Ann Althouse did the due diligence I had intended to do when I first read about the Washington Post story on the offensive name of a hunting camp that Rick Perry’s family leased. In the synopses and excerpts I skimmed, two apparently contradictory facts stood out:
- The Texas governor’s (and current GOP presidential candidate) claim that whenever he saw a rock with the offensive name, he and his father painted it over. Indeed, it was one of the first things they did when they leased the property.
- Seven individuals, one as recently as last summer, claim to have seen the name on the rock (with the name visible) when Perry’s father leased the land.
So, I got to wondering whether or not the Washington Post reporter had actually gone to the ranch and snapped a picture of the rock. Evidence of paint on the rock would back up the claims of the Texas governor.
And it does seem there was that. “As recently as this summer,” the Post’s Stephanie McCrummen report, “the slablike rock — lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint — remained by the gated entrance to the camp.” But, as Althouse notes (and this is her “due diligence”): “Lots of photos of Perry having nothing whatsoever to do with this story, and not a single one of the rock. Well done, WP!” (Read the whole thing.)
Wonder why the Post wasn’t interested in tracking down the most important image for this story.
Via Glenn Reynolds who finds its funny “that they never found Obama’s background this interesting.”