Dan Froomkin fired by Wash. Post, hired by Huff Post

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Dan Froomkin fired by Wash. Post, hired by Huff Post

Another story with a component of shifting from paper to web.

Salon's excellent reporter/commentator, Glenn Greenwald, has a story on the Washington Post's dumping one of the last credible voices on that still declining rag:


Tuesday July 7, 2009 07:08 EDT
Dan Froomkin hired by The Huffington Post

In yet another sign of how online media outlets are strengthening as their older establishment predecessors are struggling to survive, The Huffington Post has hired Dan Froomkin to be its Washington Bureau Chief and regular columnist/blogger.  Froomkin will oversee a staff of four five reporters and an Assistant Editor....

Under still-unclear circumstances, which executives refuse to discuss even with their own Ombudsman, Froomkin was fired by The Washington Post a little more than two weeks ago after writing an online column for almost six years that was one of that newspaper's most popular....

Though the precise reasons for Froomkin's firing by The Post remain unclear, there's no question that his penchant for aggressively criticizing establishment media behavior escalated tensions.  In recent months, The Post spiked columns of his that contained pointed media critiques.  In the wake of his firing, Post defenders misleadingly focused on (and then rebutted) the obvious strawman argument that Froomkin was fired for being "liberal."  But that, in fact, was something virtually nobody claimed.  Instead, it was Froomkin's practice of exposing the corrupt practices of establishment journalists (both by his words and deeds) that made him such a unique presence at The Post.  Pioneering press critic Bob Somerby put it this way:

    "Dan Froomkin criticizes the press corps. In the press corps, if you’re a liberal, that just isn’t done. . . . If there’s one thing you’ll never see [E.J.] Dionne or [Eugene] Robinson do, it’s criticize their cohort—the coven, the clan. . .  But in the mainstream press corps, liberals don’t discuss the mainstream press.  That’s the price of getting those (very good) jobs. It’s also the price of holding them."

full story here: