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What Is The Post Opinion Section For?

By Matthew Yglesias on May 11, 2007 at 11:59 am

"What Is The Post Opinion Section For?"

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One specific issue some of the delicate flowers raised was the question of why progressive bloggers are so mean to Fred Hiatt. And, indeed, a decent point was raised: Progressive bloggers are quick to impute specific motives to Hiatt and we’re often leaping to conclusions — and even frequently mistaken — when we do so. The truth of the matter is that none of us know why the Post does the things it does; their actions are baffling. Today, for example, I see an op-ed by Richard Perle.

What is one to conclude from this?

Does the Post think Perle is a reliable source of information? Maybe it does, but in that case one would need to seriously question its sanity. My guess is that the Post doesn’t think Perle is a reliable source of information, but that it decided to publish the op-ed anyway. Why would they do that? I’m not sure. I could speculate, but I won’t since, as I’ve learned, that sort of thing annoys people. One is left, however, with the basic facts — Perle’s op-ed is there in the opinion section. There’s also a column by Charles Krauthammer. Whatever reason either of those articles are there, their presence makes it difficult to believe that the Post’s opinion pages are, as an institution, committed to making their readers better-informed about the world.

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