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Yeah, but think about how long it took the WaPo to get to the Walter Reed story.  Walter Reed hospital is -- what, maybe three miles from the WaPo HQ?  None of their little local hacks stumbled on it before things completely went to Hell?

I agree that blaming the paper for our problems is silly, and that saying it hasn't produced any good journalism is 20 years is silly, but let's be honest: The Post is a paper for the chattering class -- the snooty little shits who, as techno rightly points out, have anointed themselves Kings of Fucking EverythingTM simply because they live and work in DC.  That stretch of land from the Key Bridge to the Capitol must have its own water supply or something, because it even happens among those who aren't close to the rich and powerful.  But they kind of live near them, so they're important, too.  The name-dropping, the overpriced restaurants with food that doesn't measure up to the average TGIFridays, the "We know what's best for you" attitude.

You know this.

And the paper is perfect for it.  It's full of snooty little shits who count themselves among the Kings of Fucking EverythingTM.

Native Washingtonians are nice enough people.  Mostly black, culturally very diverse, very liberal, nice people whose city gets bashed all the time by the rest of the country simply because the Very Serious People, who think politics and government exist for their own amusement, happen to live there, too.

The No. 1 reason we're in the mess we're in is this: Our own population has been too lazy and too stupid to do its homework for too long.  They don't put the work in to cut through the bullshit.  Blaming the WaPo for it is dumb.  The WaPo only gets away with being more than a fancy-looking roll of toilet paper because of the failures of the citizenry.


Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Jun 29th, 2008 at 10:50:23 PM EST
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