Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Mr. Domenech Goes To Washington[post.com]

It seems the Washington Post just can't stay out of hot water with liberals. As if the Froomkin and comment-disabling kerfuffles weren't controversial enough, the paper's website yesterday debuted a new conservatively-slanted blog helmed by RedState.org founder Ben Domenech. Post.com's notoriously tendentious peanut gallery was quick to pass its collective judgement against the paper's decision to offer Domenech an official soapbox (E&P lists a few sample comments here). The E&P article says that the prominent right-winger was hired specifically to counterbalance Froomkin's alleged liberal bias, the existence of which Froomkin's fans strenuously dispute.

Blogland liberals aren't happy either. Let's survey some of the more colorful characterizations floating around out there:

Firedoglake: " the most thick-witted, mouth breathing home schooled freak [the Post] could lay [its collective] hands on"

TPM: "a high octane Republican political activist"

Yourlogohere: "a 24 year old with little journalistic experience who lists among his credientials being the "youngest political appointee of President George W. Bush"

The Poor Man Institute: "professional Republican activist," "home-schooled prodigy"

Pharyngula: "a frothing idiot"

The Sideshow: "a mindless right-wing hack"

I'll be back later with a more substantial smattering of observations on Mr. Domenech's new post.