First, because Kay Graham and Ben Bradlee are gone.
Second, because they are losing money, readers and advertisers.
Third, because they used to be a White House watchdog paper, and now…
They have fired Dan Froomkin, one of the more popular bloggers (his last column here).
According to Paul Krugman “a puzzling decision.”
Andrew Sullivan explains:
A simply astounding move by the paper – getting rid of the one blogger, Dan Froomkin, who kept it real and kept it interesting. Dan’s work on torture may be one reason he is now gone. The way in which the WaPo has been coopted by the neocon right, especially in its editorial pages, is getting more and more disturbing. This purge will prompt a real revolt in the blogosphere. And it should.
Dan is also deputy editor of NiemanWatchdog.org, a Web site from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, edited by INNOVATION’s Barry Sussman, the former Washington Post Watergate special editor.
Barry’s comment is here.