Persecution of the Right and the Washington Post Op-Ed page

The WashPost is the leading source for neoconservative propaganda, as the Right whines about The Liberal Media.

By Glenn Greenwald

Published June 19, 2009 10:20AM (EDT)

"What's really interesting, the president yesterday has said, he complained about FOX, and he said, I think accurately, that it is the one, only voice of opposition in the media.

And it makes us a lot like Caracas where all the media, except one, are state run, with the exception that in Hugo Chavez-land, you go after that one station with machetes. I haven't seen any machetes around here, so I think we are at least safe for now" -- oppressed victim Charles Krauthammer, Wednesday night on Fox News, decrying the persecution of conservative pundits.

This is what one finds -- just from today -- on the Op-Ed page of The Washington Post, which yesterday fired Dan Froomkin:

Neocon Charles Krauthammer:   attacking Obama for indifference to Freedom in Iran

Neocon Paul Wolfowitz:  attacking Obama for indifference to Freedom in Iran

 * Establishment/CIA spokesman and war supporter David Ignatius:  demanding that Obama do more to support Freedom in Iran and refuse to negotiate with the Iranian regime

Bush CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden:  warning that America will be in danger if CIA officials involved in torture continue to be criticized and questioned about what they did

On Monday, the Post hosted an online chat with Fox News' Glenn Beck to promote his new book.  Today, on its so-called "Post-Partisan" Opinions page, The Post features a column from neocon Bill Kristol, attacking Obama for indifference to Freedom in Iran; a column from right-wing polemicist Kathleen Parker, attacking Obama for indifference to Freedom in Iran; and Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, attacking PBS for banning sectarian programming.  On Wednesday, it published an Op-Ed from neocon Robert Kagan accusing Obama of being "objectively" pro-Ahmedinejad (headline:  "Obama, Siding with the Regime").  The Post hosts a permanent feature with National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru, leading discussions about conservatism.  And its Editorial Page, for years, was (and still is) the loudest cheerleaders for the neoconservative prongs of Bush's foreign policy, particularly the war in Iraq.

The Washington Post does more to advance neoconservative ideology than The Weekly Standard, the American Enterprise Institute and Commentary combined.  But Post columnist Charles Krauthammer -- and so many like him -- fantasize that they're surrounded by a Liberal Media that oppresses, persecutes and silences them.  Just ponder the levels of delusion and self-pity necessary to believe that.

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The Purpose of The Washington Post Op-Ed Page and The Oppressive, Dissent-Intolerant Liberal Media -- A Pictorial Illustration:

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