Another Blatantly False Claim From The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin

Caricature of Rubin at her Washington Post blog "Right Turn"

The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin, recently under fire for making stuff up about realist foreign policy hand Robert Zoellick, has another whopper today. In a piece helpfully explaining to the Romney campaign “how to counterattack Obama” — an interesting exercise for a journalist actually covering a campaign to engage in, when you think about it — Rubin writes that President Obama “wanted to force a mosque on the ashes of Ground Zero.”

Here’s what the Washington Post reported at the time:

Speaking to reporters during a family vacation visit to Panama City, Fla., Obama reiterated the stand he took Friday night at a White House dinner observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “In this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion,” Obama said.

But he went on to explain that he was not endorsing the construction of the Islamic center. “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” he said. “I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.”

There’s simply no way to square those remarks with Rubin’s claim that Obama “wanted to force a mosque on the ashes of Ground Zero.” It’s been clear for some time that Rubin enjoys a special dispensation from the Post’s editors with regard to her playing fast and loose with facts. But it’s worth asking how much of this sort of thing they, and the Post’s readers, should reasonably tolerate.