Isn't this interesting. The Washington Post ombudsman is now saying she'll have nothing to do with the Post's Republican blogger scandal because it's not her jurisdiction. You see, the Post's Web site is under totally different management, according to Post ombudsman Deborah Howell - you need to write the Web site management, not the Post ombudsman, to complain about the Web site.
Which is quite funny, considering the fact that the same ombudsman recently wrote an article critical of Post writer Dan Froomkin who writes exclusively on the .com, and considering that the Post's Republican blogger was apparently hired to address the "liberal bias" concerns that the ombusdman raised in that very column about .com writer Froomkin.
So in what possible world is this issue not in the jurisdiction of the Post's ombudsman when she started the entire thing in the first place in her own column?
Oh, that's the right. We're dealing with the Washington Post's ombudsman, not a real ombdusman. Is it any surprise that the woman who only has problems with liberal bloggers and "liberal" journalists suddenly isn't interested when the subject turns to the Washington Post's conservative bias? The unmitigated gall to suggest that this doesn't fall under her jurisdiction when she started the whole thing.
Here's the email the Post ombsudman is now sending out to everyone who inquires about the blogger scandal:
From: Deborah C Howell HowellDC@washpost.comWow, they're two totally different companies, yet Deborah Howell had no problem writing a column attacking supposed "liberal" Dan Froomkin who works for the "other company" that Howell claims she now has no jurisdiction over. Amazing how tunes change when the topic turns to conservative bias at the Post.
Date: March 23, 2006 9:44:05 PM EST
Subject: Re: Domenech
The Washington Post has not hired him. The website has. The two are under totally different management. He will not be working for the newspaper. If you want to complain to the right person, try email@example.com.