Ex-Washington Post Ombudsman To Jeff Bezos: Fire Jennifer Rubin

5 years ago by David

Sometimes the universe does align in perfect harmony.

"Dump her like a dull tome on the Amazon Bargain Books page."

There are many conservative hacks populating the mainstream media, as we've noted countless times on C&L, but I've reserved a special place for the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin. Check out some of our archived posts and you'll see some of her wingnuttery on display.

I remember in 2007 she actually did a good piece of reporting in the Weekly Standard on Mitt Romney's pro-choice/pro-Planned parenthood stances he took in 2002 to help him win in Massachusetts. I figured it was because she was against him in 2008, but that was a long time ago and she's been embarrassing the Post for a long time now. She's written some of the worst articles during the 2012 election, including trying to rewrite George Bush's Presidency and this whopper: Early Voting Buoys Romney.

Patrick Pexton, former ombudsman for the Washington Post, wrote a lengthy letter of advice to Jeff Bezos and at the end he closes with Now for some Good, Bad, and Ugly. Ms. extreme right turn blogger is the Ugly:

Patrick Pexton, who served as The Washington Post's ombudsman until March of this year, has written an open letter to incoming Post owner Jeff Bezos in which he calls on him to make editorial page editor Fred Hiatt fire Jennifer Rubin, the paper's conservative columnist.

"Have Fred Hiatt, your editorial page editor — who I like, admire, and respect — fire opinion blogger Jennifer Rubin. Not because she’s conservative, but because she’s just plain bad," Pexton writes in the letter, which was published by Washington City Paper.

"She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards," Pexton argues. "She parrots and peddles every silly right-wing theory to come down the pike in transparent attempts to get Web hits. Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable. Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward."

And he didn't stop there:

"[S]he is often wrong, and rarely acknowledges it," Pexton writes "She was oh-so-wrong about Mitt Romney, week after week writing embarrassing flattery about his 2012 campaign, calling almost every move he made brilliant, and guaranteeing that he would trounce Barack Obama. When he lost, the next day she savaged him and his campaign with treachery, saying he was the worst candidate with the worst staff, ever. She was wrong about the Norway shootings being acts of al-Qaida. She was wrong about Chuck Hagel being an anti-Semite. And does she apologize? Nope."

"Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint mail about any single Post staffer while I was ombudsman, and I’m leaving out the organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters," the former ombudsman concludes. "Thinking conservatives didn’t like her, thinking moderates didn’t like her, government workers who knew her arguments to be unfair didn’t like her. Dump her like a dull tome on the Amazon Bargain Books page."

I wish he included Richard Cohen in his description of the ugly at the WaPo, who was anointed by Duncan as the 8th worst Wanker of the Decade, but when do we get everything we ask for?

Jennifer Rubin responded with this email: hahahahahhahaha” — that’s a direct quote.

Fred Hiatt stuck up for her in his response, unfortunately, so I imagine she'll be safe, but then again....

Bonus video:

Jennifer Rubin: Obama 'Not a Good Person' for Talking About Racism


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