Saturday, January 30, 2010

Crocodile Tears For The WaPo

I keep reading that of all the major newspapers trying to reinvent themselves . . . er, survive, The Washington Post is having the toughest time. Long story short, this is because it has lost its mojo as a must-read national paper and cannot survive as a you-might-want-to-read local paper.

On a more personal level, beyond the WaPo's Style section (which I always thought was the best of the Bigs), it isn't doing the kind of hard-hitting investigative reporting that helped make it a national powerhouse, its Editorial Page has gone mushy, op-ed columnist David Broder should be shot . . . well, I could go on and on.

Then there's the mad flailing for gimmicks such as a recent Your Take reader forum on the Disgraced Power Couple -- John and Elizabeth Edwards -- which asks if the Missus is doing the right thing by leaving the Mister now that he has confirmed he is indeed the father of Rielle Hunter's love child.

The readers' take is that the WaPo has lost it's institutional mind by even positing such BS. Mine, too.

Hat tip to Crooked Timber

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