Accuracy in Media

I blogged these words back on June 19 after The Washington Post fired liberal blogger Dan Froomkin as its White House watchdog:

Odds are good that Froomkin will continue his blog as a solo venture or move it to another publication, perhaps a liberal outlet. (Can you say Huffington Post?) I hope he does — if he is finished wrestling with his inner watchdog and ready to consistently be a thorn in Obama’s side as he was for Bush.

Today, a mere three weeks later, comes word that Froomkin has landed on his feet at … you guessed it, The Huffington Post. He will serve as its D.C. bureau chief.

Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com (doesn’t that publication seem even shadier after last week’s dust up over The Washington Post’s “salons”?) has the details on the courting of Froomkin:

Almost immediately upon the reporting of Froomkin’s firing, screenwriter Nora Ephron, an editor-at-large for The Huffington Post, e-mailed [Arianna] Huffington with a one-line note: “I hope we’re hiring him.” Within hours, Huffington called Froomkin, met with him in Washington last week, and a deal was finalized this week.

I’d like to say I was clairvoyant, but the Huffington Post’s quick move was the most logical conclusion to the Froomkin affair. His liberal worldview, blatantly obvious at White House Watch for years, will be a better match for Huffington’s left-wing propaganda vehicle than it ever was for The Washington Post, which at least professes to cover the White House objectively.

In theory, Froomkin now can drop the pretense that he ever intended to watch the Obama adminstration with the same hawkish eyes as he did the Bush White House.

Froomkin and Huffington are two peas from the same liberal pod, where their “passionate” view of the world is “truth” and everyone else, including Froomkin’s former Washington Post editors, is either a liar or enabler of liars:

Huffington argues that establishment journalism is failing due to “the idea that good journalism is about presenting both sides without a voice — without any passion.” The outlets that continue to adhere to that “obsolete” model “are paying a price.” Froomkin — who has written extensively about how passion-free, “both-sides-are-equally-valid” journalism is the primary affliction of the profession — echoes that view: “The key challenge is to present an alternative to the ‘splitting the difference’ culture that has infested traditional media.”

And they blogged happily ever after.




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