Today is the debut of the new Ezra Klein Blog at the Washington Post, and I thought I’d say I like this motto:
They say the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. Well, the greatest trick that Washington ever played was convincing the nation that the actual work of government was too dull for the people to participate in or pay attention to. They pay me to make this interesting and comprehensible. I’ll do my best.
Somewhere along the line a lot of journalists seem to have decided that there’s a sharp dichotomy between “things that are important” and “things the audience is interested in.” The job of the responsible journalist was to have enough of the latter to keep the suits off your back, and then spoon out some of the former in an eat your peas spirit. Much better to try to make the important stuff interesting. You can catch Ezra’s RSS here.