Yes, way too much, as a matter of fact.
The offense comes from Post Staff Writer Debbie Cenziper, who has a nice bit of breaking news on the paper’s Web site right now. The story’s about how the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has just canned seven construction inspectors as part of an effort to upgrade its watchdogging of city rental properties. It’s a significant development—-one that’s consistent with the Fenty administration’s scorched-earth approach to reform and that’ll doubtless kick up a bit of litigation for employment attorneys.
The only problem with the piece comes toward the end, where the Post just can’t resist plugging its own coverage:
For months, city leaders have pushed to overhaul DCRA and better protect tenants following a Washington Post investigation that found landlords, under the city’s watch, were driving families from rent-controlled apartments to reap millions converting to condominiums.
OK, OK, so you guys did a series on condo conversions. Yes, we read the stories.
But the effort by city leaders to overhaul DCRA and better protect tenants—well that effort started long before this earth-shaking Post series. As this paper pointed out in early 2006, the campaign to prevent condo conversions from happening willy-nilly predates the Post‘s serial interest in the matter by a fair spell.