Taking Down the Washington Post, One Marshmallow Editor at a Time
Making a diorama was going to be cathartic. With a desk job and a blog on the side, the amount of time I spend in front of a computer screen is extreme—I’ll be lucky if my eyes hold out till I’m fifty -- so the prospect of spending a couple of weekends with acrylic paint and tacky glue sounded like a healthy outlet for my OCD.
For the past three years, the Washington Post has held a diorama contest made of Peeps, those hilariously inedible neon-colored marshmallow Easter candies with a post-apocalyptic shelf life. The top 30-odd semifinalists get their dioramas published on the Post’s popular website, and this year I was going to get into the game.
The inspiration was the contest host itself. The Washington Post is my hometown newspaper, and I’ve watched its editorial page take a dramatic neoconservative turn in recent years. Whether it be the Iraq War, torture policy, or intervention in Latin America, the once proudly progressive paper of Woodward and Bernstein has developed a foreign policy posture that would rattle Kissinger. It got so bad that two years ago one of the lonely progressives left on the board actually quit in protest.
So! What a great opportunity to have a little fun and have a little fun, right? I decided my diorama would feature the Post’s editorial board itself, and poke fun at its increasingly deranged foreign policy positions.