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May 21, 2009

Their Cozy Little Village

I don't think there's anything wrong with the Washington Post publishing op-eds by Bob Graham. But it does seem like they might mention that he's a member of the family that owns the Post, and the great-uncle of the current publisher.

I guess they figure everyone who deserves to know already does, so why bother? It would just make the peasants upset and confused, and set a bad precedent.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at May 21, 2009 08:54 AM

Yikes! You're really going to start talking about how sausage is made!

OK, here's a nice start, a book about the Post that the Post didn't like AT ALL: Katherine the Great, by Deborah Davis, published in 1979. Even though Katherine Graham and the Post apparently persuaded the publisher to pulp 20,000 copies, you can still get your own copy on Amazon. hey, there's gotta be some reason you're not supposed to read it!

i think that great anti-imperialist wit and also pretty good writer Mark Twain once said something like "if you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed; if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed." something like that.

of course, Mr. Clemens didn't know the Grahms or the Meyers

Posted by: Not Exactly at May 21, 2009 10:01 AM

What's actually funny about this (as opposed to the tragedy of Fred Hiatt's running the WaPo editorial page) is that Bob Graham was mocked by DC insiders for taking and keeping copious contemporaneous notes of his daily activities. Imagine newspapermen deriding the son of a newspaperman for keeping accurate notes! So much so that I, for one, was left with the definite impression that they thought his note-taking was proof of his unsuitability to be president! I guess a permanent lack of plausible deniability melted their little brains as they angled for an empty seat on a Sunday morning talk show.

Posted by: drip at May 21, 2009 01:35 PM

I actually didn't know that, or had forgotten, so thanks.

I thought Graham's op-ed was decent by Village standards, although it'd be refreshing to read an outright bromide against unnecessary and immoral "covert actions"...

Posted by: Batocchio at May 21, 2009 04:58 PM

Meanwhile, Cousin Jon won't let me write nuthin' here at ATR, even tho' I know basic html and I never tell folks what we did with the family "t". What a crazy world.

Posted by: Jethro Schwarz at May 23, 2009 10:49 AM