Apparently, You Can’t Get Fired For This

I can kind of see why the former ombudsman for the Washington Post, Patrick Pexton, advised Jeff Bezos to fire Jennifer Rubin. Among his criticisms were these:

Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint mail about any single Post staffer while I was ombudsman, and I’m leaving out the organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters. Thinking conservatives didn’t like her, thinking moderates didn’t like her, government workers who knew her arguments to be unfair didn’t like her. Dump her like a dull tome on the Amazon Bargain Books page…

…She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards. She parrots and peddles every silly right-wing theory to come down the pike in transparent attempts to get Web hits. Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable. Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward.

She really is terrible. Today she is actually suggesting that Hillary Clinton will be burdened by Benghazi if she wins the nomination in 2016. Why does the Post pay for that kind of Foxified epistemic closure?

Ms. Rubin goes even further, declaring that “Republicans are coming around to the idea that Clinton is the perfect opponent for them to confront in 2016.”

Literally no one who hasn’t suffered significant brain damage actually believes what Rubin is writing.

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Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com