IMPORTANT LOCAL MEDIA NEWS  4:05 pm June 18, 2009

Washington Post Fires Froomkin!

by Jim Newell

Everyone give it up for your capital city’s hometown newspaper, the very liberal Washington Post, which has abruptly fired its only liberal pundit, Dan Froomkin, who in past years did more than the rest of the Post op-ed staff combined to show how our beloved leaders George W. Bush and Richard “Dick” Cheney were careless law-breaking criminals from Hell.

Think about this one example, of many: wretched columnist Richard Cohen, whom the Post passes off as one of its tenured liberal critics, was embarrassingly wrong about every possible aspect of the Iraq War — as was the Liberal editorial board — and when asked in 2006 to reflect on his hawkishness during the first Bush term, he wrote, “In a post-Sept. 11 world, I thought the prudent use of violence could be therapeutic.” This pathetic, grumpy person who was sneeringly wrong about very important War issues and then explained it all away, years later, with that sociopathic “quip” about human life, is still a weekly columnist at this newspaper, where the other op-ed “stars” include Charles Krauthammer — who called Froomkin “stupid” in a printed column — Bill Kristol, David Broder, Fred Hiatt, Jackson Diehl, George Will, David Ignatius, and Michael Gerson.

In other words, this is a great day for Dan Froomkin! Imagine the liberation he must feel, finally getting out of that musty, murderous shithole. Congratulations, Dan!

UPDATE: We should add, as some commenters have pointed out, that the Post does still have Eugene Robinson, Harold Meyerson, and E.J. Dionne, who are graciously given a few words each week to write mild, agreeable left-center blurbs near the more respectable Krauthammer’s unresearched, vociferous war and torture death chants that importantly push the centrist position somewhere to the right of David Addington.

Froomkin out at Washington Post [Michael Calderone secret "Michael Calderone" guest-blogger, Patrick Gavin!]

 
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Mr Blifil June 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I think the easiest way to put it is that our editors and research teams are constantly reviewing our columns, blogs and other content to make sure we’re giving readers the most value when they are on our site while balancing the need to make the most of our resources. Unfortunately, this means that sometimes features must be eliminated, and this time it was the blog that Dan Froomkin freelanced for washingtonpost.com

Dogpile on the mealy-mouthed fuck-face bean counter!

4tehlulz June 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm

He will now feel free to tell us about that time he saw Richard Cohen blowing Cheney in the men’s bathroom.

Capitol Hillbilly June 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm

This makes me sorry I canceled my subscription, because I want to do it again.

ManchuCandidate June 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm

The WaPo, failing ever upwards to irrelevancy.

HopeyDope June 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Shut the front door!

BillyClubb June 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Welcome to the unemployment line, Dan Froomkin. Perhaps you can write for Wonkette…

GreatOldOnesParty June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Today, we are all Froomkins.

FMA June 18, 2009 at 4:14 pm

So let’s see, in a short period of time, the Washington Post hired William Kristol, who has been wrong about, well, everything and couldn’t be depended upon to correctly say where the sun rises, and cans Froomkin, who was pretty much right about a lot of stuff.

Molly Ivins was right. Newspapers aren’t dying; they’re committing suicide.

RedTape June 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Goodbye, Froomkin. You will be missed. You taught us so many things!

Like about how logical Treasury Secretary John Snow was.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2006/05/24/BL2006052401423_pf.html

Or how to better understand George Bush, linguistically!
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2005/12/22/BL2005122200899_5.html

slappypaddy June 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm

so this washington post thing, what is that? is that one of those fish-wrapper things, or that paper you buy to line your parrot-cage floor or housebreak your puppy on? or is it one of those brands of fireplace kindling? i know i’ve heard of it somewhere, i just can’t place it.

imissopus June 18, 2009 at 4:18 pm

They still have Eugene Robinson, who remains relevant. Or are we not counting him because he’s black? WHY DOES WONKETTE HATE THE NEGROES?

charlesdegoal June 18, 2009 at 4:19 pm

The WP editorial page can best be described as fair and balanced bullshit. Is this – and whatever else is wrong with newspapers – indicative of a fundamental incompatibility between free enterprise and a free press? Probably.

Come here a minute June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

I hate to agree with the sacking of a writer I enjoyed a lot in the darkest days of the Bush era, but I had been reading him a lot less lately. It is like what Wonkette will be like when all the hypocrites leave Washington.

Electric Zen June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Froomkin was repetitive, meandering, and unreadable. He needed to go just as badly as Cohen and Kristol.

SayItWithWookies June 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm

The Washington Post editors are a bunch of idiots. Froomkin’s was the only consistently readable and informative column in that rag, so what do they do? Ghettoize it, cut it up into a multi-installment blog, and try to bury it — the journalistic equivalent of giving him a basement office next to the steam room — and yet he still manages to be popular. I guess he left the folks at the Post no other option. Bastards.

And yes, he also gave me a 30-second down payment on my fifteen minutes of fame, if ever the rest of it shows up.

Come here a minute June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Note to all readers: Froomkin was an online feature, he was never in the same category as the idiots Bill Kristol, David Broder, Fred Hiatt, Jackson Diehl, George Will, David Ignatius, and Michael Gerson, employed by the editorial page and printed in the fishwrapper.

magic titty June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

“In a post-Sept. 11 world, I thought the prudent use of violence could be therapeutic.”

Jesus. That’s one of the most vile things I’ve ever read. 120 Days of Sodom, and then that.

facehead June 18, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Dan, if it will make you feel any better, you’ve got an honorific urban dictionary entry:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=froomkin

Jukesgrrl June 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm

[re=342372]Capitol Hillbilly[/re]: I have that feeling about every publication I ever cancelled.

Uncle Al June 18, 2009 at 4:26 pm

[re=342372]Capitol Hillbilly[/re]: I cancelled the Post a year ago, and it felt so good, because they begged me not to, and asked me a lot of questions about what they could do to make my Post-reading experience better. I told the guy, “Stop treating Bush like he hasn’t been wrong about everything,” but that didn’t seem to be on his checklist of items. Anyhoo a month or 2 after I cancelled, they mailed me an offer to reinstate at 99 cents a week. So I re-upped, figuring it must cost them a lot more than that to send it to me.

So now I’m not sure what to do–cancel again? Or is it better to speed the Post’s financial ruin by getting it at 99 cents?

19kevin8 June 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Eh, what’s a “newspaper”?

Mr Blifil June 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm

[re=342394]Come here a minute[/re]: Which is the same as saying that he didn’t cost dick, and was fired because someone didn’t like him, either for his ideas or otherwise. Hey waddaya know, that’s actually the easiest way to say it.

Morbo the Annihilator June 18, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Anyone who fires Froomkin but keeps Krauthammer is clearly suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Jukesgrrl June 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

[re=342394]Come here a minute[/re]: Which just means it cost them next-to-nothing to have him there and will save them next-to-nothing to fire him, so all the more reason “value” had nothing to do with it. My bet: Froomkin-the-Freelancer didn’t provide generous enough holiday gifts to his editors — that’s the kind of value they’re interested in.

Hooray For Anything June 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I think Froomkin’s main problem is that he did a better job covering the Bush administration than the entirety of the Washington Post staff combined and as such, was setting a bad example.

[re=342386]imissopus[/re]: Don’t forget EJ Dionne and Harold Myerson. Those two are probably the best newspaper columnists out there.

CorkPopper June 18, 2009 at 4:34 pm

[re=342405]Mr Blifil[/re]: Yeah, cuz firing those freelance bloggers is going to save the Post an amazing pile of money. It will be the turnaround they’ve been looking for. You wait.

Uncle Bubba June 18, 2009 at 4:41 pm

a one anna two…

You, you, you,

I can fuck with you, you, you,

All because of Yoo, Yoo, Yoo,

Will you sue him too?

Am I fired yet…

qaf June 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm

That Cohen quote sounds like Dan Savage, back when he was pimping invading Iraq.

SayItWithWookies June 18, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Who are they going to replace him with? I’m putting my money on Newt Gingrich.

dijetlo June 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Meh, getting thrown off the Titanic isn’t all that tragic, really.

Lionel Hutz Esq. June 18, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I have always found it curious how the adjective “liberal” when put in front of the noun “Washington Post” means “Follows in lock step with the Bush Administration and Republican Party.”

Tricky language, English.

Extemporanus June 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Don’t feel too bad for Froomkin. He’ll be starring alongside Bilbo, Thorin, Gandalf, et al. in the upcoming film adaptation of The Hobbit .

SayItWithWookies June 18, 2009 at 4:57 pm

I think the WaPo’s Ombudsman needs to be inundated with comments about this:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ombudsman-blog/2009/06/post_axes_froomkins_white_hous.html#more

blogslut June 18, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I just spoke with Kris Coratti @ WaPo. She said that Froomkin’s column is being phased out and there is no actual date when it will end. In other words, there’s still time to let the Post know that you want Froomkin to stay. If you guys are nice to me, I’ll post Ms. Coratti’s phone number.

Suds McKenzie June 18, 2009 at 5:18 pm

[re=342392]SayItWithWookies[/re]: liking the green Mr. Wookie

Min June 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm

And they’re firing him now?

lawrenceofthedesert June 18, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Newspaper mentality: “The Internet is killing our advertising and circulation, so we better save money — by cutting back on our Internet edition, or else it might come out of MY department!” Max Weber predicted this in his writing about bureaucracy; its primary goal is self-perpetuation. They have done this before with camera and stereo columns; when ads for both were cut back in a previous recession, dailies responded by eliminating the columns, thereby ensuring that they would never recoup the ads. Many papers have done the same suicide with travel sections, too. Duh!

bamaboy June 18, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I wrote:
I’m sorry to see that you fired him; he was one of your best writers. The rest of your stable just follows the party line, kinda like a right wing Pravda.

Bypartizoa June 18, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Too bad about Dan, but I’ve always thought that “Froomkin” sounded like a name for some sort of perverted sexual act. Like maybe when one furry blows another.

SayItWithWookies June 18, 2009 at 5:41 pm

[re=342480]Suds McKenzie[/re]: Thank you. It is but a small dab of solidarity, but, Inshallah, it will be noticed.

assistant/atlas June 18, 2009 at 5:42 pm

[re=342386]imissopus[/re]: “Or are we not counting him because he’s black?” It’s precious that you thought we might. But they might as well just call his column “Token Black Guy Speaks”.

Oldskool June 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm

I bet he made a Palin pregger joke and WaPo was afraid an advertiser would balk. Assumning they still have advertisers.

desertwind June 18, 2009 at 6:20 pm

You know what? This sucks.

(although, I gotta say — Froomkin on Cheney is a lot easier to take than Froomkin on my man Obama. He’s a little too real.)

Pop Socket June 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Froomkin took the title of his column “White House Watch” a little too literally and actually committed acts of journalism.

sati demise June 18, 2009 at 6:52 pm

[re=342377]FMA[/re]:because Kristol is a whore and keeps sleeping his way to the top. simple explanation.

fromhils June 18, 2009 at 6:59 pm

[re=342495]lawrenceofthedesert[/re]: Couldn’t have said it better myself, so I won’t.

penalcolony June 18, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Surely one factor in this was Froomkin’s relentless press criticism, WaPo included, which probably drew small appreciation in Hiatt/Diehl/Grahm/Weymouth/Brauchli circles. The real scandal is that WaPo didn’t fire Howard Kurtz and give Froomkin his job.

sezme June 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm

[re=342416]qaf[/re]: “Senator” Franken was into the therapeutic ultra-violence as well. Oh and Hills of course. These people all knew that Sadam had teh wepponz of messy deconstruction. But they really had blood-lust in their hearts and/or a fear of looking weak and/or fear itself.

SlipperyDick June 19, 2009 at 6:16 am

Indefinite detention. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Military Tribunals. Bail outs for the rich and powerful, capitalism for the rest of us. Escalation of the war on terror. Free pass for the past tortures. Seems there’s plenty of work for a Froomkin to do with this administration.

Rilke June 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Why is everyone picking on WaPo? They are just creating a “cognition free” zone so the Kruathammer and other prophets of the Returm of the Idiot can operate freely.

Sheez –criticizing thrm probably violates their constitutyional right to advocate a theocratic idiocracy.

problemwithcaring June 22, 2009 at 2:32 pm

[re=342417]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Meghan McCain, please please please.

finallyhappy June 26, 2009 at 3:35 pm

[re=342443]SayItWithWookies[/re]: I have never had any luck with any of the WAPO ombudsmen- big waste of time.

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