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Ex-WaPo Ombudsman alleges Media Matters organized email campaign against Jennifer Rubin

Ex-WaPo Ombudsman alleges Media Matters organized email campaign against Jennifer Rubin

“organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters”

Former WaPo Ombudsman Patrick Pexton wrote an “Open Letter” to Jeff Bezos upon buying WaPo.

The letter is getting attention because Politico picked up on one piece of advice from Pexton to Bezos, Fire Jennifer Rubin:

“She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards [LOL – my add],” Pexton argues. “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.” …

“[S]he is often wrong, and rarely acknowledges it,” Pexton writes “She was oh-so-wrong about Mitt Romney, week after week writing embarrassing flattery about his 2012 campaign, calling almost every move he made brilliant, and guaranteeing that he would trounce Barack Obama. When he lost, the next day she savaged him and his campaign with treachery, saying he was the worst candidate with the worst staff, ever. She was wrong about the Norway shootings being acts of al-Qaida. She was wrong about Chuck Hagel being an anti-Semite. And does she apologize? Nope.”

Look, I’m no fan of Rubin as you know from the 2012 campaign.

I made many of the same points made by Pexton. (Remember the Trump endorsement and how Romneycare rendered Romney unelectable?)

But to call Rubin out of step with WaPo’s standards is laughable; this is the paper which uses Greg Sargent to (effectively) transmit Dem talking points and ran a big investigation of a rock on a hunting grounds once used by Rick Perry’s family.

WaPo does hatchet job after hatchet job on Republicans, so don’t cry for me Patrick Pexton that Jennifer Rubin has a hatchet and knows how to use it. If anyone should be complaining it’s conservatives, who more often than not are on the receiving end.

But the next portion of Pexton’s “advice” caught my eye and I think is more significant (emphasis mine):

“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,” the former ombudsman concludes. “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.”

That’s interesting.  Media Matters and other leftie groups have organized email campaigns against Rubin?

That doesn’t surprise me, but if true, it certainly puts the lie to the Media Matters claim that the boycott effort organized by Media Matters against Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers is because of Limbaugh’s supposedly unique hate speech.

My guess is that Media Matters doesn’t announce to readers “send emails to WaPo about Jennifer Rubin,” it directly or indirectly through its affiliates and sympathizers encourages such actions.  A blog post by Media Matters about the Pexton letter does not address this issue.

I emailed Media Matters press contact several hours ago asking for comment but have not heard back:

Former Washington Post Ombudsman Patrick Pexton has written of Jennifer Rubin (emphasis mine):

Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint mail about any single Post staffer while I was ombudsman, I’m leaving out the organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters.

Can you confirm, deny or otherwise comment on whether Media Matters, directly, indirectly or through one of its affiliated groups, in any way organized email campaigns against Rubin?

I also emailed Pexton for more details, but still am waiting on that:

In your open letter about Jennifer Rubin, you wrote (emphasis added):

Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint mail about any single Post staffer while I was ombudsman, I’m leaving out the organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters.

Can you elaborate on the organized email campaigns against her, particularly as to Media Matters? I have asked Media Matters for comment, and would like to get your side as well, since you mentioned them specifically.

I’ll post an update if either Media Matters or Pexton responds.


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From the Open Letter: “But, at base, Amazon just sells stuff. Lots of stuff. But it’s all stuff”

And WaPo sells an ideology. To be honest, I get more bang for my buck from Amazon.

DOES the WaPo have standards?

This is a grown man? Pexton sounds like the fifth grade goody-goody talking to the new substitute teacher.

You want standards? The WaPo “boasted” two of their own took out Nixon. NOPE. Done by the 2nd in command at the FBI. Mark Felt (sp?) who was angry that Nixon didn’t make him chief when that lunatic, Hoover, died.

Sure, the “midnight meetings” were arranged. Bob Woodward, who had met Felt “by chance” waiting in Nixon’s outer office … became buds. (I always suspected homosexuality. But eventually Woodward married. And, has a kid.)

But “two kid reporters” did NOT break WATERGATE! It was an inside job.

As to claims “Mitt would beat Obama,” that’s what a lot of people thought. Floriduh collapsed on Romney.

So, if you want the truth … not all states are equal.

Dunno what would have saved Romney, either. Since he was all “pose” and “hairspray.” And, Obama has a much bigger base of voters.

Today, Drudge is pumping up Chris Christie. Maybe, this makes a difference? He sure as heck never gives Hillary a break.

And, most interesting of all. Drudge lived in DC while he was growing up. He never thought the WaPo’s headlines were any good. He said he’d sit on a park bench, criticizing the WaPo’s headlines, coming up with ones he said were much, much better.

Readership-wise Drudges gets millions more eyeballs a day than the WaPo.

Will Bezos make a difference now that he owns this egg? Time will tell.

Rubin trashed Palin and Conservatives. She fits right in with WaPo.

The struggle is almost over for Jennifer. Soon, she too will learn to love Big Brother.

There is no right-of-center voice that would be acceptable. The goal is to move the Overton window to the left until the middle is “right” and the right is “lunatic fringe”.

    myiq2xu in reply to myiq2xu. | August 16, 2013 at 12:52 am

    FYI: More than once I have seen Prof. Jacobson described as a “radical right-winger”.

      n.n in reply to myiq2xu. | August 16, 2013 at 2:39 am

      He’s more conservative than libertarian, and he is not running interference for the Left. He does not make a good impression as a right-winger and certainly not as a radical. He is moderate (i.e. reasonable), but grounded (i.e. principled). From my perspective, those are good and necessary qualities for individuals living in a civilized society.

      Juba Doobai! in reply to myiq2xu. | August 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      I always thought he was a nice sensible kinda guy.

What a loser.

See, it’s not that Pexton doesn’t like her conservative views, whatever those might be. It’s that she says silly right-wing things! She doesn’t have the depth and readability of, say, Ezra Klein or Greg Sargent or the rest of the WaPo staffers who Pexton happens to agree with politically.

Incidentally, Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon reports:

The former Washington Post ombudsman who called on the paper to fire conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin on Thursday wrote an obsequious apology to Rubin after making similar comments in 2011…

Pexton had previously suggested that the Post had grounds to fire Rubin in an “off the record” email response to one of Rubin’s critics in November 2011, which was later published by ThinkProgress.

Pexton emailed an effusive apology to Rubin shortly after his 2011 comments went public, calling his remarks “glib,” “uninformed,” and “amateurish.”

“I wanted to apologize for my glib, off-the-record remark to this reader who was exchanging e-mails with me about your retweet,” wrote Pexton, according to a copy of the Nov. 11, 2011, email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. “I was in the middle of several e-mail conversations at once and I reacted quickly, without thinking, and with uninformed speculation. It was a stupid and amateurish move, and I’m sorry for it.”

Clearly, now Pexton is sorry that he said he was sorry.
—Jim Treacher

Yep. Oh, and Chuck Hagel IS an anti-Semite…

and an idiot. That Paxton thinks otherwise tells me all I need know about him.

So, again, yes as to getting rid of Rubin, who pooed teh scruch with me a few months ago in attacking TEA Party types.

But the WaPo culture is toxic to any conservative…even conservative-ish…writers.

And, when you see terms like “thinking conservatives” from Beltway types, you know you are in enemy country where the bubble, she is thick.

Sounds like something a liberal would do. Blame someone else for what they do. No wonder they think they know a subject. It’s themselves.

Henry Hawkins | August 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

Rubin not a ‘real’ conservative? Why, she’s every bit as conservative as other staff conservatives, like David Brooks, Joe Scarborough, Ross Douthat, and David Frum.

I stopped reading Rubin when she began her relentless drumbeat in favor of “comprehensive” immigration “reform.” But Pexton wants her fired, not because she isn’t a good columnist, but simply because he doesn’t like her opinions. A news and opinion site which runs only one sort of opinion ought to drop the “news” moniker. If the WaPo wants to be Newsweek, have at it, but stop pretending to be a newspaper.

Henry Hawkins | August 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Before Christmas, the Washington Post pages will be 90% ads.

Isn’t this the very same periodical that crowdsourced the creepy and unsuccessful Sarah Palin email fishing expedition? WaPo “standards”