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  •  This is a Serious Problem (0+ / 0-)

    Rubin is a Glenn Beck clone and right at home since the Post went Ring Wing a while back. But what to do with the fool?

    I feel I have to keep up with the crazies just so I'm not blindsided. They are very predictable for the most part, but some strive to stand out by proposing unique and particularly irrational thoughts. "California Crazy" Jenny, is a lawyer who was formerly with the far-right Moonie Washington paper The Weekly Standard. When the WaPo went Right Wing they latched on to her (or was it the other way around?)

    I make a concerted effort to not add my "clicks" to columns or sites which I believe originate in the FantasyWorld of Ignorance. Instead, I get informed about them through quotations of their "work" in fine diaries and posts such as this one.

    But on the other side, does the superb Lawrence O'Donnell get a "click credit" when someone embeds his commentary in a diary and I watch it there? Here's a guy that should have broken the YouTube record, not Psy (with a song that apparently celebrates the Korean neighborhood of one-percenters). Should I go to YouTube or MSNBC to watch, rather than do so when an O'Donnell commentary is embedded in a diary or another site?

    A Southerner in Yankeeland

    •  Only problem with your comment... (0+ / 0-)

      The fallacy that the Washington Post "went Right Wing."

      The paper is the same as it ever was. Like the NY Times, they always strive to include right-wing columnists. On the Web, that multiplies.

      I know you expect to agree with you because bashing WaPo and the NYT and NPR is red meat entertainment for a lot of Kossacks...but I don't agree.

      Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

      by FischFry on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 11:47:37 AM PST

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      •  Fair Enough (0+ / 0-)

        NPR always seems to me to be fact and information based, while the NYT has always appeared Establishment based which means swinging a bit with the flow (sometimes more than a bit as during the W administration).

        Wikipedia implies that the Post used to be sort of Liberal and moved to the Right beginning in the W era, which seems to be the general consensus. They did endorse Obama in '08 and '12, so it can't be said that they're Conservative (though with no competition, the economic platforms, etc. it was an obvious thing to do, as voters confirmed).

        The newspaper's editorial positions on foreign policy and economic issues have seen a definitively conservative bent: it steadfastly supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, warmed to President George W. Bush's proposal to partially privatize Social Security, opposed a deadline for U.S. withdrawal from the Iraq War, and advocated free trade agreements, including CAFTA.[citation needed]

        In "Buying the War" on PBS, Bill Moyers noted 27 editorials supporting George W. Bush's ambitions to invade Iraq. National security correspondent Walter Pincus reported that he had been ordered to cease his reports that were critical of Republican administrations.[40]

        In 1992, the PBS investigative news program Frontline suggested that The Post had moved to the right in response to its smaller, more conservative rival The Washington Times, which is owned by News World Communications, an international media conglomerate owned by the Unification Church which also owns newspapers in South Korea, Japan, and South America. The program quoted Paul Weyrich, one of the founders of the conservative activist organization the Moral Majority, as saying "The Washington Post became very arrogant and they just decided that they would determine what was news and what wasn't news and they wouldn't cover a lot of things that went on. And The Washington Times has forced The Post to cover a lot of things that they wouldn't cover if the Times wasn't in existence."[41] In 2008, Thomas F. Roeser of the Chicago Daily Observer also mentioned competition from the Washington Times as a factor moving The Post to the right.[42]

        But "move to the Right" doesn't mean they've become a Tea Party newspaper, only that they are more Right-leaning than they were before. That includes giving space to mouth breathers.

        A Southerner in Yankeeland

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