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When will the <i>Post</i> hire a 'liberal' blogger for balance?

If Ben Domenech is the conservative blogger, who's the liberal?
This Ben Domenech Post story captures essence of the "liberal mainstream media" BS perfectly: Large traditional news gathering institution finds that one of its journalists -- Dan Froomkin -- has a tendency to question the Bush administration's accounts of things, and repeatedly shreds them, or as Froomkin put it, he's about "accountability and transparency": "I believe that the president of the United States, no matter what his party, should be subject to the most intense journalistic scrutiny imaginable.”

Because that scrutiny is in opposition to a Republican executive, the assumption is Froomkin is a "liberal." The knee-jerk reaction by the newsroom is to hire a conservative for balance. Problem is, this conservative isn't a journalist, just a party operative -- Froomkin has, by way of contrast, 18 years in print journalism at four large papers. So then you have a facts parser "balanced" by a political hack. It's the same phenomenon we see and know so well on the TV talk shows.

But what hasn't been explained explicitly is who The Washington Post hired Brian Domenech for balance. If they say it's Froomkin, then they are in the can. The push I think that gets at the heart of this stupid mindset is simply to ask the Post which liberal blogger they intend to hire.

Already, Media Matters has discovered that Brian Domenech has called Coretta Scott King a communist in the past. If Froomkin doesn't call Bush a corporate whore, who will? All in the name of balance, of course.
Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.
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