The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank has a column up about the continuing practice of barring media coverage of military funerals at Arlington, often against the wishes of families.Â Sad, but not particularly noteworthy, in the scheme of things.Â Here’s what caught my eye, though:
Geren, the Army secretary, added that “the policy has not changed, and I understand the practice hasn’t, either.”
That, however, is false. Through at least 2005 — during Rumsfeld’s tenure, no less — reporters were placed in a location where they could hear the prayers and the eulogies and film the handing of the folded flag to the next of kin.
Did you see that?Â Someone at the Washington Post actually bothered to not only verify the facts behind a statement, but had the wherewithal to declare a statement false.
A glimmer of hope, no?