Monday, August 01, 2022

We're Not Partisan...


Sally Buzbee is the new executive editor of the Washington Post. 

Ms. Buzbee, who previously ran things at the Associated Press, recently instituted a 'Democracy' desk at the WaPo, which is being run by former National correspondent Griffe Witte.

So far so good.

Except, as noted by Charlotte Klein writing in Vanity Fair:
...(I)n my discussions about the (Post's) Democracy team with Buzbee and Witte, both deflected when asked whether threats to democracy are coming more from Republicans than Democrats. “I mean, if it’s Republicans who are doing it, if it’s Democrats who are doing it, it’s our job to call that out,” Buzbee said. “We are not partisan,” Buzbee added. “We are trying to report what is accurately happening in the country. The reality of the situation is that the election system is very decentralized and there’s a lot of people who impact it,” she said...
Sure thing.

Except when does 'not partisan' become schlerotic or, more to the point, downright dangerous to actual democracy?

Personally, I can't help but conclude that that time has already come at Ms. Buzbee's Washington Post.

After all, saying that the American election system has a 'lot of people who impact it' as a way to deflect from/ignore the overwhelming evidence that it is currently the Republican party (and only the Republican party) that is acting to subvert US'ian democracy at every level of government is pure, unadulterated ostrichology writ large.

In 144 point bold type.


...Former WaPo editor Ben Bradlee (image at top, center) speaking to his Woodsteins about the anti-democratic actions of  one particular party's president (allegedly).