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Post Objectivity


Why does the Wash Post — or any media outlet, for that matter — look to Douglas Brinkley as an objective “author and historian” for commentary on President Bush? This is a guy who formally tried out for the role of court historian to the Kerry administration. The only reason he didn’t get the job if because his man lost. Yesterday, in the Post, he wrote: “barring a couple of miracles, it’s safe to bet that Bush will be forever handcuffed to the bottom rungs of the presidential ladder. … There isn’t much that Bush can do now to salvage his reputation. … Though Bush may be viewed as a laughingstock … He has joined Hoover as a case study on how not to be president.” Today, of course, Brinkley will be an exemplar of evenhanded objectivity.