National Review senior editor and Bloomberg View columnist Ramesh Ponnuru had some big problems with a column he wrote that ran in the Washington Post’s Outlook section.

Ponnuru broke down the problems he had with the Post in an article at NRO. In short, he says the Washington Post “added an error to my submission, published the erroneous version without running it by me, and then ran two letters to the editor rebuking me for the error — which was actually the newspaper’s.” He explains:

My original version read in relevant part: “Getting rid of President’s Day would not be difficult. All we would have to do is start calling the third Monday of February by its proper name under federal law: Washington’s Birthday. That’s the practice state governments and advertisers ought to follow.” The version the Post ended up running struck the third sentence and replaced the second with “All we would have to do is designate the third Monday of February to mark George Washington’s Birthday.” The new language is misleading, since the federal government has already made that designation, and anyone who knew the truth of the matter would think I did not know it.

Ponnuru wrote an email to his WaPo editor, who responded that “her colleagues had decided that their new language was more accurate than mine and that the difference was too minor to run the change by me.”

After receiving around two dozen emails correcting his “error,” Ponnuru received one from the Washington Post.

  • DG

    Okay. And?

    • TomJB

      It makes you wonder what else they change and don’t get called out for

      • DG

        True. Didn’t look at it that way.

      • rennyangel2

        Tons. Ever been quoted in a paper? It is never what you said even if they wrote it down.
        WaPo just wants to attack any one who isn’t a leftist turd. Bork em. They can’t go bankrupt fast enough.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    You have to do due diligence, and hold people’s feet to the fire.

  • CO2 Producer

    [WaPo] then ran two letters to the editor rebuking me for the error

    What. TF. That was mighty incompetent of them.

  • Brad Donald

    Yeah they might run a retraction, but they already got the THRASHING out and TWO other letters to the editor thrashing him. And no one will see or care about the retraction. Leftism in action.

    • rennyangel2

      Command, control, censor.

  • NixTyranny

    Reminds me of Benghazi when the Obama Administration, including Benghazi Hillary, who all “had decided that their new language was more accurate than” THE TRUTH.

    • schveiguy

      Except I don’t remember the apology.

      • NixTyranny

        True. Benghazi Hillary’s phony “regret” is as close to apologizing as she will ever come.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    And here I thought it would be something like, they ran his picture over Bobby Jindal’s name or some other such racial-insensitivity-to-South-Asians bit.

  • John

    Mr. Ponnuru got punked, conservatives can expect a lot of that going forward.

  • Zefal

    All the major errors in the Post that people write in to point out and never get printed but a trivial one and they print two. When the intent is to highlight that a conservative doesn’t know his facts, no error is too small to point out!

    Too funny that it was the op-ed editors’ error.

    If this had been a headline on the front page written wapo writer they wouldn’t have printed any letter to the editor over it even if they been a million of them.

  • NRPax

    Mr. Ponnuru, with respect: You were more gracious than they deserved and far too trusting that they would treat you professionally.

  • Carolyn#OYSD

    It sounds like the Post is out of interesting topics and is now in the business of ginning up controversy to fill its pages. What should have been a short article, is now an incorrect edited short article, followed by two letters to the editor for correcting the edited article, followed by a formal apology and a correction, possibly with both articles published? Sounds like a whole lot of wasted print space. #shockednotshocked

  • Wonder Pony

    I can’t wait to turn to the page with Check Cashing services and Washing Machine SALE! SALE! SALE! and at the bottom on the right next to an ad for Jim’s Flowers and Boat Repair see the one sentence correction.

    • NRPax

      Bring your magnifying glass because the Post will use 4 point font.

  • AZWarrior

    Like the WaPo is going to change the way they do business. Apologies are cheap. Systemic reform is difficult, or in the case of WaPo, impossible.

  • Nonameworks

    What it means is the WaPo editors DID NOT KNOW that the third Monday was a federal holiday. They were “correcting” this ignorant guy, not clarifying (!??) and got caught with their pants down and their ignorance showing.

  • Organix

    Since the results of our own use of liberty cannot be predicted, questions regarding the “justice” of resulting incomes are meaningless.