“Inside the messy collapse of a great newspaper.” That’s the sub-headline of TNR‘s fiery article about the Post “apocalypse” that FishbowlDC previewed this evening.
From Susan Glasser‘s rise and fall as editor of the the national desk, the birth of Politico and Katharine Weymouth‘s “salon” fiasco to the hire of Marcus Brauchli and the “mad bitch” beer scandal, the five-page piece by Gabriel Sherman tracks the events leading up to what he describes as a major “identity crisis.”
Sherman says, “the Post seems to be paralyzed – and trapped. It can’t go completely local because the local news in Washington is, in many respects, national; and its status as the paper of record for national politics is under assault from numerous competitors – competitors it isn’t clear the Post can defeat.”
While the piece draws no clear conclusions, the painful recap of the paper’s hardships is sure to get some attention.