Reid critic gets own forum

John Solomon, author of numerous Associated Press articles attacking U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, has been named editor of the Washington Times, a right wing daily founded by Sun Myung Moon and published in the nation’s capital by the Unification Church.

Several of Solomon’s stories on Reid have been challenged by other journalists over their accuracy. The Columbia Journalism Review, which has twice faulted his political coverage, once pointed out the similarity of a Solomon story to material released by the Republican National Committee.

Solomon and another Post reporter, Lois Romano, wrote the story about the $5.2 million sale of presidential candidate John Edwards’ home that became fodder for much innuendo and criticism of Edwards. Filled with emotionally loaded terms, the story was reportedly published over the objections of other reporters in the Post newsroom and was later criticized by Post ombudsman Deborah Howell for failing to show that Edwards had done anything improper while still implying it.

One of Solomon’s AP stories sought to link Reid to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, though once a reader got past the headline, the link was actually between Reid and some Abramoff clients. On another occasion, Solomon reported that Reid had taken free tickets to a Las Vegas event from the Nevada Athletic Commission while the NAC had Senate legislation pending. Solomon neglected to report that Reid was opposing the NAC on the Senate measure.