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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Thursday, May 30, 2002
10:41 PM

This is totally local, but I must blog about the departure of DC fire chief Ronnie Few, who probably wouldn't be leaving in the absence of the Washington Times, though the coup de grace was inflicted by the Post.

Back on March 13, the Times broke this story:

Three top appointees of D.C. Fire Chief Ronnie Few lied about their professional and educational experience in their resumes and employment applications, The Washington Times has learned.Resumes of Assistant Chief Gary L. Garland, Assistant Chief Marcus R. Anderson and Deputy Chief Bruce A. Cowan say they each held the rank of chief at the East Point, Ga., Fire Department. But none of them ever rose higher than the rank of lieutenant, according to East Point's city attorney...

You have to pay to see more from the Times archive, though this will show you a list of some of the many stories the Times mercilessly published, pushing the City Council to ask what the heck was going on and the Post to score a scoop of its own-that Few's resume falsely stated he had a degree from Morris Brown College and and received a "Fire Chief of the Year Award." Few tried a variety of non-explanations and now he's resigned.

This Post story by David A. Fahrenthold and Clarence Williams says the biggest controversy was the false resume, but apart from the fact that that's the Post's scoop, it seems more like the last straw after the questions raised about his aides by the Times. And the Times has been more scrupulous about crediting the Post, as it does in this closer by Matthew Cella and Brian DeBose. The Post story I just linked notes the controversy about his aides but doesn't mention the Washington Times, and this other Post story, the day before, by Craig Timberg and David A. Fahrenthold notes the Post scoop but nothing about the aides.

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