Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Dana Priest Thanks AAECers for Walter Reed Cartoons

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Dana Priest Thanks AAECers for Walter Reed Cartoons

Article excerpt

Dana Priest, the Washington Post reporter who helped break the story of neglected soldiers and poor conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, thanked editorial cartoonists for their followup work on that scandal.

"Your work provided the cultural cement that embedded the story in the country's psyche," she told Association of American Editorial Cartoonists convention attendees who traveled to the Post building Thursday to hear Priest speak. "You put the punctuation mark on the sentences we constructed."

Priest, who collaborated with Anne Hull on the Walter Reed expose, also discussed some of the misadventures involved in the investigation. For instance, she recalled being given directions to drive into the hospital complex, and got hopelessly lost. It turned out that there were two entrances, and she was using the other one.

The speaker also thanked editorial cartoonists for their work on an earlier story she was involved with -- that of America's secret overseas prison sites for torturing alleged terrorist suspects. Priest, who won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for that 2005 investigation, said some cartoonists did strong drawings on that "black site" subject when a number of other media people and government officials were criticizing the Post more for doing the story than they were criticizing the CIA and the Bush administration for the secret torture sites.

"There were calls for my imprisonment, and I received many e-mails calling me a traitor," remembered Priest. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.