Monday, January 26, 2009

The New State-Run News Media

From MRC, the Washington Post featured a special classified ads section in which readers could author a message to the incoming President. One caveat:

"All ads must be congratulatory in nature. The Washington Post reserves the right to reject any notice."

For those of us paying attention for at least the past decade or so, this isn't surprising. But consider the Orwellian notion of an ostensibly bias-free press organ requiring its readers' messages to a politician to be positive or be rejected. One can understand why, on the occasion of his inauguration, the Post would not want to be in the business of selling off space for rants against the man but then the question becomes...why do it at all?

At this point, feel free to humor yourself by imagining the Post offering paid congratulatory messages to an incoming Republican.

1 comment:

Max Power said...

It's shameful, and completely in contrast to this blog's policy stating that "all comments must be in agreement with the post."