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Posts Tagged ‘Fred Hiatt’

Issuses with Zakaria’s WaPo Columns ‘Problematic’


The Washington Post is likely to add editor’s notes to five columns by Fareed Zakaria following a report by plagiarism watchdog Our Bad Media. The report encourages The Post to correct six columns in which Zakaria used material from other sources without “proper attribution.”

Last week, Our Bad Media reported seven additional columns of Zakaria’s that required correction, which Newsweek eventually modified.

The Post’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt told POLITICO in an email on Monday, ”Five of the six cases cited in the latest anonymous posting strike me as problematic in their absence of full attribution. This is unfair to readers and to the original sources. We will take a fuller look over the next day or two, but we probably will attach messages to the archived editions of the five original columns.”

“All these examples predate August 2012, when Fareed acknowledged similar problems in a column for Time magazine,” Hiatt continued. “At that time he said that he was overextended and that he would simplify his schedule to put more priority on his column and to make sure no such problems recurred.”


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The Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos to Replace Publisher Katharine Weymouth


Katharine Weymouth

In a 9am email to staff this morning, The Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced her imminent departure as the paper’s publisher after 7 years. Beginning October 1, Fred Ryan, formerly with Allbritton Communications and POLITICO, will be publisher and CEO.

According to The Washington Post, its owner Jeff Bezos told Weymouth on August 18th that he had selected a new publisher.

In an interview with the outlet he’ll now lead, Ryan said that he does not have plans to replace executive editor Martin Baron or editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

The Washington Post was bought by Weymouth’s great grandfather in 1933 and sold to Bezos in August 2013. In her email, Weymouth said that she will offer Ryan and the Post support as an advisor through the end of 2014.

Weymouth’s note to staff after the jump.

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Maddow to Pen Column for WaPo

In something of a backwards move in this day and age, a TV personality is taking on a print gig. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC fame will be writing a monthly column for The Washington Post, according to a memo from Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt:

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” will be joining The Washington Post’s Opinion section as a monthly columnist. We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues that have made her show an Emmy Award winner.

We can only guess what the big egg-head will write about (everything), but we know she’ll probably be right. She usually is. We just hope she manages to master the delicate art of tone. A newspaper column is a dangerous place for an opinionated loud mouth -just ask Richard Cohen. Plus MSNBC’s legion of mini-Maddows (Hayes, Bashir, Baldwin, Matthews) have all been getting themselves into various degrees of trouble lately. Let’s see if Rachel can make a splash in the Old Media world without making trouble for herself or her network.

Radley Balko to Pen WaPo Op-Ed Column

Radley Balko, a well-regarded criminal justice reporter and author, will write an opinion column for The Washington Post, according to an announcement from Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor, and James Downie, Digital Opinions Editor. The column will focus on criminal justice, the drug war, and civil liberties. Balko comes to WaPo from The Huffington Post, and has previously worked as a senior editor at Reason magazine, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute and an opinion columnist for He has also written a book and was named 2011 Journalist of Year by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Balko starts work at WaPo in January. Join us in congratulating him on his new job!

Read the full announcement after the jump.

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Have You Hung Up on This Man Lately?

As  you read this, freelance investigative conservative  journalist Evan Gahr is likely dialing up another unsuspecting media reporter or editor to pose one important question:

Why aren’t you writing about my story?

Forget email. Gahr’s a phone guy and his phone number hunting skills are pathologically effective — he’s dug up WaPo‘s Don Graham‘s home number, Kevin Merida‘s home and work numbers, Jonathan Capehart, Eugene Robinson, Erik Wemple, Politico‘s Hadas Gold and more. He says Politico’s Dylan Byers now recognizes his number and won’t pick up. WaPo‘s Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt has not returned his emails (but only because he couldn’t find his phone number). So far, many journos have allegedly hung up on him – count Merida, Wemple, The Daily Caller‘s Jordan Bloom and TWT‘s Jennifer Harper among them.

The story he’s referring to is a lawsuit filed against WaPo by a black sales employee who is charging race and age discrimination. He wrote about it last Wednesday for The Daily Caller.

A conversation with Gahr goes something like this. Read more

WaPo Adds Rosen as an ‘Insider’

As we all know by now, Democratic Analyst Hilary Rosen usually has a few things on her mind and she’s not one to hold back. Anyone recall her interaction with Ann Romney? Sure, she apologized. But not without first going viral.

Anyhow, Rosen joins WaPo‘s opinion pages. She’ll write daily political commentary as one of  “The Insiders”, sparring alongside Republican strategist Ed Rogers. The Insiders are a group of writers that include Jonathan Capehart, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson and more.

As Rosen writes in her first blog post, “There isn’t much that this Jewish, lesbian, liberal woman has in common with [Ed] politically, but I sure do respect the dues he has paid and the knowledge he’s gained on his journey to success.  And I am proud to be alongside him as an ‘Insider.’” Warns Rogers, “I expect Hilary to whack me when she thinks I deserve it. I won’t hold back myself.”

Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt gives her the nod: “Hilary will be a lively addition to our diverse voices. Like Ed, she is an experienced insider with strong views and an original, independent mind.”

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WaPo’s Wemple Goes Rogue

WaPo‘s executive editor Marcus Brauchli sent out a memo yesterday saying that the publication would be offering voluntary buyouts to “some newsroom employees.” You might wonder if one of those employees might be media blogger Erik Wemple after a post he wrote about it.

Wemple, whose loose cannon tactics on this matter are being applauded within the newsroom, wrote that portions of Brauchli’s memo send a “destructive message.” In particular, the part that said the objective of the buyouts was to have “limited staff reduction that won’t affect the quality” of WaPo. Wemple interpreted that to mean that some employees are “dead weight” to upper management.

In an email to FishbowlDC, Wemple told us that Brauchli didn’t seem “bothered at all” by the language he used in his post. He said they had a “cordial” exchange and that Brauchli “reacted to what I wrote just the way you’d want an executive editor to react.” It’s worth noting that Wemple doesn’t report to Brauchli, but to Fred Hiatt in editorial.

Last May after Wemple joined WaPo as a media reporter, he said he wasn’t interested in writing about the publication anymore…

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Deadspin Takes on Dan Snyder

Deadspin‘s Tommy Craggs weighed in today on the Dan Snyder-WCP lawsuit, just re-filed by the Redskins owner. He specifically responds to Snyder’s editorial on WaPo‘s op-ed page, which Craggs calls “Fred Hiatt‘s bullshit emporium.” Hiatt is WaPo‘s editorial page editor. The editorial, Craggs writes, is “probably the most ridiculous assertion on that op-ed page sincee whatever George Will wrote last week.”

Craggs thinks that Snyder is a “prick” and that his explanation of the lawsuit is mainly bogus, but points out one area where he may have a case. WCP‘s Dave McKenna accused Snyder of forgery, but employees of Snyder’s company were the ones who actually carried out the forgery. But even that argument is probably a stretch.

Check out Craggs’ profanity-laced rant after the jump.

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WaPo Adds Conservative Blog, Hires Rubin

Jennifer Rubin, contributing editor and chief blogger for Commentary Magazine is joining WaPo.  Beginning next month Rubin will write a new blog focused on “news coverage and commentary, with an exacting eye on conservative policy-making and Republican campaigns, pundits and politicians.   From a conservative perspective, she also will cover a wide range of foreign and domestic issues and media controversies.”

In a memo obtained by FishbowlDC, WaPo’s Fred Hiatt said, “[Rubin's] provocative writing has become ‘must read’ material for news and policy makers and avid political watchers.”

In addition to Commentary, Rubin’s work has appeared in the Weekly Standard, Politico, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and the Jerusalem Post. She was a labor and employment lawyer in Los Angeles for 20 years before starting her career in journalism.

Anup Kaphle and Sarah Lovenheim to WaPo Opinions

WaPo‘s Opinions team welcomed two new additions today. Anup Kaphle and Sarah Lovenheim have both taken positions as editor-producers. Anup was previously a digital media fellow with Atlantic Media while Sarah is moving to Opinions after three years in’s Politics group.

Memo announcing the changes after the jump.

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