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Win a job writing (temporarily) for America's worst opinion section!

The Washington Post presents your chance to advocate for sensible centrism alongside Richard Cohen and George Will

Alex Pareene
September 21, 2010 2:45AM (UTC)

Would you like to win the right to join America's Worst Opinion Page? Do you want to make intellectually dishonest arguments denying climate change using false data, secure in the knowledge that there will be no corrections or consequences? Do you love construct "contradictions and twisted nonsense?"

Then the Washington Post has exciting news for you! They're launching their second apparently annual "Next Great Pundit" contest! If you submit a 400-word opinion essay by October 1st, you, too, can win the right to be fired for insulting Matt Drudge in a private email.


Here's a tip: Be a moderate, centrist old white guy. And don't expect much. Just like last time, the prize is an exciting, temporary career as a contracted freelance opinion writer:

The one (1) Contest winner will be given the opportunity to enter into an independent contractor agreement with Sponsor to write a weekly column for Sponsor at a rate of $250 per column for a duration of 13 weeks beginning on or around November 12, 2010 and continuing through February 4, 2011. Total compensation (i.e., value of prize): $3,250. Sponsor shall have no obligation to publish any such column in any form or use it for any specific purpose. However, such column could appear online, in print, on a mobile application and/or elsewhere as determined in Sponsor's sole discretion. To receive a prize and be confirmed as the "winner", the winner must sign an independent contractor agreement with Sponsor, complete a W-9 form and file monthly invoices.

The previous winner of the Washington Post's pundit context, Kevin Huffman, has not published a column since March.

Alex Pareene

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

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