Wash. Times' Solomon undermines his own denial of right-wing tilt

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The Washington Times complains:

The Washington Times, which has covered the Barack Obama campaign from the start, was kicked off the Democrat's campaign plane for the final 72 hours of the race.

The Obama campaign informed the newspaper Thursday evening of its decision, which came two days after The Times editorial page endorsed Senator John McCain over Mr. Obama. The Times editorial page runs completely independent of the news department.

"This feels like the journalistic equivalent of redistributing the wealth, we spent hundreds of thousands of dollars covering Senator Obama's campaign, traveling on his plane, and taking our turn in the reporter's pool, only to have our seat given away to someone else in the last days of the campaign," said Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon.

Solomon is still relatively new to the job, and I know he sometimes struggles with the basics, so here's a free tip: When claiming that your newsroom is independent of the right-wing leanings for which your editorial page is well-known, it probably isn't a good idea to parrot McCain campaign talking points about Obama "redistributing the wealth." It kind of undermines your point.

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