It’s been common knowledge for years that the Washington Post, the House the Graham and Bradlee Built, has long since descended into neocon cesspittery with the rise of Fred Hiatt and the exile of Dan Froomkin. What’s not quite common knowledge is how it got there.
The rot began with the slow demise of DC’s other longtime daily paper, the Washington Star, in the 1970s. The Star, which at the time was considerably more conservative than the Post, had a number of persons who would find themselves looking for new jobs at other papers as their old jobs and old paper faded away. Among those that wound up at the Post or Newsweek, its sister publication: Fred Hiatt, Michael Isikoff, and Howard Kurtz. My comments are focused on the last of these named gentlemen.
Mistah Kurtz spent his time at the Post aiding Hiatt in shoving the paper towards the right end of the spectrum, and away from the journalistic excellence upheld by Katherine Graham. Kurtz is now working for CNN, but the husband of longtime conservative Republican operative Sheri Annis is still out there trying to shove those Overton Windows rightward, as in this recent piece where he mocks Obama and Gore for pointing out the power wielded by Kurtz’ friends in the right-wing media.
Tell ya what, Howie: Name me three factually-challenged dirty tricks by right-wing spewmeister James O’Keefe III that you and your colleagues DIDN’T latch onto and amplify. Just three.
Face it, Mistah Kurtz: You’re the modern version of William Safire, except you’re nowhere near as polished.
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