The same newspaper that drove George Allen out of the Senate on a made-up scandal over the made-up word "macaca" has taken shabby hit-piece journalism a step lower. In a piece by Manuel Roig-Franzia, the paper accuses Sen. Marco Rubio of embellishing his family history.
The problem is, the piece was so shoddy that it neglected basic facts. Jennifer Rubin of also of the Post, Marco Caputo of the Miami Herald, and Erick Erickson of Red State, all demolish the shoddy journalism. As Rubin writes:
If this is the best they have on Rubio, he's in no peril whatsoever. To the contrary, Rubio, having gone through a mainstream press attack, will likely endear himself to an even greater degree to the conservative base. If there's one thing that all conservatives can agree on, it is their loathing of mainstream media.
Erickson notes the author's bias:
Manuel Roig-Franzia is a reporter for the Washington Post who once got punched by his 70 year old editor, Henry Allen, for writing "the second worst story [Allen had] seen in Style in 43 years." That's right, Roig-Franzia wrote a horrible piece in the Style section. His 70 year old editor did not like it. Roig-Franzia reportedly called his 70 year old editor and Marine a "c**ksucker", and the Marine punched him.
Manuel Roig-Franzia has a well documented history of being an apologist for the Cuban communist regime and a hater of the Catholic church.