Washington Post Story Correction

We’re in the Washington Post. Several of us were interviewed by Michael E. Ruane, the Washington Post’s metro reporter today. Mike seems like a good guy and an honest reporter but we took exceptions to a few things so I sent him this e-mail:


Hi, it’s jason Talley, we spoke on the phone this morning. I wanted to reach you as soon as possible so that you could correct an error in you report. You wrote:

“Oberwetter was among those ushered out and was arrested after she kept returning to the chamber.”

I don’t know the source who told you that Oberwetter left and then re-entered the memorial but that is 100% inaccurate. She entered to dance silently in the main chamber just before 11:55 with the rest of us, and didn’t leave until she was in handcuffs roughly 5 minutes later.  She was ushered toward the outer chamber, but did not leave the inner chamber of the memorial of her own volition at any point.

Also, I would imagine that other Jefferson scholars would disagree with the one that you selected. Jefferson wrote that “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

We did something far less radical. We just danced, quietly.

It’s worth noting that we respect the differences of opinion out there but there are only one set of facts and we feel confident that those are on the side of the Jefferson 1.