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Ex-Washington Post ombudsman wants the paper's Republican blogger fired


Jennifer Rubin has her detractors. And then she has the people who want her canned.

Of the Washington Post Republican blogger, former Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton writes in an open letter to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos (via Washington City Paper):

Have Fred Hiatt, your editorial page editor—who I like, admire, and respect—fire opinion blogger Jennifer Rubin. Not because she’s conservative, but because she’s just plain bad. She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards. She parrots and peddles every silly right-wing theory to come down the pike in transparent attempts to get Web hits. Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable. Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward. ...

Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint mail about any single Post staffer while I was ombudsman, and I’m leaving out the organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters. Thinking conservatives didn’t like her, thinking moderates didn’t like her, government workers who knew her arguments to be unfair didn’t like her. Dump her like a dull tome on the Amazon Bargain Books page.

Bezos recently purchased the Post for $250 million.

Rubin, who is actually a very good writer and more establishment Republican than tea party-type, is a thorn in the side to many. Media Matters doesn't like her. She thinks Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is "a jerk." And she called Newt Gingrich a "phony intellectual." She plainly says President Obama is "not a good person."

On the other hand, she liked Mitt Romney.

What about that is "shallow and predictable"?


h/t Politico

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