The Washington Post currently accepts advertisements for massage parlors, which the Post's own reporters have shown are often thinly disguised brothels with women trafficked into the country and forced into prostitution. Because of this frequent connection to human trafficking, The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times refuse advertisements for massage parlors. But The Washington Post continues to profit from these ads, making the paper complicit in the sexual violence of women across our nation's capital.
Is The Washington Post Profiting from Brothels?
Sure enough, this came from Change.org. I just checked their blog site and that's the second paragraph.
In addition to being poorly written ("sexual violence of women" - does that mean that women in massage parlors are committing sexual violence?), and a great example of guilt by association, this strikes me as the sort of thing politicians do when they want to deflect valid criticism from themeselves.
So here's what I have to say to Change.org:
When your guy starts demanding that his government obey the law, starts releasing Department of Justice memos advocating torture and illegal wiretapping that were written during the last Administration, and starts investigations into criminal behavior of that Administration's principal offenders, then I'll start taking you seriously when you lecture the press about its respect for the law.
It's always easier to do something when someone else has to make the sacrifices. When you're the one who might have to give up something, suddenly there are all sorts of reasons to not do it. I suggest that if the Obama Administration, or its proxies, wants to lecture the rest of us about respect for the law, it should first start leading by example. Give up the powers you're not supposed to have, and risk making enemies by investigating the wrongdoing that has gone before.
What it has done instead, it would appear, is to denigrate a group that doesn't have a powerful lobby, associate that group with a newspaper that it no doubt wants to get favorable coverage from, and appealed to the prudishness that sometimes passes for concern for women (or maybe men).
UPDATE: Taylor Marsh has a good rundown of what's going on with the Obama Administration regarding their acceptance of the Bush Administration's power grabs.