Ed Driscoll

The WaPo's Orwellian War on Women

Interesting catch by Twitter user “Joaquin Fenix” and retweeted by Glenn Reynolds. The Blaze’s Madeleine Morgenstern quotes from what is presumably an earlier version of the Post’s article:

The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.

An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The female officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds, often through the alarm boxes posted around the property, they must immediately lock the front door.

The current version of the above passage reads:

The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.

An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds, often through the alarm boxes posted around the property, they must immediately lock the front door.

(Emphasis mine in both block-quoted passages.) So did the Post get that detail wrong initially, or is sex of the over-powered Secret Service agent being scrubbed for politically correct reasons? Did pressure from gender (and race) obsessed Salon and other left Websites cause the Post to break out the airbrush?

Given this Tweet last month by Jim Treacher which accurately sums up the current role of the media, simultaneously playing palace guard for the Obama administration and “nudging” the rest of us into the bold “Progressive” future…

…I know which way I’m currently betting.

Update:

Exactly.