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Why We Need Media Critics Who Are Fiercely Independent

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.13.2014 | Media
Norman Solomon

The most renowned media critics are usually superficial and craven. That's because -- as one of the greatest in the 20th century, George Seldes, put it -- 'the most sacred cow of the press is the press itself.'

Two Cheers for the News Ombudsman

Edward Wasserman | Posted 06.09.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The reason ombudsmen matter isn't the direct way their reporting may serve the public, although some do. It's in the way their existence signals an acknowledgement that accountability is right there, at the core of news culture.

The Washington Post Should Hold Jennifer Rubin Accountable

Raed Jarrar | Posted 05.11.2013 | Media
Raed Jarrar

The Washington Post is a highly respected newspaper with a wide readership, and should distance itself from base attempts to smear an entire community using misinformation and sensationalism. It should set an example and hold Jennifer Rubin accountable.

Signing Off As Post Ombudsman | Posted 05.03.2013 | Media

My two-year term as The Post's independent ombudsman has run out. It has been both a privilege to serve Post readers as a pipeline to the staff and an...

The Washington Post Takes a Step Backward

Philip Seib | Posted 05.03.2013 | Media
Philip Seib

The public is being poorly served by the Post's decision. The ombudsman's job is important because it implicitly signals that a major news organization recognizes its power and wants to construct an internal check on the exercise of that power.

Washington Post Cuts Important Job | Posted 03.01.2013 | Media

The world has changed, and we at The Post must change with it. We have been privileged to have had the service of many talented ombudsmen (and women) ...

The Significance of John Boehner's Tears

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

Over the past week, people have been debating John Boehner's emotions, not his motions. The expected next Speaker of the House has become known for his crying.

Washington Post Ombudsman: Anonymous Sources 'Remain A Problem' For Newspaper

Washington Post | Andrew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Post's internal policies set a high threshold for granting anonymity. It "should not be done casually or automatically." Further, "merely asking s...

Washington Post Will Survive: Ombudsman

Washington Post | Andrew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The newspaper isn't about to vanish. And despite eroding circulation, combined print and online readership of The Post has never been higher....

Washington Post Ombudsman: Salons "Ethical Lapse Of Monumental Proportions"

Washington Post | Andrew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Washington Post's ill-fated plan to sell sponsorships of off-the-record "salons" was an ethical lapse of monumental proportions....