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A legacy worthy of re-nomination and re-election

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There must be a poisonous chemical reaction when “ink meets paper” at The Washington Post which causes mental embolism to impact its reporters and columnists when they write about D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

Then again it could just be its corporate culture led by its publisher Ms. Katharine Weymouth and editorial writer Ms. Jo-Ann Armao which reflects an intellectual arrogance.

When amazon.com boss Mr. Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post from the Graham family (The Washington Post Company) many recalled the newspaper legacy of former publisher Katharine Graham. It was under the leadership of Ms. Graham, The Washington Post would become to many a great professional newspaper.

Today, The Washington Post appears to be a newspaper in search of its journalism soul seeking a way to rejuvenate its brand hoping to reconnect its future to the legacy of Ms. Graham.

The problem with the efforts of Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao is one of a failure to communicate and to connect with residents of the District from the basic foundations of honesty, truth and respect for the intelligence of all residents of the District.

Despite its newspaper attempts to demand honest and transparent District government management, Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao fail to adhere to comparable standards from their positions of influence.

While giving former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty undeserved grace for his less than stellar management of District affairs, Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao are unforgiving and unwilling to offer any intellectual blessings to the growth of the District under Mayor Gray.

Moreover, Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao are steadfast in refusing to listen to or to reflect on the residents from across the District who support Mayor Gray. They refuse to acknowledge Mayor Gray’s positive and strong leadership of the District government.

The editorial dislike of Mayor Gray and those who stand with him by Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao has colored their newspaper objectivity and diminished any self-anointing claims of ethical superiority and righteousness.

Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao have a right to oppose Mayor Gray for any reason. However, they are wrong present their views a full throttle representation of District voters.

Rather than seek to bring all District residents together under the primer of "One City", Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao use the editorial pages of The Washington Post to divide people and to marginalize efforts of people who have not lost their vision or commitment to justice.

The efforts of The Washington Post to define the persona of Mayor Gray in the negative reflects its ongoing refusing to accept the results from the last mayoral election. Just as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly stated he wanted President Obama to be a one-term president and conservative talk radio host Mr. Rush Limbaugh reportedly stated he hopes President Obama fails; it appears The Washington Post editorially wants Mayor Gray to be a one-term mayor and misrepresents his management as a failure.

Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao have their allies among District journalists who have joined them in a double standard and disingenuous reporting on District politics and political activism. Clearly, Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao are in a power play to direct and control not only the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia investigation of Mr. Gray's last mayoral campaign, but also to assume intellectual supremacy over upcoming local District elections and politics.

Yet, because Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao may have crossed the rubicon of justice, fairness, and objectivity does not mean all others must relinquished political reason.

Yet, because Ms. Weymouth and Ms. Armao may have passed the point of no return from the value of due process does not mean all others must abandoned sanity.

Reviewing improvements in District public education, public safety, strengthening the District's fiscal stability, promoting equal rights for all, growing District business development, and advancing government services to the people to include seniors, veterans, and young people, it is obvious Mayor Gray has many accomplishments for which to be proud.

An ongoing federal investigation and being the subject of continuing critical editorials are not to be taken lightly or ignored. But Sir Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has the courage to stand up and speak for the people of the District.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has the courage to sit down and listen to the people of the District.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has a legacy worthy of re-nomination and re-election.

E-mail contact information: rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Twitter: @robert158

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