Here's how Washington works. Each Wednesday morning conservative activists and operatives gather at a large meeting room at Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform in downtown Washington to discuss matters. Sometimes or even often times a prominent guest drops by. But the meeting operates under a simple rule -- it's off the record. Everyone respects it. No one goes rushing off afterward to spill the beans on a blog site like this one about what was said.
Yesterday at ATR, even though a few prominent Bush representatives showed up to defend the selection of Harriet Miers -- and were soundly criticized for their efforts -- it didn't make news. Not until the Washington Post reported on the event, among others, in the first editions of today's paper. Its reporters clearly aren't honor-bound by the rules of the Wednesday gathering. Enough gossip was flying about town after the meeting at ATR that they could easily piece things together.
Conservatives end up taking the higher road, but the media bias brigade controls the spin. On page one.