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Roger L. Simon

The WaPo’s Ombudsman opines on Panthergate

July 17th, 2010 - 1:37 pm

As for “limited staffing,” the average issue of the Washington Post, like almost every other newspaper, is filled with so much dross it’s impossible to take that excuse even faintly seriously. I’d like to see Merida say that one with a straight face.

No, we don’t need a ombudsman to tell us what was going on here. The Washington Post was following its narrative just as the Washington Times follows its narrative. Nothing more complicated than that, alas. And what we would expect.

Nevertheless, newspapers want to make us think they are unbiased by the use of these ombudsmen. But shouldn’t editors like Merida be answering these questions for themselves, not through a filter? He certainly has one very famous quite recent example, if he’s interested — Steve Jobs. Just the other day, as uncomfortable as it obviously was for him, the Apple chief was out front and center responding to problems with the iPhone 4. No such luck with the Washington Post.

But perhaps I am just a sorehead. There was no mention by Alexander of PJ Media, where DOJ whistleblower J. Christian Adams has written most of his comments about his former employer. There was only some vague reference to right-wing blogs. Is that all we are? I would compare the vitae of many of the writers here at PJM quite favorably with the best at the Washington Post, but, hey, I’m biased. I’m the CEO.

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