Dana Milbank, call your office

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Published on June 17, 2014

Last night, I saw on Twitter the beginnings of the reaction to Dana Milbank’s WaPo piece on a panel that had occurred at the Heritage Foundation. It all sounded pretty bad — a Muslim student, he wrote, was taunted after asking a question. The panel deteriorated into an ugly scene.

It was at least a remotely plausible story. There’s more Muslim-baiting out there in general than I’d like to see. You remember the reaction when a group tried to establish an Islamic Center in lower Manhattan — also known as the Ground Zero Mosque?

But now that a video of the panel has surfaced, it appears it just wasn’t so. Don’t take my word for it – Politico’s Dylan Byers serves up a brutal takedown of Milbank’s piece.

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank set off a flurry of outraged tweets on Monday night after posting a highly critical recap of a panel event at the Heritage Foundation that, he says, “deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.”

Video of that panel has since surfaced and — in my view — Milbank grossly misrepresented the nature of that exchange.

I strongly recommend that you read Byers’ whole piece here. It appears Milbank wrote about what he wished he could say had happened, and not the real thing.

Conservatives are by no means the only group to suffer from media bias, but they can nearly always count on journalists to approach stories about conservatives in this hostile manner. Conservatives can get their voices heard even when dealing with liberal reporters, but it’s often a lot like starting a World Cup game two goals behind.