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The WaPo’s Firestorm

by Pamela Leavey

The WaPo launched a new blog today — Red America. As Editor & Publisher reports, it’s already created a firestorm…

During the recent controversy surrounding Dan Froomkin’s blog at The Washington Post, editors not only decided to clearly label his column “opinion” but also to make an effort to hire a conservative blogger to balance his alleged liberal slant.

Today, the Post launched the result: A new blog called “Red America,” created by Ben Domenech, co-founder of RedState, a popular community blog.

It immediately set off what Post political reporter Tom Edsall called a “firestorm” in his online chat today.

A former contributing editor to National Review Online, Domenech later became what he calls “the youngest political appointee of President George W. Bush.” After a stint as chief speechwriter for Texas Senator John Cornyn, he became a book editor at Regnery Publishing, where he worked with Michelle Malkin and others.

Starting with a bang, he declared today, “This is a blog for the majority of Americans.” Some may argue that this is an outdated notion, given the president’s current approval rating and the latest polls showing that a clear majority of Americans favor Democrats in this November’s congressional elections.

Chris Bowers of MYDD notes on the subject of the new conservative blog at the WaPo, “There Is No Right-Wing Blogosphere Anymore.” His reasoning – “Most major right-wing bloggers have now been incorporated into the established news media apparatus.”

And Atrios says: “Ask Tom Edsall if they have any plans to hire a “Blue America” blogger.”

I’m in complete agreement with Atrios on this. Dan Froomkin is hardly a liberal blogger. His blog is an opinion blog and it’s far from liberally slanted. The only answer to fair and balanced is for the WaPo to hire a “Blue America” blogger.

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