Skip to comments.Volokh Conspiracy Partners with Washington Post
Posted on 01/25/2014 7:27:44 PM PST by marktwain
The well known and brilliant law professor, Eugene Volokh has partnered with the Washington Post to place the Volokh Conspiracy, a well argued and written blog that I have often cited, under the Washington Post website.
Professor Volokh lists his reasons as one would expect:
And theres a wide middle zone of people, on this subject and on others, who are open to hearing arguments and facts and who might be swayed by them. (I was one myself, before I started researching gun issues seriously in the mid-1990s.) But to reach those people, you have to be in the publications they read, with the credentials they respect, both our preexisting academic credentials and the credential of affiliation with the Washington Post.I certainly wish Professor Volokh good luck with his latest venture. From wikipedia:
Volokh is noted for his scholarship on the First and Second Amendments to the United States Constitution, as well as on copyright law. His article, "The Commonplace Second Amendment" was cited by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's majority opinion in the landmark Second Amendment case of District of Columbia v. Heller.[8Perhaps he will be able to open some minds at the Washington Post.
Only a matter of time before he finds himself being chided and advised to lighten up and move to the middle by his new masters
The question is: who is the master? The Washington Post probably needs Professor Volokh more than Professor Volokh needs the Washington Post.
I’m gonna guess that Volokh doesn’t change his opinions at their beck and call. I think this is more about Bezos making the post a readable paper instead of a onesided mouthpiece.
I don’t see Professor Volokh as being susceptible to their pressure. He’s a law professor with a career and a very successful blog with it’s own audience.
It’s WaPo that is susceptible to change because they are dying on the vine. If this brings in more paying customers, they are going to be looking for more of the same.
There are no minds at the Washington Post blogs, well very few in any case. What’s there is plenty of liberals cheering on the Imperial Presidency and Chuck Schumer siccing the IRS on his political opponents. Of course there were lots of those on Volokh.com as well.
The problem is a theoretically libertarian blog being stuck behind a liberal pay site. Doesn’t make much sense to me but it’s Volokh’s site.
Thanks. It’s an excellent blog.