The idea that is was budgetary constraints makes little sense. Froomkin was a free-lancer. Didn't they just hire Ezra? As for Hiatt's notion that interest in the column declined under Obama, can we have some simple data on that? In these days, we need not take an editor's word for it. The traffic stats have to be available. How do Froomkin's compare with other columnists? How much traffic did Froomkin bring in compared to, say, Kagan or Gerson? This data is available. Maybe Howie Kurtz or Andy Alexander could provide it.

Oh, and by the way, read Greenwald on this. His opening quotes are priceless.

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