“We can’t have any tolerance for the perception that people are conflicted or bring a bias to their work,” - WaPo editor, Marcus Brauchli, restating the view that journalists must have no intellectual conflicts, no opinions and no private life in order to be an MSM blogger.
Just when you think they might get it, you realize they don't. But the great thing about new buzz for Rolling Stone is that some editors somewhere might be more interested in speaking truth to power. Then there's this amazing quote from the alleged ombudsman for the Post:
“Mr. Weigel’s exit, and the events that prompted it, have further damaged The Post among conservatives who believe it is not properly attuned to their ideology or activities.”
Now notice how this quote encapsulates the total failure of nerve among today's newspaper editors. Their goal is not to find smart engaged reporters and bloggers to explore the world and tell what they see and find out; it is to preserve a "perception" of non-bias between ideological factions. If one side goes off the deep end, it is the role of journalists to move the goal-posts to wherever is now the center-line. And so Rush Limbaugh essentially has a veto over MSM coverage of "conservatives." And he also, it appears, has a veto over hiring policy as well. You wonder why the two bloggers who have left the WaPo were both war skeptics and torture foes? Wonder no longer.