Monday, November 1, 2021

The Washington Post investigates the Jan 6 insurrection

Here is a Letter from Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee about The Post’s Jan. 6 investigation.

She starts:

DEAR READER:

The insurrection that took place on Jan. 6 at the United States Capitol was one of the most consequential moments in American history. The events of that day led to an expansive federal investigation that has already resulted in 650 arrests and triggered an ongoing congressional inquiry.

Yet nearly 10 months after the attack, key questions remain: What did law enforcement officials know in advance? How did President Donald Trump respond to the deadly clash that day? What has been the fallout for Americans’ faith in their elections?

Throughout much of this year, a team of 75 Washington Post journalists has been working to produce a definitive account of Jan. 6 — its causes, its costs and its aftermath. The result of that investigation, a three-part series being published today, makes clear that the violence that day was neither a spontaneous act nor an isolated event.

When Congress screwed up, the Post stepped up.

The Post began this project in late spring, after efforts in Congress to create a bipartisan panel to examine the Jan. 6 attack collapsed. We launched more than 25 reporters from across the newsroom to examine different aspects of what led to the Capitol siege and its implications. Our photo, video, audio and design teams spent months mapping out a gripping presentation for the project.

FYI: Sally Buzbee is executive editor of The Washington Post. Before joining the newsroom in June, Buzbee was executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press. Under her leadership, the AP won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage of the war in Yemen.

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