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Days After Ombudsmen Exits, WaPo Busted in Stealth Correction

Mar 5, 2013 11:01 AM PT

It was just last week that the once-legendary Washington Post ended the four decade run of its Ombudsmen. Patrick Pexton was the last person to hold that role. Now that he's gone,  so is the role of an independent watchdog free to criticize his own paper when it does something biased or unethical.

As if to prove the old adage that when the cat's away the rat's will play, Pexton's chair had barely cooled before the Post was caught stealth correcting a high-profile piece.

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Foreign Affairs

Professor: Obama a 'Dithering, Controlling, Risk-Averse' US President

Mar 5, 2013 10:55 AM PT

Who is this Vali Nasr person, who dares say such things about Dear Leader? Go get 'em Team Marvel! - Burn the witch!

Via The UK Telegraph:

Barack Obama is a "dithering" president whose controlling tendencies and extreme risk-averse attitude to foreign policy has damaged US interests in the Middle East, according to a new book by a senior former State Department adviser.

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Media Bias

Caveat Lector

Mar 5, 2013 10:37 AM PT

In response to Narrative, Narrative, Narrative:

In June 2009, during the health reform battle, my co-blogger Morgen found video of Klein admitting that the public option was a "sneaky strategy" to get the country to single payer. When Klein saw it he wrote this snarky response:

Conservatives have an Underpants Gnomes-theory of how liberals mean to achieve single payer. It looks something like this:

1) With 60 votes in the Senate and a hugely popular new president, Democrats labor to reform the health-care system and manage, barely, to create a public insurance option by promising up-and-down that it wouldn’t have any government-provided advantages over private health insurance plans. This is about competition, they swear.

2) ????

3) The United States Senate votes to outlaw private health insurance...

many liberals would like a single-payer system. But there is nothing in Barack Obama’s plan that would enact such a thing and nothing in the political jockeying we’ve seen thus far that should make anybody think such a thing is possible.

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We've Done Worse Than a Bush

Mar 5, 2013 9:41 AM PT

In response to Are you ready for... Jeb Bush 2016?:

Being from Florida, I never understood the negative knee-jerk reaction to Jeb Bush.  He was the first person I ever voted for when he ran for governor the second time.  He's always struck me as a common sense kind of guy that wanted to institute reforms (like in K-12 education), while making them pallatable for the average voter (which we and most Breitbart readers are not).  That said, I don't know where he stands on a lot of issues, but I agree with John that the dynasty talk is over-played.


Broken Window nirvana

Mar 5, 2013 9:01 AM PT

In response to Krugman Promotes Perfect Storm Stupidity :

Basically, I think what we need is for the unsightly half of the world to collapse, so the other half can make a fortune in "stimulus" by rebuilding it.  Also, it would be nice if old people died sooner to keep entitlement programs from going bankrupt.  To a man with a Keynesian sledgehammer, all the world looks like a gigantic episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

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Are you ready for... Jeb Bush 2016?

Mar 5, 2013 8:55 AM PT

And more to the point, is he ready for it?  The day after he gave a big Today interview to test the 2016 waters and chart a distinct course on immigration, he was already disavowing his own book on immigration.  Which leads me to wonder why the just-released book is still on the shelves, or how Bush can leave his name on it.  I feel a great swell of pity for his co-author.

What does everyone make of Jeb Bush?  I've tried to resist the knee-jerk impulse to dismiss him out of hand because America will never vote for the third installment of a dynasty, or never vote for anyone named "Bush" again.  That sort of simple Crackerjack-box political wisdom is usually wrong, especially in a year when Democrats are straining mightily to get people to vote for another Clinton... and her horrific performance on Benghazi will be far fresher in memory than anything G.W. Bush did.  (Of course the media will keep trying to bury Benghazi, but we won't let them, and that "what difference does it make?" sound bite of hers should make every single American's blood run cold.)

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