Barone: Post Has Tilted Leftward Under Bennett
Relating to recent discussions of milbloggers and the major national newspapers’ coverage of the war, Michael Barone looks at the Washington Post’s recent change in leadership:
Is it just imagination, or have the Post’s news pages taken a more leftward tilt since Phil Bennett replaced Steve Coll as managing editor? To gauge where Bennett is coming from, read this interview. Excerpt spotlighted by Michelle Malkin: “For me, this episode [the administration's claims that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq] is a good example of how difficult it is to independently verify the government’s claims when the government is lying to you.” Coll, who has just announced he is moving from the Post to the New Yorker, is certainly not a movement conservative. But he is a brilliant reporter and a gifted writer whose books show a clear-eyed view of the world and a determination to take the reader where the facts warrant, rather than to the destination favored by the leftist newsroom culture.
The title of the interview with Bennett (“I don’t think US should be the leader of the world”) says it all. Who does Bennett think should lead the way? Germany? Chad? The Federated States of Micronesia?