Dan Froomkin Fired From Wa Po.com
In a move sure to please Republicans and to set the left blogosphere in flames, Dan Froomkin, the popular columnist who blogged about the White House, was just a couple of hours ago shitcanned from the WaPo's online edition. For years, Froomkin's blog, White House Watch, was consistently one of the most popular features of the paper's online persona yet that wasn't good enough.
He'd been publicly criticized by ombudsman Deb Howell back in 2005 who suggested (and ultimately got her way) that "White House Briefing", the original title of Froomkin's blog, be removed. Charles Krauthammer, a man who has been wrong in his own empire-loving column more times than a stopped clock, called him "stupid." For quite a while now, Froomkin's own newspaper had accused him of being too "liberal".
This is a pretty sinister development coming out of a newspaper that still employs GOP shills like Howell and Krauthammer but the fact that Froomkin's blog was one of the most popular of all their online bylines plus the public criticism of one of their own makes this all the more sinister.
E. J. Dionne, watch your back. The Devil roams...