John Solomon is 0-for-1 at his new gig at the Washington Post, having spun an utterly ordinary house sale by John Edwards (trial lawyer!) into a breathless page 1 story. Even by Solomon standards the story was surprisingly weak – Edwards sold the house at less than the market
price value, it would have been illegal to refuse any legitimate buyer and every element of disclosure met current standards. So what was Solomon’s point exactly? Apparently John Edwards owns an expensive home (trial lawyer!) and briefly came into contact with somebody unions won’t like.
It was fun to watch bloggers correct Solomon’s vapid reporting, but only up to a point. Solomon’s old bosses at the AP regarded any buzz as good buzz, which makes the act of criticism (constructive or otherwise) kind of pointless. Will the WaPo care that their new muckraker’s very first page 1 assignment turned out to be a vapid, content-free turkey?
Surprisingly, yes. For Debbie Howell to side with the unwashed barbarians of internettia over her own man suggests that Solomon’s colleagues are not happy indeed.