The Placement of O’Malley’s Apologia

Perhaps this is a small thing, but it does make me wonder. Last week Bobby Jindal got the opportunity to shake his fist at gay-defending corporations and pander to Christian Right voters in the op-ed pages of the New York Times. Today Martin O’Malley finally offered his comprehensive take on what has happened in the city we’ve all been watching this week, Baltimore, which he oversaw as mayor for eight years and then as governor of Maryland for eight more years. This, BTW, was in the context of O’Malley being extensively and personally attacked for introducing policing methods that allegedly led to the kind of abuses we’ve seen in that city. In other words, O’Malley wasn’t barging into somebody else’s fight the way Bobby was; he was defending himself and offering what anyone would have to admit was a pretty richly informed opinion on the subject.

So I wonder why it was that O’Malley’s big commentary appeared at HuffPost? Honorable as it is, HuffPost is not a Newspaper of Record, and a lot of people will probably miss what he had to say.

I’d be interested to know if this was O’Malley’s choice, or that of the media gatekeepers.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.