Ex WaPo Ombudsman Is Not Jennifer Rubin’s Bud (Man)

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In the wake of Amazon chairman Jeff Bezos’ purchase of the Washington Post, the paper’s former ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, has penned an open letter to the daily’s new owner, making a number of suggestions, including but not limited to more creative editing of the style section and an increased emphasis on women’s sports.  However, via City Paper, Pexton saves his most savage criticism for right wing blogger Jennifer Rubin, “not because she’s conservative, but because she’s just plain bad” (“thinking conservatives didn’t like her, thinking moderates didn’t like her, government workers who knew her arguments to be unfair didn’t like her. Dump her like a dull tome on the Amazon Bargain Books page.”)

She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards. She parrots and peddles every silly right-wing theory to come down the pike in transparent attempts to get Web hits. Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable. Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward.

And she is often wrong, and rarely acknowledges it. She was oh-so-wrong about Mitt Romney, week after week writing embarrassing flattery about his 2012 campaign, calling almost every move he made brilliant, and guaranteeing that he would trounce Barack Obama. When he lost, the next day she savaged him and his campaign with treachery, saying he was the worst candidate with the worst staff, ever. She was wrong about the Norway shootings being acts of al-Qaida. She was wrong about Chuck Hagel being an anti-Semite. And does she apologize? Nope.

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