Politico accuses Washington Post of turning liberal

They're hiring all the bloggers, so they must be!

Published May 5, 2010 10:15PM (EDT)

Ben Smith writes in Politico that the Washington Post is shifting "leftward." His evidence: They hired Ezra Klein, Greg Sargent, and (pro-life libertarian) David Wiegel. (And former Huffington Post news editor Katharine Zaleski.)

Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall suggests the story is an attack by Politico on a competitor. (Josh perhaps felt the same way when Politico ran this story about Talking Points Memo.)

It pains us to defend Politico, the DC-area niche newsletter that is actively making the nation a worse place. Especially because, with media reporter Michael Calderone having decamped to Yahoo, Politico's media coverage has gotten dumber and more petty (reflecting the machismo-soaked bragging editorial memos from Politico's founding fathers). But this particular piece is actually a decent, interesting, and fair look at something the Post is clearly experimenting with on the web.

In print the Post features the same mix of useless old "moderate" liberals, torture-apologist former Bush speechwriters, George Will, and Richard Cohen as always. (Oh, and Dana Milbank! He is so "snarky," that one. The kids love the "snark.")

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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