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WaPo's Matt Mosk doesn't fact check Obama oppo dump

Matthew Mosk writes a front page story in the Washington Post based on demonstrably false facts. This is a firing offense. Amanda Carpenter over at Townhall has the story.

Mosk wrote:

The bundle of $2,300 and $4,600 checks that poured into Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign on March 12 came from an unlikely group of California donors: a mechanic from D&D Auto Repair in Whittier, the manager of Rite Aid Pharmacy No. 5727, the 30-something owners of the Twilight Hookah Lounge in Fullerton.

The catch is that 3 out of those 4 people did not donate to McCain. As Amanda notes:

The donation record for Rite Aid General Manager Ibrahim Marabeh, who gave to Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani in 2007 and … the donation record for a man and a woman with the last name Abdalla who both manage a Twilight Lounge. But Twilight Lounge managers Nadia Abdalla and Hisham Abdalla gave money to Clinton and Giuliani, too.

This is a front-page story. You would think that (1) Mosk would check his facts and (2) his editors would recheck facts on a front-page story.

These guys need to go. These aren’t journalists. These aren’t even advocates. They are just liars.

UPDATE: The Post says:

The first name of McCain donor Faisal Abdullah was misspelled in some versions of this story, including in the print edition of The Washington Post. Also, the article incorrectly identified a Rite Aide manager and two Twilight Hookah Lounge owners as being among the donors Sargeant solicited on behalf of McCain. Those donors – Rite Aid manager Ibrahim Marabeh, and the lounge owners, Nadia and Shawn Abdalla – wrote checks to Giuliani and Clinton, not McCain.

Note that this was a front-page story with names and dates and a picture of John McCain. And all of the operative facts were completely false. This is inexcusable.