Democracy Dies When Newspapers Kill It

On Wednesday The Washington Post breathlessly announced that it had hired a bunch of new opinion writers. Let’s take a look at who they are.

Mary Hadar is a long-time WP editor and she will serve as an editor for editorials. OK, seems like a good idea.

Gabriel Pasquini is an Argentinian living in the US who will commission opinion pieces from the Spanish-speaking word and write about Latin Aerican. Seems like it could be interesting.

Natasha Sarin is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and also holds a position at the Wharton School of Business.  She also spent a year as part of Biden’s Treasury Department. Seems OK.

Amanda Ripley writes about conflict and has written a few very successful books (from what I read). She also seems to be an OK addition.

Jim Geraghty is the senior editor at National Review and has already been on the job for 3 months. I know that it’s good to have opposing viewpoints, but what is the use of a viewpoint rooted in lies? How does that contribute to meaningful discourse?

Geraghty’s latest is a rant about federal workers still teleworking a few days a week. He touts a bill by the wingnut James Comer which would force all federal workers back into the office. And what rationale does the work from home Geraghty offer:  downtown DC isn’t bustling with office workers and DC’s mayor is on my side. Spoiler alert:  her rationale isn’t the same as his.

Another of his recent takes is his complaining that too many young people vote and it’s all the fault of…MTV’s Rock The Vote campaign from 1992. (Obviously he’s still pretty salty about how young voters rejected the GOP at the polls in November.)

Ramesh Ponnuru is the editor of National Review, and in case that’s not wingnut enough for you, he’s also a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Naturally he has written a book called “The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life”.

In his latest opinion piece for the Post, Ponnuru offers this insightful commentary:

In mid-January, the Republican National Committee sent out a news release noting how many vacation days he has taken and how few news conferences he has held. It said it was marking “2 years of Biden hiding.” Around the same time, polls found Biden’s popularity ticking up, perhaps because his absence has left the spotlight to Republican flaws and fights. The secret of Biden’s success might be hiding in plain sight.

His idea of a think piece is to copy GOP propaganda, to ignore the backlash against Roe’s being overtured, and to pretend that the sheer awfulness of the current GOP isn’t part of why Biden’s approval rating is slowly rising. Can’t wait to see what he writes about women.

Ruy Teixeira is a senior fellow at AEI. Oh goodie, he’s going to write about demography. He writes stuff like this:  “The Five Deadly Sins of the Left:  Identity Politics. Retro-Socialism. Catastrophism. Growthphobia. Technopessimism.”

In his latest opinion piece for the Post, he omits the key factor in why it’s hard for the Democrats to win white working class voters:  the right wing propaganda echo chamber. At the same time, he’s regurgitating their propaganda.

I am not sure why the Post is doing this—clicks? Subscriptions? It can’t be for the dialogue, because it hired a bunch of extremists who straight up lie. It’s extremely disappointing and will only hurt our democracy.

Take it away, Marvin.


4 thoughts on “Democracy Dies When Newspapers Kill It

  1. They’ve already got the Trifecta of RWNJ “Thought”: Hewitt, Olsen, and Thiessen. What’s the need for more?

  2. I don’t remember the Trump supporter who took over CNN, but there certainly seems to be a similar agenda. It’s like the ‘frog in boiling water’ analogy … gradually switching the message.

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