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May 1981
National Review;5/15/1981, Vol. 33 Issue 9, p530
The article addresses the conflict between "Washington Post" editor Milton Coleman and reporter Courtland Milloy in the U.S. Coleman shouted that he had ordered Milloy to find an African American family whose future will be wrecked by the economics of President Ronald Reagan. Milloy answered back that he had not found a family and that Coleman was guiding himself by preconceptions. Coleman insisted and Milloy replied. Assistant managing editor Robert Woodward chose Coleman to be the City editor. Janet Cooke worked first on the Metro weekly staff, then went on to City assignments. Coleman said the Cooke did not share his concern that African Americans get ahead. It was denied that the editors had conspired to get Cooke to make up the story. However, the editors seems to forget to compare notes on the fictitious nature of the account Cooke was developing.


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