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Ed Driscoll

Why Does the Washington Post Hate Mr. Obama So?

May 29th, 2013 - 12:14 am

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States: red states for Republicans, blue States for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.

— Barack Obama, then still a candidate for the US Senate in Illinois, in his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, July of 2004, as quoted by the Washington Post; just beginning their love affair with Mr. Obama, culminating in this legendary moment:

“I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”

— Then-Newsweek editor Evan Thomas, back when the Washington Post still owned his magazine,  June 5th, 2009.

Curiously, the Post seems to have soured on its God worship in more recent days:

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“Washington Post Writer Gene Weingarten: ‘We have a petty, assholic God!”‘, as spotted by the American Glob blog on Sunday, appropriately enough.

You’d think that given the exponentially growing chaos inside the Washington Post’s offices, that there’d be no atheists inside that particular foxhole. And yet curiously these days, Post staffers are increasingly poor, uneducated, and easy to command, to coin a phrase.

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Wait, you mean people care what Gene Weingarten thinks? Most people (even WaPo subscribers) only know him by his column in the Washington Post magazine. He always sounds like a bitter old man who is trying too hard to be "the funny uncle".

I always assumed he was a real reporter back in the day who was put out to pasture and now making a fool of himself trying to stay relevant.
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Damn. Back when his column ran regularly at Jewish World Review, Gene Weingarten made me laugh out loud any time. I wonder how his once-unique sensibility got absorbed into the HiveMind.
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