November 23, 2011

JENNIFER RUBIN: Doing the WaPo Ombudsman’s Job.

I then called Toomey, and he too was flabbergasted. “That is a ridiculous charge,” he said of the accusation that Kyl had done more to scuttle the deal than anyone. Toomey, whose plan proposed $250 billion in new tax revenues, was audibly annoyed. . . . Perhaps Democratic Sens. Patty Murray or John Kerry will explain why they never presented an entitlement reform plan or why they didn’t make any move in response to the Toomey offer. Better yet, the White House might share why, for three years, Obama hasn’t put up his own entitlement reform plan. But it doesn’t appear that Kyl was the bad guy here.

Another mark in favor of newsroom diversity.

UPDATE: Reader David Gerstman writes:

The WaPo’s ombudsman spent his column Sunday navel gazing about George Will. No, Will’s wife’s work didn’t affect his columns, but he should have let us know sooner about potential conflicts.

But Jennifer Rubin is writing (as you noted) that Dana Milbank reported a falsehood. Pexton, as yet, hasn’t addressed that.

And while it wasn’t a falsehood, Pexton took Rubin to task for retweeting a post by Rachel Abrams.

So there’s a standard of behavior demanded of the Post’s conservative columnists but none of its liberal ones? What exactly is the ombudsman’s job at the Washington Post?

Camouflage.

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