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New WaPo Ombudsman Takes a Sunny Stance

WaPo‘s new ombudsman Patrick Pexton has only written one column, but so far, at least in comparison to his predecessor Andy Alexander, he’s emanating optimism.

As Alexander was largely sharp in his criticism of The Post, Pexton’s first article is glowing in its praise of the paper’s Egypt coverage. He starts with the story of WaPo photographer Linda Davidson, who was detained and interrogated in Egypt while attempting to take pictures of a Cairo morgue.

Pexton writes: “The Post‘s coverage of the turmoil in the Middle East has been exemplary because people like Davidson are risking their lives to bring readers the images and words of revolution.”

To his credit, he acknowledges the positive nature of his first column: “I’m sure some readers will worry that my first column as the Post‘s ombudsman is positive. But I think good work should be praised. Emulation of the good improves a publication as much as avoidance of the bad, about which I’ll have plenty of occasion to write.”

A note: WaPo‘s Ombudsman Blog still very much belongs to Alexander. The masthead features his picture despite his leaving the position last month and the tagline of the blog still says “Andrew Alexander gives voice to reader concerns about The Post.” The blog hasn’t been updated since January. Get on it, WaPo.

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WaPo’s New Feature Has Newsroom in Uproar

Twin turbo (the engine, of course)

WaPo‘s editorial staff is anguished and angry over a new feature called “Post Now Video Cast” that the publication is touting. In it, Anqoinette Crosby anchors a newscast.

“Almost everyone thinks it sucks. It’s an absolute embarrassment. My God, have you seen her twin turbos? The dancing bears are rolling in their graves,” an inside source told FishbowlDC. Sources say the premier episode is a source of “teeth gnashing” in the newsroom and referred to the newscaster as “the chick with the boobs.”

Other complaints: 1) The set is not even WaPo‘s newsroom. 2) The video screen is weirdly placed – a source suggested that Crosby’s arm (and perhaps her ample chest) block it. 3) The pacing is odd.

Each day, Crosby (a.k.a. “AQ”) will report on a variety of news multiple times a day. Yesterday was the ice (hailed widely as a “piece of crap”). Today it’s the Chinese prez visiting the White House and AQ breaking it down. Though not as dominant as Day 1, the “girls” are on display and AQ is sporting tall, leather black boots.

Crosby’s experience? She hosted that infamous “Dancing Bears” video which got categorically slammed by WaPo‘s own Ombudman Andy Alexander. She’s a car enthusiast. She worked as a consumer reporter for MotorWeek and her website says she has “enjoyed some of the greatest adventures driving some of the fastest, hottest cars on the planet.” Her website calls her an “international, award-winning journalist.”

If inside reviews are scathing, outside remarks are damning. WCP “Loose Lips” Columnist Alan Suderman writes, “WaPo, I love you, but you’re killing me with this garbage. Like a car wreck, I can’t not look.” And WCP‘s Real Estate reporter Lydia DePillis adds, “This actually makes me want to cry.”

Alexander Makes Debut as WaPo Ombudsman

Andy Alexander made his debut as ombudsman in today’s WaPo. Alexander was previously the Cox bureau chief and replaces Deborah Howell.

In his first piece, Alexander promises to read every email, listen to every call and be a “translator” for readers, explaining news-gathering to the public and conveying readers’ concerns to the newsroom. “If I do my job well, readers will be empowered, and The Post will be more accountable, trusted and essential.”

After the jump, Alexander’s memo to WaPo staff, circulated the end of last week.

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