Posts Tagged: Washington Post

Scott Walker Goes Shooting For The Presidency

Wow is it cold out. The deer must think the same thing as I haven't seen a thing:

— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) November 25, 2013

"Like riding my Harley and watching the Packers, going hunting is one of my favorite Wisconsin traditions." —The office of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

The attempt to sell Scott Walker as the anti-Chris Christie has begun in earnest. One angle of this is for Walker's new best friend, Washington Post columnist and Walker biography co-author Marc Thiessen to frame the governor as of an entirely different temperament then Christie.1 (Can you guess in what way?)

But an entirely [...]


What A Wonderful Week—And Future!—For The 'New York Times'!

To adapt Robin Williams' immortal comment on cocaine, buying a newspaper could be God’s way of telling you you’re making too much money. (But not for long—ha-ha.) The sales of the Boston Globe to Red Sox owner John Henry and the Washington Post to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos at prices reflecting but a glimmer of the gold they once traded for has triggered a bull market in speculation over the general future of newspapers and the fate of the New York Times, in particular.

The oracular spectacular (nicely annotated for posterity by Tom McGeveran in Capital New York) led the paper to issue a memo emphatically saying this [...]


'Washington Post' to Shutter Nine Local Bureaus

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A sad day at The Washington Post, with the news that we're closing all of our local bureaus except Richmond and Annapolis.Thu Sep 01 18:24:20 via webAmy GardnerAmyEGardner

First they came for… etc.

In late 2009, the Washington Post closed its last U.S. bureaus outside of the D.C. area, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. (It also closed bureaus in Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro and Berlin.) But what of its 11 D.C.-area bureaus? Now there will be two.


The Intelligence Edifice: Too Big To Succeed

A tantalizing Twitter from @Wikileaks went up on Saturday morning: "Real change begins Monday in the WashPost. By the years end, a reformation. Lights on. Rats out."

The series to which they referred, "Top Secret America," by Dana Priest and William Arkin, began today and is certainly a barn-burner. It features an enormous database detailing the thousands of complex connections between private business and the evidently-misnamed intelligence community. The story has been tearing up the Internets all day long, even though Priest and Arkin don't really reveal much that we didn't already know, or at least that we didn't suspect: the government is a mess! 9/11 persuaded [...]


Tiger Woods: Too Soon!

Dear Washington Post,

In your "interactive poll" on whether it is too soon for Tiger Woods to return to playing golf, you instructed those who selected the "not sure" response to "please explain in the comments." So here is my explanation for responding that way.


WaPo News and Mag Divisions Report Massive Losses; Revenue Plummets

You may have noticed some very glowing stories this morning about the Washington Post Company! The AP says: "Washington Post Co. quadruples 4Q profit"! That is true! Now, this is a company with many different arms. Two of the wings, the cable TV stations and the Kaplan education services, provide fully 75% of the company's income. But what about the newspapers and magazines, you ask, from which the company takes its name? Well they are in the toilet, actually, and had a very bad year.


The Future: When the Editors Hire the Publishers

At a bar last night, I was talking to someone smart who made an excellent point: that a very quiet, revolutionary act in the history of publishing had just taken place. (This person compared this moment to Gutenberg, which might be a little bit far afield but not that far off!) That is that Joshua Micah Marshall is hiring a publisher for Talking Points Memo, the blog he started all on his own in 2000, a bit before all the warbloggers like Jeff Jarvis and Glenn Reynolds came onto the Internet, and four years before Michelle Malkin. (Oh yes, how soon we forget.) My friend's point was: here is [...]


Today Is The Day We Can Get Rid Of Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen believes De Blasio's biracial marriage causes regular voters to "suppress a gag reflex." CRAISINS.

— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) November 12, 2013

Huh? "People with conventional views… repress a gag reflex when considering a white man married to a black woman."

— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) November 12, 2013

Richard Cohen just wrote his retirement notice.

— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) November 12, 2013

In. SO FUCKING IN. RT @anamariecox: Who wants to get Richard Cohen fired today? Time to punch the clock, Internet.

— delrayser (@delrayser) November 12, 2013

"Oh shit, we accidentally published [...]


Woman Puts Things On Feet At Work

NO RT @irincarmon: Noooooo RT @annielowrey: I can't even.…

— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) May 27, 2013

If you were vacationing super-hard this weekend, you may not have heard a thousand FEMINISTS screaming all at once, and therefore missed the story of the year. It starts like this: "It may say more about Washington than White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler that she’s known in the West Wing for her fabulous shoes."

Here is a longer response than "nooooo."


Resume Bias and Plagiarism

Yesterday, when the Washington Post published a terrible and vague Editor's Note about plagiarism, I looked up the articles that they seemed to be referencing as plagiarized. (Here and here.) And then I discounted them, because of resume bias, and went looking for similar stories in the paper from someone more junior or more obviously inexperienced. After all, the reporter, Sari Horwitz, has been with the paper nearly 30 years. She is a two-time Pulitzer winner. She has a Master's from Oxford!


The Day the 'Washington Post' Fronted 14 McChrystal Stories at Once

Number of stories on the front page of the Washington Post about General McChrystal at 1:30 p.m.: FOURTEEN. (Still: Politico had FIFTEEN.) Percentage of above-the-fold editorial web spaces used for those stories: approximately 65%.


Photo Of Committed Couple Expressing Affection Sickens Readers

27 people canceled their subscriptions to the Washington Post when the paper ran this picture on its front page with a story about same-sex marriages licenses being issued in DC. The Post ombudsman describes the complaints he's received, which include the usual homophobic rants and the more measured "This disturbs me and it should be buried" reactions. And, as happens EVERY SINGLE TIME a homosexual couple is shown doing something so perfectly pedestrian that it would be completely unremarkable if its subjects were straight, there was this: "I would appreciate it if your cover pictures would not be so disturbing where my kids can see it easily on [...]


'Washington Post' Publishes Sarah Palin OpEd

You know what? I'm not going to link to it. They shouldn't be rewarded with the clicks, which is pretty much what this is about, I figure. So here's the email we just got from the Washington Post, announcing tomorrow's piece of Palinography: Sarah Palin WashPost Op-Ed: Obama Should Boycott Copenhagen SARAH PALIN WRITES OP-ED FOR WASHINGTON POST and writes that without trustworthy science and with so much at stake, Americans should be wary about what comes out of the politicized climate change conference. The president should boycott Copenhagen. Jennifer Lee Manager, Communications The Washington Post


America's Next Top Pundit Is Ready for One-Way Car Service to Scarborough Country!

The Washington Post announced today the winner of its America's Next Top Pundit reality blog contest thing. (Yes, that really happened.) Here's a spoiler: the people of color lost. (Again.) RIG. (Or maybe they won by losing?) Further spoiling: the winner is a Teach for America (ACORN?) executive named Kevin Huffman. We look forward to his appearances on all those chat shows that we don't watch because we treasure our sanity.


A Complete Guide To People That The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza Has Commanded To Call Their Offices


Todd Akin, call your office.

— The Fix (@TheFix) August 19, 2012


Doug Band, call your office.

— The Fix (@TheFix) September 23, 2013

Haley Barbour, call your office. (Hat tip @benpolitico)

— The Fix (@TheFix) March 14, 2011

Georgetown basketball, call your office.

— The Fix (@TheFix) November 30, 2012

Michael Bloomberg, call your office.

— The Fix (@TheFix) January 28, 2013

Cory Booker, call your office.

— The Fix (@TheFix) August 29, 2013

Scott Brown, call your office.

— The [...]


Tech Billionaire Selflessly Launches Political Group To Help His Company

"Across America," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes in today's Washington Post, "creative, hardworking people in coffee shops, dorm rooms and garages are creating the next era of growth."

But they don't always have good programming degrees, especially if they're Americans, so Zuckerberg hopes to change the nation's immigration laws so that his company can more easily hire cheaper programmers from other countries. It's a win-win situation, for Zuckerburg and his billionaire pals in Silicon Valley.

Ha ha it is really more complicated than all of that, certainly! But this is the great political movement launched by the Web Billionaire generation: something that directly affects the hiring practices and profits [...]


'Washington Post' Brutally Attacked By Ad!

We live in an amazing time for web advertising!

Previously: Ad Obliterates 'New Yorker' Website.


Easter Peep Show Contest: A Total Robbery!

The 4th annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest was won by a clever take on the movie Up-but the winner should clearly have been entry #33, a genius Peep reenactment of the infamous D.C. snowball fight that ended with a police officer drawing a gun.


Sally Quinn Column Undone

We hear it's "99% done" that Sally Quinn's Washington Post column is also done. Update: Ouch. Quinn's been moved to "online columnist" (welcome, dear!) and will mostly be about White People Jesus and tables, or something?


Supposedly There Is Some Sort of Climate Change?

The Atlantic's James Fallows takes a look at a Times story-headlined "In Face of Skeptics, Experts Affirm Climate Peril"-versus a Washington Post story-headlined "Stolen files of 'Climate-gate' suggest some viewpoints on change are disregarded"-on the same topic. He concludes: "Not to overdramatize, but: in a way the papers are betting their reputations with these articles. The Times, that climate change is simply a matter of science versus ignorance; the Post, that this is best treated as another '-Gate' style flap where it's hard to get to the bottom of the story."