As usual, if you want the truth, don't go to the WashPost for it.
Read Glenn Greenwald's column in yesterday's Salon.com.
After listing the words and events that Pearlstein ignores, Greenwald concludes:
What kind of game does Pearlstein think he's playing -- who does he think he's fooling -- by claiming that "Paulson has moved faster, more aggressively and more deftly than any of his international counterparts in doing whatever was necessary to stabilize the financial system"?
Both Paulson (and thus Pearlstein) were vigorously opposed to this approach from the start and Paulson (and thus Pearlstein) only jumped on board with it because Europe did and they therefore had to. That's fine, but all of these events took place in the last four weeks. It's a bit early to think you can just completely re-write history to make yourself look better and think that nobody will notice.
I'd say Pearlstein's attempt to mislead--i.e., lie to--us was pretty stupid. So I'm giving him the first XtremeEnglish STUPID Award. I haven't thought of an appropriate symbol for this award. An old post as in "dumb as a post"? All I have to do is find one and take a photo of it. Since this is DC, it will be a Washington post, too. Ha. Hang on....