason, right Sullum?

          2. Oh please, reason published an article showing Biden was the overall winner of the reason staff sweepstakes. Look it up.

            Look, I get it from a pragmatic point. Their pals in the media are trying to lump libertarians in with the alt-right or whatever, hard to get into fancy parties now, so they voted for Biden. Shows no strength of character or principles, but what is one to do ?

            1. Jo Jorgensen was the winner. But , hey, spread the lie.

              1. Fuck off slaver. Read my post below, I corrected myself.

                Still The reason staff had a significant vote for Biden. They get to live with the action….

          3. When you discount the fact that like 90% of the Reason staff “wasted” their vote on Jo Jorgensen, then most of them did vote for Biden lol

            1. True, it was 11 for Jo, 5 for Biden, 1 for Trump, if my worthless drunk math is correct.

              Think this shows a collectivist, group identity tilt in the reason staff.

              But, who could have seen all the that would come ? Not like we have 47 years of Biden to examine.

              1. I’m going to assume that Shikha was the one who voted for Trump. She probably couldn’t imagine life without him.

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  2. I expected these attacks. Racist, white “libertarians” would eventually turn their ire against a strong, capable Black woman. Why can’t you bigots admit that she’s just a better person than you sniveling cretins?

    1. Better than the Rev, Rabbi.

      1. The only thing forgotten was a reference to “clingers”…

    2. The ire is at the Washington Post. If a Republican had made such a nasty joke, it would never be memory holed.

      1. If it had been a Republican, it would be mentioned weekly till his death. Then it would be the second sentence in his obituary.

        Any argument regarding the joke itself is a poor attempt to distract from the actual issue of the Washington Post “repurposing” an article into a “Kamala 2024” political advertisement.

        I almost wish I had renewed my subscription in December, so I could have demanded my $29 back now.

    3. because she is a hypocritical smugasswipe. that’s why. we don’t hate her because she’s black or a female…we hate her because she is a two faced prosecuting elitist that made her bones jailing blacks (and others that couldn’t afford decent lawyers) and cackling about it. shilling for the state as she peddled her race to the ghetto. odious is a good term for that. agai,NOTHING to do with black or being a chick…she’s just a garden variety cunt

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  3. The Post, of course, can do whatever it pleases with its own content. It can update or rearrange or delete any detail in any story at any time.

    That may be literally true, but it makes what they are doing no longer journalism. If someone cited the electronic version of that particular article for a paper, then the citation is no longer valid. This is definitive proof that their reporting cannot be relied upon. They are no different than Wikipedia.

    1. If someone cited the electronic version of that particular article for a paper, then the citation is no longer valid. This is definitive proof that their reporting cannot be relied upon. They are no different than Wikipedia.

      You know who else was well known for regularly changing the past?

      1. Dr. McCoy?

        1. Dr. Who ?

      2. Sam Beckett?

        1. Who was I waiting for again?

      3. Marty McFly?

      4. Nikole Hannah-Jones?

      5. Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

    2. Wikipedia, as a democratic encyclopedia, represents the collective knowledge of society and should be taken as the complete and unassailable truth.

      1. Absolutely! Take the continuing truths about the 1619 project:

        At this time (1665), there were only about 300 people of African origin living in the Virginia Colony, about 1% of an estimated population of 30,000. The first group of 20 or so Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619 as indentured servants. After working out their contracts for passage money to Virginia and completing their indenture, each was granted 50 acres (20 ha) of land (headrights). This enabled them to raise their own tobacco or other crops.

        In one of the earliest freedom suits, Casor argued that he was an indentured servant who had been forced by Anthony Johnson, a free black, to serve past his term; he was freed and went to work for Robert Parker as an indentured servant. Johnson sued Parker for Casor’s services. In ordering Casor returned to his master, Johnson, for life, the court both declared Casor a slave and sustained the right of free blacks to own slaves.

        Rewriting history. Wikipedia style
        I suspect this is an attempt to conflate actual slavery, by force, with a contract of indenture, voluntarily entered into for a period of time.
        This will help blur the blatant lie of slaves being brought to Jamestown in 1619, when the fact is that they were indentured servants who sold their indenture to pay the passage to the new world.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Casor
        Interesting note concerning Wikipedia;
        This is the text I captured April 15th.
        At this time (1665), there were only about 300 people of African origin living in the Virginia Colony, about 1% of an estimated population of 30,000. The first group of 20 or so Africans were brought to Jamestown in 1619 as indentured servants. After working out their contracts for passage money to Virginia and completing their indenture, each was granted 50 acres (20 ha) of land (headrights). This enabled them to raise their own tobacco or other crops.
        This is how it now reads
        At this time, there were only about 300 people of African origin living in the Virginia Colony, about 1% of an estimated population of 30,000. The first group of 20 or so Africans were brought to Point Comfort in 1619 as enslaved Africans. After working between 15 and 30 years, most were granted their freedom to purchase land and start their own homestead.
        (this bit has been added)
        Although most historians believe slavery, as an institution, developed much later, they differ on the exact status of their servitude before slavery was established, as well as differing over the date when this took place. The colonial charter entitled English subjects and their children the rights of the common law, but people of other nations were considered foreigners or aliens outside the common law. At the time, the colony had no provision for naturalizing foreigners.
        Welcome to the revolution!

        A bit more – – – –
        The changes were made on October 29, 2020:
        Major restatements were from ‘indentured servant’ to ‘enslaved African’, from ‘Jamestown’ to ‘Point Comfort’ (perhaps to avoid searches including Jamestown? Point Comfort is 40 miles downriver from Jamestown), from ‘granted land’ to ‘granted their freedom to purchase land’ (after serving an indenture, they were free by law, and no granting of the freedom to purchase was needed).
        Here is the link to the edit page
        https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Casor&diff=next&oldid=979332193
        Kind of proves my speculation in the original reply, I think.

      2. Someone missed the 2+2=whatever the Party says it does section of 1984. Or maybe you didn’t.

    3. Worse than Wikipedia, I’d say. Wikipedia is inherently changeable (and you shouldn’t cite any kind of encyclopedia in a serious paper, let alone one that anyone can edit) and they don’t pretend otherwise (though their neutral POV standard is not terribly well respected in many subject areas, to say the least).

        1. Liberal privilege.

          Do you ever tire of being wrong? Or do you secretly enjoy the humiliation? Or not so secretly?

      1. Their neutral POV is not respected in any place where a neutral POV is important.

        1. I’d say that’s fair. I use it mostly for math and science stuff, recent culture and non-controversial historical topics. It serves its purpose well there.

          1. As I tell my students use it as a starting point for sources or to win bar bets.

  4. ‘A morsel of food please,’ ” Kamala said shoving her hands forward as if clutching a metal plate, her voice now trembling like an old British man locked in a Dickensian jail cell. “‘And water! I just want wahtahhh….

    This is why I cringe when my liberal friends post on Facebook about how excited they are about the first female Vice President. Yeah, that’s great, but you are getting excited over Kamala Harris.

    1. The other night my brother and I were teasing my mom about what a woman has to do to justify calling her the c-word. Then we just started listing all the awful things Harris has done. Can we call her the c-word word for that, how about that, what about that, etc.

      1. Criticize her without the misogyny of using the “c-word”. There are serious criticisms to make; it is a distraction from the seriousness to resort to name calling.

        1. Why would you need to use hair spaces in your name if you’re not banned?

          Why play games?

        2. In the round up thread you called many people names.

          1. Actually, I didn’t. It’s not my M.O. And I would never call someone a “cunt”.

            But facts never get in your way.

            1. Fuck off and die soon, traitor

              1. Ah, the violent side of Nardz shows itself.

                1. White Knight, who calls himself “White Knight” because Tulpa made him mad, got banned then used Tulpas trick to hide it because he is embarrassed.

                  But he got caught and is hiding behind his “Queen Amalthea” sock because he got told to sit down and shut up.

                2. Suggesting a TDS-addled lefty shit die is in no way violent, but keep wrapping yourself in victim-hood, TDS-addled lefty shit.
                  Oh, and fuck off and die.

                3. He didn’t threaten you. He just suggested that you SHOULD die. That isn’t violent.

                  Apologize to Nardz.

        3. a number of my liberal California friends loathe Harris because of her performance as an uber prosecutor.

      2. She is not a cunt. She lacks the warmth and the depth.

        1. Funniest comment ever on Reason

        2. Awesome. I’m borrowing that one.

    2. I’m sorry you got banned.

    3. This is why I cringe when my liberal friends post on Facebook about how excited they are about the first female Vice President.

      What better message to send to young women that the key to being an empowered female is a good pair of knee-pads.

      1. Every male feminist: “We must respect every woman’s choice, as long as it leads intersectionally to them making us a sandwich.”

        1. You mean as long as it leads to us getting some head…

          Saw this young couple on the news who went to the inauguration and the guy was wearing a pink pussy hat. I don’t think I would stoop to that even if I was getting a BJ every night.

          1. As someone who can get double BJs every night, I’d never stoop that low.

        2. This is actually truth

      2. It’s a shame, because it would be great to be able to show young women an example of an honorable, competent woman becoming president or vice president. But, instead, the two-party system has offered us Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris as role models for young women.

        1. Why would you need to use hair spaces in your name if you’re not banned?

          Why play games?

          You got banned.

        2. You’re overcompensating.

        3. Modern politicians are neither honorable or competent, so no finding one that is also a woman.

    4. The problem is that when you state that you have a neutral viewpoint but then continually degrade the losing side during a conflict, your criticism of the winner after the outcome has been determined rings hollow.

      Yes, it is the ‘no true Scotsman’ fallacy, but you haven’t been wearing a kilt, dude, that’s a mini-skirt. It’s not hiding anything.

      1. Well, let me clarify, I’m a libertarian. I disagree with a lot of Biden and Harris’ policies.

        I disagree with Democrat and Republican parties about a lot of things.

        I think Biden is a mediocrity. I dislike Harris. I loathe Trump.

        So, not exactly neutrality — I think Trump is an **exceptionally** awful person.

        1. Biden is a rapist. Are you OK with that?

          -jcr

          1. Cite? I know that he was accused of sexual harassment, but I don’t recall a rape charge.

            Anyway, to answer your question, if he raped someone, no I’m not OK with it. If he indeed sexually harassed someone, I’m not OK with it.

              1. So, “Wow”, but no cite.

                1. White Knight, who calls himself “White Knight” because Tulpa made him mad, got banned then used Tulpas trick to hide it because he is embarrassed.

            1. Yes, there is a rape charge on record.
              He’s a racist, rapist, anti-semitic, child molesting Nazi with Alzheimers.

              If you think that’s better than Trump, you are deranged.

            2. He has been accused of rape.

            3. His victim’s name is Tara Reid. Look up her interview about the crime on YouTube, and then come on back here and admit that Biden belongs behind bars.

              -jcr

        2. And here it is. You think the personality of the president is more important than the policies. That is why you aren’t a libertarian. You put feelings over actual things that matter like policy and effects on individual liberty.

          You’d rather have a 47 year grifter who became a millionaire from foreign entities who voted for every war put in front of him, signed the crime bill, cavorted with racists, etc… because you think someone has a bad personality.

          That’s the difference between you and me. I try to focus on what actually effects my life and make my decisions based on that. You focus on feels and will defer to the left because the media tells you they are more pleasant.

          1. TWK while in a reeducation camp : “Yeah, but at least Dementia/Kneepads didn’t hurt my feelings!”

          2. ” You think the personality of the president is more important than the policies.”

            I think they are both important. It’s your putting words in my mouth to say that I think one is more important than the other.

            1. Do you prefer Biden to Trump?

              1. Yes, but that’s a low bar. Trump is a low-life cretin, Biden is a mediocrity whose policies I often disagree with.

                1. White Knight, who calls himself “White Knight” because Tulpa made him mad, got banned then used Tulpas trick to hide it because he is embarrassed.

                2. But Biden’s policies are much more dangerous to freedom and the economy. Look at the executive orders he issued yesterday. Back in the Paris Accord which is a sellout to the Chinese. Allowing Chix with Dix to compete at the high school and college level against women/girls. A lot of symbolism that does actual harm. Killing the Keystone Pipeline has both a economic and fairness affect. It means that the governments permission and word is worthless. Another puts the payout to non-profits ahead of the victims.

                  These are policies that do actual harm whether it is raising the pricing that we will pay or harming victims to reward favored community groups. This is like in a civil suit having the other side negotiate for your lawyer’s compensation before deciding how much you will get. How does that assure fairness to the people who actually experienced the loss?

                  I take policies over personality any day. I didn’t care for Trump and didn’t vote for him. It mattered not in my state which is a deep red state. I couldn’t vote for Biden because it would be a voted against my best interests.

            2. Character is destiny and the former president’s character ended up sealing his destiny. He will be remembered more for the last two months than any of the economic successes he achieved in his first 36 months.

              1. 36+2 = 38
                Given you can’t even add, it’s no great surprise you’re a TDS-addled whit. Stuff your TDS up your ass; your head wants company.

            3. “I think they are both important…”

              Which pretty much explains why you are recognized as a TDS-addled lefty shit.

          3. It does no good to focus on specifics. You get one vote every four years, and that vote has to stand for everything, and that makes it useless.

            All that is left is very general policies, which actually matters very little — look how little Trump actually got done, other than judicial appointments. Didn’t end many wars. Didn’t cut back very many regulations, didn’t drain the swamp.

            All you have left is personality — how will each candidate react in a crisis? How well will they cajole others into adopting their policies?

            The difference between Democrats and historic trends is vast — Biden plans to spend his way into the history books and cripple the economy with COVID panics and Green Raw Deal panics. But otherwise Biden’s plans are very little different from Trump.

            1. fuck off Brandybuck

            2. What an idiotic analysis.

          4. Yeah, it’s amazing watching them suddenly realize what Bidet is.

        3. Trump is an awful person…..and ? Biden is also an awful person, whose policies are even worse then what Trump did.

          I try to leave popularity out of my voting, rather chose an awful person who has better policy.

          Example: Biden is a warmonger. Voted for, well all of the wars. I got to spend some wonderful time in the deserts of the world due to his votes. Thousands and thousands of people died.

          Trump is mean on twitter.

          I think Biden’s awfulness outweighs Trumps, but I’m weird and count the number of bodies their policies created.

          1. They are both awful. Trump’s awfulness goes well beyond “mean tweets”. I’m fine if you feel Biden is more awful than Trump, just as long as you are not like some here who worship him.

            1. Trump is awful, but he didn’t get much done and failed to start any new wars, that makes him the best of the last 4 presidents, sadly.

              1. He did manage to eliminate a few bureaucrats. He’s a bit too executive statist, but that comes from being a CEO. And it turns out literally the entirety of DC WAS against him, so any accomplishments are an accomplishment.

        4. “Well, let me clarify, I’m a libertarian.”

          You’re a TDS-addled lying pile of lefty shit.

    5. obviously its my male privilege talking, but i’m still struggling to see the victory that is supposed to be Harris becoming veep. Get overwhelmingly rejected by voters, then end up in office because you’re chosen by the oldest blandest man in history because you check the right boxes? GIRL POWER!!

      “Look up to Kalama Harris!” is hardly a message i’m inspired to give my daughter

      1. Worse, look down to Harris. She’s on her knees for a reason.

      2. “Kalamity Harris”

      3. Or she was chosen by the Soros family, because Biden is past choosing anything but what to order for breakfast.

        1. Obama chose her.

    6. So what did you get banned for?

    7. Is this like when Jeff pretends he is neutral by claiming one time he is against a liberal talking point, and then the 99% of all other threads he doesn’t?

      Harris being awful didn’t change today. Yet I doubt there is a single post against her by you all of last year. So why did you post this today? Because you are being torn to shreds in the Round Up thread for the biased hack you are?

  5. Yes. This is what people have been noticing for years, that the legacy press has been acting like the Democrat’s public relations
    staff, rather than a news service. This is part of why their complaints about misinformation about conservative news ring so hollow.

    1. Sorry, Mr. Rat but reality has a liberal bias.

      1. CHAnging the past is reality?

      2. It’s just interesting that one segment of the population also carries that bias. Nearly half disagree.

      3. Reality is that fag bags don’t stop a virus, you can’t eliminate the poverty line by raising the baseline wage that defines it, and the Northwest Passage is still not navigable.

        So I’m not sure what universe is the liberal reality, but it’s not this one.

  6. One might even argue that obscuring the truth about a politician would undermine the ability of people to intelligently vote, that perhaps “Democracy Dies in Darkness”.

    1. That’s their business model.

  7. George Orwell was a true visionary.

    1. he surely would shake his head as we see it happen in real time.

  8. Oh, the Washington Post is retconning the past?

    It’s always so amusing when the younglings notice something for the first time and think they’ve discovered something new when some of us have known this for years. It reminds me of the time my toddler accidentally stuck his chocolate bar into a jar of peanut butter and was so excited about this new taste sensation he had just serendipitously created.

    1. The Who said it best.

      1. Indeed. Hope I die before I get old may be the best we can hope for.

      2. “…if I should swallow anything evil, stick your finger down my throat?”

      3. If I had a radio station, I would play “Won’t get fooled again” continuously during elections.

      4. “Freedom tastes of reality”?

  9. I’m never sympathetic when a politician complains about the rigor of campaigning or the burdens of the office. I think back to what a grizzled old Senior Chief Petty Officer used to tell me when I would complain about life in the Navy: “Quitcher bitchin’. Ya volunteered.”

    Politicians don’t just volunteer for political office: they travel the country begging for it.

    1. Thank you for that. What, are we supposed to feel sorry for her? WTF? She’s ASKING for it. She’s BEGGING for it and she WANTS it in the WORST WAY.

      1. Thank you for making it sound dirty.

      2. And she got it in the worst way, starting with Willie Brown.

  10. The profile of Maya Harris was updated with new reporting, as noted online, using the existing URL. The original story remains available in print.”

    Democracy dies in print.

    1. Who the hell reads print?

      1. What does this even mean? That the Post didn’t search out all back print copies and redact them?

        1. I think it’s supposed to mean that the only copies they didn’t whitewash were the ones it was impossible for them to whitewash.

          1. Exactly.

            But if they could, they would.

    2. Made me laugh. It’s still in print only because they can’t confiscate and burn all the print copies.

  11. Post is placating to its dwindling readership that only wants to wear rose tinted glasses when looking at their political heroes. Nothing else matters in the era of “Orange Man Bad”.

  12. Perceived? We basically have a state run media.

    1. Looking more like we have a media run state – – – – – – – –

  13. It won’t “fix the perception”?

    What the fuck?

    It’s not just a perception, and they’re not trying to fix it.

    1. I was somewhat encouraged today to see the NYT fired an editor for making a biased tweet and factually inaccurate one at that, that praised Biden while bashing Trump. I don’t support firing people for tweets per se, but at least if they are going to, doing it on a non-ideological basis is better than on an ideological basis.

      1. And the NYT contributor who penned the lynch Pence editorial has lost his Think Tank job as well.

        1. I’d agree that if it’s going to happen, I’d hope it’d happen to both sides equally.

        2. Too late for the NYT to claim to be objective so I don’t really see the point.

      2. The word “lynch” was used so they pretty much had to.

  14. Reason is shocked to find out that main stream media is completely in the bag for team d, and will lie and cover up to help them.

    1. I had to re-read your name…

      They’re only shocked now that Biden is in office. During the Trump admin, it was scarcely mentioned…

    2. I doubt they’re shocked, but when half the country won’t admit something, it’s good to track new evidence as it piles up.

  15. “…reporter Chelsea Janes, whose byline has been added to the piece and who has authored several fawning pieces about Harris this week) that compares now-Vice President Harris’ relationship with her sister to that of former President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert.”

    Does this mean her sister will become attorney general?

    Merrick Garland, better call your office.

    1. So the third sibling is going to leave a woman to drown?

      1. I don’t even know if there is a third; but as for drowning…yeah, we’re going to be doing a lot of that.

      2. Nah, the Harris sisters know how to swallow.

      3. If she is drunk it doesn’t count.

    2. So she’s going to be assassinated? Or drive off a bridge? Or is it just simply slobbering?

  16. If Democracy Dies in Darkness, WaPo is doing everything they can to kill it.

  17. Not questionable at best. Reason should aspire to do this too. Look how good the POST is, why can’t we do that too?

  18. Why am I supposed to care when democrats win elections with a media this biased?

    If Trump’s election was illegitimate because of a dozen Facebook posts, then Joe Biden’s election is illegitimate because of the collusion of the media.

    Democracy dies in darkness. The media are the PR firm of the democrat party. The media killed democracy.

    1. Not darkness
      They blinded us with bias.

  19. “At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political “team” or the other, “

    [Citation Needed]

    Which legacy publications are playing for the ‘other’? You could have simply left out those last 3 words. I know, I know, BOTH SIDES, but still. “At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political “team” reads just as accurately, and more true.

  20. Lots of memory holing about Harris. Today’s local paper had an intrepid reporter go asking locals what they thought of Harris. All reviews were gushing, including a gem about Harris rising from poverty to such heights. As I recall, Harris’ parents were both PhD professors, with her father teaching at Stanford, and her mother being a scientist at U Cal Berkeley. I guess that means that like 99% of us were raised in poverty too.

    1. Hey, gotta have some log cabin to go with the Aunt Jemima.

      Ok that was pretty bad but sometimes I just can’t help myself.

      Go ahead and flag my ass I don’t care.

    2. For people who think that being able to afford a tent, laptop, and a month off work means they’re poor and being oppressed by the ‘1%’ – rather than being in the top 10% of earners worldwide – yes.

      These people have such cloistered worldviews but they, for some reason, think they’re sophisticated and worldly.

    3. It’s crazy. Her mother was from an Indian Brahmin family and her father a middle class Jamaican and they have both had successful academic careers. They may have been somewhat poor students when she was born. But everyone who isn’t rich is poor as a student. Trying to make her life into some kind of “authentic” African American experience is ridiculous.

      1. Also the residuals from the slave plantation her family owned probably set her family up for life.

  21. I think Mr Brown’s Willie knows something about Harris holes.

  22. You should see how fast they change dictionaries.
    Crony Capitalism? Give me a break….
    National Socialism – Right Wing? Sure, sure….

    It’s changing so fast it’s practically impossible to keep up.
    Anti-Fascist = Book burning
    Anti-Racist = Politically lobbying for skin color entitlements.
    Anti-Sexism = Politically lobbying for gender entitlements.

    Rubber Stamping legacy old words under completely contrary new meanings. It’s Counter Intelligence running wild.

  23. this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.

    Is the problem that there is a *perception* of bias or that there is a bias?

    Because I think the latter is the problem so I don’t really care what measures they will take to fix the perception of bias.

    1. Spot on. This is not a perception issue. There is real bias. I thought it was kind of obvious when you see 95/5 D/R splits among reporters, college professors and the like, but apparently it isn’t so obvious anymore.

    2. For the WP the problem is the perception. For those who care about truth and honesty, the problem is the bias and dishonesty.

    3. Reason, being faux opposition, has to pull punches.

  24. It really does make you wonder how much of Trump’s assholiness was really him, or the fact that the media went looking for it and amplifying it wherever they could find it, while they whitewash the politicians they approve of.

    How bad could the media make Kamala look if they treated her like Trump?

    1. Satire follows [not mine, Daily Wire maybe?]…I especially liked the part about not wearing masks, since I’ve been on the “rules for thee, not me” bus for awhile..

      WASHINGTON—Joe Biden became the oldest president in American history on Wednesday under a cloud of controversy. Questions continue to swirl about his physical and mental health, while personal scandals continue to haunt the incoming commander in chief, potentially undermining his ability to lead the country in the midst of a deadly pandemic.

      Biden, 78, delivered a relatively short, reasonably coherent inaugural address in front of a sparse crowd of supporters and thousands of National Guard troops mobilized in an overzealous display of military force. Partisan media outlets hailed the speech as one of the greatest rhetorical achievements in the history of politics and described Biden’s inauguration as “a majestic day” and “the dawn of a new era.”

      Biden, who at one point likened himself—without evidence—to Abraham Lincoln, declined to address the still-unresolved claim of sexual assault by former staffer Tara Reade and did not discuss the federal government’s ongoing investigation of his son, Hunter Biden, who is suspected of laundering money and committing tax fraud related to his questionable business ventures in China and Ukraine.

      After the speech, which included an emotional (if unconvincing) appeal for “unity,” Biden proceeded to erase several years’ worth of Trump administration policies with the stroke of a pen. The president signed a whopping 17 executive orders to amend federal policy without the consent of Congress, further straining the historic bounds of the Constitution.

      The unprecedented display of executive authority was followed by Biden’s norm-shattering decision to fire Peter Robb, general counsel at the National Labor Relations Board, in a blatant effort to appease Big Labor organizations that spent millions backing Democrats in 2020. Robb, whose four-year term was set to expire later this year, was terminated after he refused to resign voluntarily.

      Meanwhile, Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Labor came under fire for funneling cash to one of the president’s top advisers. Months before he was announced as Biden’s nominee for labor secretary, Boston mayor Marty Walsh began using campaign funds to pay SKDKnickerbocker, the consulting firm founded by senior White House adviser Anita Dunn, for “consulting” services. The firm has raked in a total of $90,000 from Walsh since September 2020.

      Despite his nominal commitment to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Biden was photographed at the Lincoln Memorial flaunting his own executive order, signed hours earlier, mandating the use of masks on federal property. Other members of the Biden family were also seen disregarding the public-safety measure, as the U.S. set a record for most COVID-19 deaths in a single day (4,409).

      The following day, the Biden administration cynically accused the Trump administration of failing to produce a vaccine-distribution plan. Even hardcore Democratic loyalists such as Politico editor Sam Stein were forced to admit the accusations were “not true.”

      While the Biden administration scrambled to confront the pandemic, which began in a communist country with ties to the president’s son, the partisan press eagerly sought to change the subject by reporting on the problematic changes to the Oval Office interior. The new additions, which Biden reportedly approved, included portraits of Franklin D. Roosevelt, architect of the racist Japanese-internment policy, and Benjamin Franklin, a notorious brothel hound.

      1. You need to submit that to someplace not addled by TDS.

      2. This is fantastic.

    2. no…he wore his assholiness on his sleeve and played that card with great relish and frequency. the media may merely read tweets and puked it back as “news”. including a series of tweets now counts as reportage!

    3. I heard that Rkelly peed on her. No shit, look it up.

  25. CNN repeated a debunked story that stated Trump had no vaccine roll out plan 47 times. I think that is as bad as this story.

    1. All the while knowing full well that some 15M doses of vaccine had already been rolled out and administered.

    2. My friend was just telling me this debunked story yesterday. I hadn’t heard it yet, but told her that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, considering the vaccine distribution had already been started. She said nope stupid Trump didn’t have a plan. Case closed.

  26. Anyone who hasn’t already known for years that WaPo is just another left-wing propaganda rag isn’t going to be persuaded now.

  27. Question – Were you all complaining and raging when Trump made fun of a disabled reporter? Or when he felt like he could go up to any woman and do whatever he wanted to them because he is a celebrity? Where was the article about that and the rage about that?

    1. You weren’t around then were you? Several commenters did chastise him harshly for that, as did several Reason editorials.

    2. Restrained by Logic over Emotional reactions? It baffles me so many vote on their emotions instead of logically electing someone who publicly lobbies on doing the ACTUAL job at hand and honoring their “oath of office”.

    3. Interesting that you bring this up in a media literacy article as Trump did no such thing.

      He made fun of a disabled reporter in the same exact manner that he made fun of everyone else. You were made to believe he made fun of the reporter being disabled and not being a shitty reporter because of his body language while not being shown prior examples from several years prior.

      Trump never opined about sex. He said women let you grab them by the pussy when you’re a star. Huge difference there, as much as you might wish there wasn’t since you’re a partisan trying to paint him as a serial rapist. I really don’t think his comments warrant further explanation since there is no credible evidence that he is a sexual criminal, but I seriously doubt he was even being literal, especially since he followed the statement by saying they let you do anything you want. It’s the sort of poorly worded explanation that most human beings make when they believe they’re in private talking to a friend about crude subjects. Telling someone that his fame led to women throwing themselves at him and bending over backwards to suck up to a wealthy celebrity is neither shocking nor noteworthy.

      See what I did there? There’s a lot of “sexual” language that we used as manners of speech.

      1. This is so clear and a perfectly intelligent and level headed distinction.

    4. “Question – Were you all complaining and raging when Trump made fun of a disabled reporter?…”

      Question – Why do you lie like that?

  28. Bravo Reason.

    You sure didn’t memory hole this story. You just saved it for a time when it didn’t mean anything.

    Bravo brave truth tellers.

  29. I get that we need to ‘break barriers’ and all that and there will always be a ‘first X’ until there aren’t but . . . why are the firsts always such fucking horrible human beings?

    1. Because they are career politicians?

    2. Because no decent human being is willing to do what’s necessary to become president.

  30. And the time she gave the Oakland PD a pass for their human trafficking?

  31. I’m not defending changing history, and I don’t like Kamala Harris and her prettied up imprisonment regime, but the original Harris story is a nothingburger. Kamala Harris used a prison metaphor. So what? Kamala Harris perceived life on the campaign trail as onerous. So what? What petty and essentially idiotic criticisms! I count on Reason to confront pearl clutching, not contribute to it.

    1. Your point is certainly valid. So why change it? How can a paper who’s motto is “Democracy Dies in Darkness” possibly justify editing a previously published story without a note?

      The Ministry of Truth already exists.

    2. The problem being called out here is changing the story to make her look better, not what she said in the first place.

      1. Or that’s my take on it, anyway.

        1. Oh this were notable WP news technique, all the way down to choosing capable artists to portray their journalists in illustrated fashion.

          If there is no reason to make a person look bad, then they have an easy method to remind that they have a way to make you look bad in-print only if your actions do it to yourself.

          Is it not true that they have set the slate clean & clear in recognizing the other 50% of two-party candidates selected by the free, critical minds of the defined electoral college? And they have prettied up her, Harris’s, standing honor like free people presented with the guillotine of plot device in the first scene of a play?

          The WP has its own take on democracy and does its own stunts.

      2. What’s it to you if the Washington Post decides it’s in its best interests if Democrats are in power? Republicans have made it quite clear that they think it’s shit propaganda anyway.

        I’ll eagerly await Reason’s list of demands on FOX News’s objectivity.

        1. They can do that if they want. But if they want to claim to be a news source of record, then they shouldn’t re-write history. You really don’t see any problem with that?
          If Fox starts changing stories from the past to make people look better or worse, I’ll call that a problem too. We know what the biases of various news sources are. That’s not the problem. The problem is lying about it.

          1. FOX News lies every minute of every hour after 5 pm Eastern.

            I just don’t think these things should matter to a libertarian. If the WaPo wants to market itself as the revealed wisdom of God’s own prophet Jeff Bezos, that sounds like freedom to me.

            What sounds like standard-issue Karl Rove Republican ratfucking is sniping out a single instance of something and feeding the narrative that real journalism is in a partisan tank (and hence the truth is to be found at you guessed it FOX News).

            If you ask me, any newspaper that cares about journalism would actively work against Republicans and other fascists ever gaining power, since a free press is one of the first things to go, and Republicans have been skull-fucking the concept of objective journalism for 30 relentless years.

            1. “FOX News lies every minute of every hour after 5 pm Eastern.”

              Don’t watch, but if you are not lying (which is a MAJOR assumption), that means they are doing better than WaPo, NYT, LA Times, SF Chron, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Vox, and others by at least 18 hours a day.

          2. Hey, people;

            Such comments here offer an obvious window to median geek culture.

            The WP doesn’t do that to their print editions.

            WP have apparently since fixed the joke outage, but good damn luck finding it on their site elephant:
            https://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3927948/posts

    3. Well-stated in modern jingo !

      If she wants to make people think about real consequences of prison, I already like her drama a bunch more than the one who wants to make people think about real in-your-face consequences of the treaded income tax unlimited spending machine tank!

    4. “I count on Reason to confront pearl clutching, not contribute to it.”

      Well that’s an idiotic expectation.

    5. Harris is basically the Rosa Parks of our time.

  32. But she doesn’t send mean tweets!!!!

  33. The magazine of Jacob “Orange Man Bad All Day Every Day” Sullum criticizing the media for “increasingly seen as playing for one political ‘team’ or the other” is TFW

  34. “The likeability question is sexist,” they chanted in unison.

    “All cops are bastards,” they chanted in unison.

    “By any means necessary,” they screamed with delight.

  35. Whenever the subject of Willie Brown’s whore comes up, please remember that she tried to murder a guy by suppressing the DNA evidence that sprung him from death row.

    -jcr

    1. john that was YEARS ago…well before the time she called biden a sexual assaultor. and that was over a year ago. dozens of news tweets have passed since then and we are in a new day of fawning vogue covers about strong women of color. no need at all to drag her long history of jailing blacks into this love fest

      we’re so fucked…

  36. Kamala is a strong woman of color and strong women of color have the privilege of laughing at the misery that they cause to others. What part of this do you not understand?!

  37. Has anyone called out the WaPo on this (other than this article)?

  38. Isn’t it exciting witnessing the birth of the Ministry of Truth?

    Of course, in a few months everybody will know the Ministry of Truth has always been here, protecting us.

    1. the Ministry of Truth has always been here…

      …covering our war with Eastasia.

  39. Pravda acting like Pravda. This isn’t news, it’s been happening for years, and this isn’t even the worst example this month.

  40. No Eric. The legacy media is not seen as playing for one team or the other. They are all propaganda organs for the DNC. Not unlike Reason.

  41. “At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political “team” or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.”

    There is no lack of evidence to already show that “perception” is simply the truth. Anyone who does not know that is being willfully blind to the last four years.

  42. At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political “team” or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.

    It’s pretty amusing Reason frames this as a problem of perception rather than noting how WAPO actually protects powerful leftists. They note the issue but somehow conclude it’s not actually happening.

    That’s a good Friday afternoon laugh.

    1. What if they are? The right tried to destroy the country the Washington Post makes money from. Isn’t it a private business sort of like FOX News?

      Let’s implement some socialist standards of fairness and see how well your preferred outlets fare.

      1. Shitstain here, assumes your desire for some measure of honesty from WaPo assumes a government control if they do not comply.
        Ken got shitsain’s number several days back:
        ““…We often think Tony, Shrike, and ChemJeff are being dishonest–especially when they don’t seem to learn anything from having their arguments shredded and smeared in their faces everyday for years. But the fact that they don’t seem to learn anything–knowledge wise or in terms of critical thinking–may be consistent with the hypothesis that they’re just not that bright.”

        It’s not that they are lying, which they are, it’s that they are too fucking stupid to discern a difference between their fantasies and reality; they do not understand that there is an objective reality.
        Shitstain here demonstrated that exact inability not long back when he proposes that “ideology” was a construct, ignoring the 100,000,000 innocent deaths caused by a specific “ideology” in the 20th century.

      2. socialist standards of fairness

        You need to cut way back on your meth consumption. There is no such thing as a socialist standard of fairness.

        -jcr

        1. If you think that, perhaps you won’t notice when it’s being shoved up inside you.

          1. Drunk again.

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  45. The Commissar Vanishes!

  46. In distantly related news, the Boston Globe announced it will purge old unfavorable stories about people if the Boston Globe now thinks the stories would be too embarrassing.

  47. At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political “team” or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.

    For the slow kids in the class, it’s not a perception.

  48. How often do you think they just never report the negative version in the first place?

    1. I think they should do a major expose on how the right stopped even pretending to have ideas in favor of constant, oppressive whining about how unfair it is that private corporations are hurting their feelings.

        1. Build your own newspaper. You can try to engage in the low rhetoric of hypocrisy sniping if you like, but I’m not the one with an iron clad principle of how free markets should work.

  49. “And then proceeded to laugh—at the idea of an inmate begging for a sip of water.” Get used to the “Harris Cackle”. You will hear it often during the next four years. It is usually heard in order to avoid answering a difficult question. Be afraid of the the Harris Cackle. Be very afraid.

    1. VERY…she is hillary without the cleverness

  50. My my how quickly we start making excuses for cancel culture when it shivs the right person.

    It’s hilarious watching dead-enders basically demand that media outlets do their meaningless partisan ratfucking on their behalf. You don’t have a constitutional right to Hunter Biden being humiliated for your own perverse ends.

    At any rate you’re going to have to decide eventually whether the Vice President is a jack-booted cop lover or a Marxist revolutionary.

    1. why not both?

      1. Because it is self-contradictory. She both wants to destroy the capitalist class and protect their property from the proles?

        It’s no problem though, and you can read the nice little Orwell excerpt below to understand why it’s not a problem when two contradictory ideas are presented by the same people at the same time. The confusion is the point!

        1. “Because it is self-contradictory.”

          Never stopped you or scumbag politicos before, shitstain.

        2. Tony, you pig-ignorant twat. Don’t you even know that Marxists in power are always absolute hypocrites? Parasites like Cameltoe want to loot anyone they can with the least possible effort. If the proles loot them first, it’s much more difficult for the ruling class to do so.

          -jcr

          1. Yes, nice impression of the common brownshirt.

            It doesn’t matter what she did. She’s black! The story writes itself. Marxist, corrupt cop, Muslim, she had sex once, who gives a shit. Just hate her because of what she is, and don’t pay attention to who she is. She isn’t a who. She’s a rat.

            Does that about cover it?

            1. Try acting like you have two brain-cells, shit-stain.

    2. Both, maybe?

  51. The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford were guilty of the crimes they were charged with. He had never seen the photograph that disproved their guilt. It had never existed, he had invented it. He remembered remembering contrary things, but those were false memories, products of selfdeception. How easy it all was! Only surrender, and everything else followed. It was like swimming against a current that swept you backwards however hard you struggled, and then suddenly deciding to turn round and go with the current instead of opposing it.

  52. On the sixth day of Hate Week, after the processions, the speeches, the shouting, the singing, the banners, the posters, the films, the waxworks, the rolling of drums and squealing of trumpets, the tramp of marching feet, the grinding of the caterpillars of tanks, the roar of massed planes, the booming of guns—after six days of this, when the great orgasm was quivering to its climax and the general hatred of Eurasia had boiled up into such delirium that if the crowd could have got their hands on the 2,000 Eurasian war-criminals who were to be publicly hanged on the last day of the proceedings, they would unquestionably have torn them to pieces—at just this moment it had been announced that Oceania was not after all at war with Eurasia. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Eurasia was an ally.

    There was, of course, no admission that any change had taken place. Merely it became known, with extreme suddenness and everywhere at once, that Eastasia and not Eurasia was the enemy. Winston was taking part in a demonstration in one of the central London squares at the moment when it happened. It was night, and the white faces and the scarlet banners were luridly floodlit. The square was packed with several thousand people, including a block of about a thousand schoolchildren in the uniform of the Spies. On a scarlet-draped platform an orator of the Inner Party, a small lean man with disproportionately long arms and a large bald skull over which a few lank locks straggled, was haranguing the crowd. A little Rumpelstiltskin figure, contorted with hatred, he gripped the neck of the microphone with one hand while the other, enormous at the end of a bony arm, clawed the air menacingly above his head. His voice, made metallic by the amplifiers, boomed forth an endless catalogue of atrocities, massacres, deportations, lootings, rapings, torture of prisoners, bombing of civilians, lying propaganda, unjust aggressions, broken treaties. It was almost impossible to listen to him without being first convinced and then maddened. At every few moments the fury of the crowd boiled over and the voice of the speaker was drowned by a wild beast-like roaring that rose uncontrollably from thousands of throats. The most savage yells of all came from the schoolchildren. The speech had been proceeding for perhaps twenty minutes when a messenger hurried on to the platform and a scrap of paper was slipped into the speaker’s hand. He unrolled and read it without pausing in his speech. Nothing altered in his voice or manner, or in the content of what he was saying, but suddenly the names were different. Without words said, a wave of understanding rippled through the crowd. Oceania was at war with Eastasia! The next moment there was a tremendous commotion. The banners and posters with which the square was decorated were all wrong! Quite half of them had the wrong faces on them. It was sabotage! The agents of Goldstein had been at work! There was a riotous interlude while posters were ripped from the walls, banners torn to shreds and trampled underfoot. The Spies performed prodigies of activity in clambering over the rooftops and cutting the streamers that fluttered from the chimneys. But within two or three minutes it was all over. The orator, still gripping the neck of the microphone, his shoulders hunched forward, his free hand clawing at the air, had gone straight on with his speech. One minute more, and the feral roars of rage were again bursting from the crowd. The Hate continued exactly as before, except that the target had been changed.

    The thing that impressed Winston in looking back was that the speaker had switched from one line to the other actually in midsentence, not only without a pause, but without even breaking the syntax. But at the moment he had other things to preoccupy him. It was during the moment of disorder while the posters were being torn down that a man whose face he did not see had tapped him on the shoulder and said, ‘Excuse me, I think you’ve dropped your brief-case.’ He took the brief-case abstractedly, without speaking. He knew that it would be days before he had an opportunity to look inside it. The instant that the demonstration was over he went straight to the Ministry of Truth, though the time was now nearly twenty-three hours. The entire staff of the Ministry had done likewise. The orders already issuing from the telescreen, recalling them to their posts, were hardly necessary.

    Oceania was at war with Eastasia: Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. A large part of the political literature of five years was now completely obsolete. Reports and records of all kinds, newspapers, books, pamphlets, films, sound-tracks, photographs—all had to be rectified at lightning speed. Although no directive was ever issued, it was known that the chiefs of the Department intended that within one week no reference to the war with Eurasia, or the alliance with Eastasia, should remain in existence anywhere. The work was overwhelming, all the more so because the processes that it involved could not be called by their true names. Everyone in the Records Department worked eighteen hours in the twenty-four, with two three-hour snatches of sleep. Mattresses were brought up from the cellars and pitched all over the corridors: meals consisted of sandwiches and Victory Coffee wheeled round on trolleys by attendants from the canteen. Each time that Winston broke off for one of his spells of sleep he tried to leave his desk clear of work, and each time that he crawled back sticky-eyed and aching, it was to find that another shower of paper cylinders had covered the desk like a snowdrift, halfburying the speakwrite and overflowing on to the floor, so that the first job was always to stack them into a neat enough pile to give him room to work. What was worst of all was that the work was by no means purely mechanical. Often it was enough merely to substitute one name for another, but any detailed report of events demanded care and imagination. Even the geographical knowledge that one needed in transferring the war from one part of the world to another was considerable.

    1. Fascism is indeed a bitch. If there’s any lurking about, you definitely don’t want to catch yourself being a stupid person, that’s for sure. It will get you.

      It is even capable of making grown adults whore out an anti-fascist parable in service of fascism. It’s as sneaky as Orwell said it was and more. He’d probably get a kick out of his own work being abused in this way. Keeps him relevant at least.

      We’ve always been at war with trans pronouns.

      1. Antifa are masters at doing this. Little brownshirts.

        1. How did the Trumpers perfect fascism? Or am I mistaking simplicity for beauty?

          Antifascists are the real fascists. It’s basically like you’ve reached fascist propaganda nirvana.

          Too bad about not having an army or a plan before trying to seize power. Now Antifa is… still not trying to seize any power.

          1. “How did the Trumpers perfect fascism? Or am I mistaking simplicity for beauty?”

            No, you’re just shoveling shit as you always do.

  53. “It should go without saying that choosing to run for the most powerful political office in the world is absolutely nothing like being behind bars—” and that is exactly WHY she laughed, at the absurdity of the comparison, the stuff of satire and humor.

    1. Only people looking to distract from the actual issue want to discuss the “joke”

  54. If Harris laughing at the absurdity of her own comparison is all that Reason has, maybe they need to let it go. Harris, refreshingly, has a robust sense of humor, a keep sense of the absurd, and is wise enought at times to direct it back at herself.

    1. Apparently her “robust sense of humor” was too robust to remain in WaPo’s reporting

      I don’t give two shits about her joke. I care about the toilet WaPo has become as demonstrated by their reporting and editing. You should too unless you’re looking to be a spoon-fed partisan.

  55. “This story has been updated from an earlier published version.”
    No indication of the controversy, of course.

  56. That the fake news media is the ally of the left is not a secret and changing history is part of their job for the left. Harris is so two faced she partnered with a man she called a racist that had done great harm to little black girls just to gain political power. Considering how she started out her career this is not an unusual move. She most likely allowed Joe a few sniffs and maybe more to be his pick. Willie Brown didn’t mind her using him as a stepping stone because she pleasured him often. Old men have to give to get from young women.

  57. Democracy dies in darkness

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    1. Seems that none of the media saw that as worth any ink or time.

  59. I long ago used up my allocation of free articles from WaPo. Since then, they’ve shut me out.

    I feel it’s for my own good. Thank you, Jeff Bezos. I thrive on your parsimony.

    1. Incognito mode. It then again, I stopped reading them two years ago so maybe it changed.

  60. It seems that it is not democracy that dies in darkness, but the truth.

  61. Seems odd to me that more people don’t talk about Harris defying a SCOTUS order to release nonviolent prisoners from insanely overcrowded conditions that Justice Kennedy said cause unnecessary suffering and death. She spent year filing nonsense motions to delay the release for no obvious reason beyond sheer cruelty. Preventable deaths were happening weekly when SCOTUS made the ruling so who knows how many prisoners Harris basically killed by refusing for obey the order. This petty cruel use of power in afditio mm to many other discussed above does not bode well for us should Harris ever become President.

  62. I guess a member of the Party of Compassion being insensitive is noteworthy.

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  64. Anyone who hasn’t figured out by now that the Post is just the DNC’s newsletter really isn’t keeping up.

  65. WaPo’s journalistic standards were burned in the dumpster four years ago. Cleansing articles is the least of its issues.

  66. Pretty small beer as scandals go.

    1. So WaPo’s lying isn’t any concern?

    2. They didn’t lie. They simply chose not to include certain material. There’s an important difference.

      1. Yeah, giving TDS-addled shits like you a straw to grasp.

        1. Like you have a single solitary clue what you’re talking about. Don’t mistake your anger and hatred for knowledge.

  67. Say out loud the possessive of Harris. It’s Harris’s, not Harris’. Reason, you guys need a [better] copy editor.

  68. Hey, where’s the WaPo story about Harris at a glory hole? (With Willie Brown on the other side.)

    Oh, I misread, it said memory hole.

  69. I guess promotion is the only way Harris will ever be president. She’s a woman and had sex with her boyfriend, after all, and we can’t have that. If she grew a dick like you people wanted, you’d just be confused about that as well.

  70. The article must have finally been brought to Bezo’s attention. I am sure there will be a new managing editor soon.

  71. Her joke was a nothingburger. The fact that the Post thought it scandalous enough to bury in order to protect one of their teammates is doubly pathetic. First, the joke is not offensive. People use hyperbolic metaphor and simile for levity all the time, and in the absence humorless neo-Puritans, it would never warrant mention. So, burying a nothingburger is just lame. Second, of course, is the shameless bias. More troubling to me is that Reason, of all publications, chooses the neo-Puritan path, humorlessly tut-tutting the nothingburger like a latter day follower of Cotton Mather.

    1. Wooosh!
      To TDS-addled shits like you, this is about something other than WaPo’s dishonesty.

  72. Oh please. Enough with the crocodile tears. Like anyone on the right gives a sh*t about prisoner welfare. If you had your way, prisoners wouldn’t be fed at all – who wants their tax dollars spent on providing for the basic needs of criminals, right? If Trump had said something like this, you’d all be lauding him for his “toughness on crime”.

    1. Wooosh!
      To TDS-addled shits like you, this is about something other than WaPo’s dishonesty.

      1. You really like that phrase don’t you? ‘TDS-addled’. Sorry to burst your bubble, but recognizing Trump for the ignorant, racist scumbag POS that he is is actually the opposite of ‘derangement’. If you’re looking for the real definition of that word, look in the mirror.

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  76. “Seen” as being on one team.

    They are on one team hook line and sinker

  77. I was wondering what happened to Winston Smith after I finished reading 1984.

    Looks like he got a job with the WaPo! Well, he certainly had enough experience to fill that position!

  78. >>>… “legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political ‘team’ or the other”

    Sorry, you’ll have to jog my memory. Please list all those legacy media publicans which were/are on Team Trump? Or even on Team Republican?

    This sort of false equivalency is exactly the sort of thing which Reason (itself an arm of “legacy media”) likes to indulge in.
    Having worked to hard to install the Democrats in power in DC, Reason will now feign opposition to them.

  79. LOL, Reason can’t critique Harris for the joke because that would be to admit that they are cancel-culture snowflakes. So instead they need to go for the angle where the post is covering for Harris because they realized that the story was red-meat for the cancel-culture right.

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  81. Elizabeth Nolan Brown, for example, highlighted the Terris profile of Harris on the July 24, 2019, version of the Reason Roundup. Click through that link now, however, and you won’t find Harris’ inartful “joke” about inmates dying of thirst.

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