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Washington Post Hires A Leftwing Blogger

From the Politico:

Sign of the media times

by Ben Smith

January 2, 2009

The Washington Post just hired away from the reporting-heavy liberal blog empire TPM, to run a new blog for them.

Greg’s move is both a reminder of how the new liberal reporting infrastructure –TPM and Huffpo, in particular — were as much competitors as any newspaper in breaking news this cycle; and a sign of how porous the barriers, which used to be fairly substantial, between "MSM" and "blogopshere" (and, for that matter, political campaigns and advocacy groups) have become. Way back in 2003, I replaced Greg on the very print-y New York Observer’s City Hall beat, and I suspect his variety of career path, which ran via a newspaper, a magazine, an ideological online outfit, and an old-media monolith, is going to become far more common as time goes on.

And, congrats.

Anybody who has ever had the misfortune to happen upon the Talking Points Memo site knows their “talking points” come directly from the Democrat National Committee.

They don’t even pretend otherwise.

Greg’s move is both a reminder of how the new liberal reporting infrastructure –TPM and Huffpo, in particular — were as much competitors as any newspaper in breaking news this cycle…

Can anyone recall when any news was actually broken by any liberal blogs, including the TPM or Zsa Zsa’s Huffington Post?

We can’t either.

But how telling it is in an era when newspapers are downsizing furiously that the Washington Post still cannot resist hiring someone from the ultra left.

Though, in fairness, the Washington Post may simply be following orders from their bosses at the DNC.

Still, it’s hardly a ‘sign of the media times.’ This is what the mainstream media has been doing for generations.

And they wonder why they are losing readers.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Washington Post Hires A Leftwing Blogger”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Sounds like the Post is looking for a Bailout of its’ own!!

  2. cjokry says:

    They’re probably bleeding money so fast that bloggers are all they can afford to hire.

  3. VMAN says:

    There are 2 papers in our area that I am just waiting to see go belly up. The parent company for one has already filed bankruptcy.

  4. ManlyDad says:

    For those who don’t take the effort to link to Politico, you’re talking about Greg Sargent.

  5. JimCap says:

    Actually, isn’t it the “Democratic National Committee”? You said the “Democrat National Committee” and I believe that’s incorrect. No such organization exists. Normally this site is very good with the use of the English language. Just thought you’d want to know.

  6. big spike says:

    i’m just amazed that the post found anyone willing to work for them; i’m expecting them to follow NYT into obscurity, irrelevance, and total collapse


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