"Twitched a bit?" "Editorializing?" I guess, perhaps, I was unaware just how senstive some folks can be to adjectives, which I personally find very, very descriptive.
The Washington Post is, in fact, one of the best U.S. newspapers. So is the New York Times. Whether this in spite of or because of their palpable liberal bias depends on who you ask.
However, the fact remains that the paper is tired--that is, it's circulation has declined and it no longer demonstrates the vitality it once had as a new gatherer or a shaper of public opinion. Blame this on the state of print media in general if you will--your point about the conglomerates and their bottom line is not only well-taken, but one with which I would heartily agree.
Similarly, the paper has a liberal bias. An unashamed one, I might add. Some might take umbrage at such a description, perhaps feeling that to be described as "liberal" is insulting or, at the very least, a word one ought not to use in polite company. Be that as it may, the truth ought not to page homage to bottom lines or over-sensitive readers.
That being said, I don't think it was a "gratutious" use of liberal "as an insult." Though, let the record note I find it damn amusing that liberals are insulted a by a word that describes their world view accurately. Is there a word that means "liberal" but which does not give offense to liberals?
I will also note that insulting liberals, while it's never gone out of style, is a LOT less popular than bashing conservatives. Conservative-bashing is Hollywood fashionable, Washington Post and New York Times approved!
Now, as for your well-meaning (ever notice how liberals are "well meaning" but conservatives are just "mean"--I never figured out why that is) warning that the conservative agenda is hostile to privacy "rights" and free speech: To be blunt--I think you must misunderstand the meaning of either the agenda itself, privacy rights or free speech. The liberty of the individual is at the heart of the conservative agenda--unlike that of the liberal agenda.
But that's a subject for another thread...
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