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Why the Washington Post Sucks

Posted on | May 4, 2010 | 6 Comments

Matt Lewis quotes their policy statement:

“Post journalists must refrain from writing, tweeting or posting anything — including photographs or video — that could be perceived as reflecting political, racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism that could be used to tarnish our journalistic credibility.”

Which is hogwash, of course. As long as you get the facts right, who gives a damn about “bias” or “favoritism”?

Is David Weigel prejudiced against social conservatives? Obviously. And that makes him different from other WaPo reporters . . . how?

At least Dave is honest about his prejudices. It is the bogus pretense of objectivity — that synoptic omniscient Broder bullshit — which is truly offensive. Unless Weigel starts makin’ stuff up (Janet Cooke) or plagiarizing (Ruth Shalit) his honest bias is only a problem insofar as it exposes the intrinsic hypocrisy of the WaPo’s official neutrality.

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  • Estragon

    Just hiring Weigel and Sargent sort of says it all.

    One day we will remember this as the time WaPo officially jumped the shark.

  • Estragon

    Just hiring Weigel and Sargent sort of says it all.

    One day we will remember this as the time WaPo officially jumped the shark.

  • http://ak4mc.us/cms/ McGehee

    “Post journalists must refrain from writing, tweeting or posting anything — including photographs or video — that could be perceived as reflecting political, racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism that could be used to tarnish our journalistic credibility.”

    “…except in the pages of The Washington Post.”

  • http://ak4mc.us/cms/ McGehee

    “Post journalists must refrain from writing, tweeting or posting anything — including photographs or video — that could be perceived as reflecting political, racial, sexist, religious or other bias or favoritism that could be used to tarnish our journalistic credibility.”

    “…except in the pages of The Washington Post.”