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Retiring WashPost Editor Throws a Fit About How Conservatives Ruined Washington
Newsbusters.org ^ | March 2, 2014 | Tim Graham

Posted on 03/02/2014 7:03:06 PM PST by Kaslin

Former Washington Post managing editor Robert Kaiser is retiring at age 70, and he’s very cranky about how conservatives have destroyed government and Washington collegiality. This tells you a lot about what kind of liberal edits and massages the Post every day.

Kaiser is moving to New York, and on the front of the Sunday Outlook he described how “Republicans lost their minds” and “Democrats lost their souls.” In essence, both sides are now too conservative for Bob, starting with a debt-limit vote:

On Oct. 16, 162 members of Congress, 144 in the House and 18 in the Senate, voted “no,” votes meant explicitly to drive their government into bankruptcy, when there was a real chance that their view might prevail. Here was an entirely new style of public service, and it turned my stomach.

Those 162 votes reflected the deep hostility felt by the newest version of Republican lawmakers toward the government of their country. It is a cynical and often uninformed hostility, befitting the age we live in. And it has many adherents in a country with an elaborate regulatory and welfare state that many like to pretend we don’t really have, don’t really need and don’t really like — three blatant falsehoods.

Lies and intellectual inventions are now typical of our public life, which made Washington difficult for me. Of course, a politician lying is hardly a shock, but there is a difference between telling untruths (see Nixon, Richard M.) and making stuff up. I liked Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s dictum: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

To Kaiser, a gargantuan federal government is so positive that public love for it is a “fact.” Few conservatives deny we have an “elaborate regulatory and welfare state,” so who is inventing reality in this assessment? Notice that Kaiser was managing editor mostly in the Clinton years, and yet he still defies lying as Nixonian, not Clintonian.

The Clintons were not blamed for lying, corruption, and taking a rhetorical blowtorch to their enemies. The Clintons didn’t show a disregard for facts, as in “We’ll lie relentlessly until the Monica dress DNA sample comes in.” No, collegiality was destroyed unilaterally by GOP leaders like Newt Gingrich:


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1 posted on 03/02/2014 7:03:06 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Both Republicans and Democrats are too conservative for this guy? How far to the left of Stalin is he?


2 posted on 03/02/2014 7:04:44 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Kaslin

Couldn’t happen to a nicer city.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 7:05:18 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Kaslin

Go Newt!


4 posted on 03/02/2014 7:05:24 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Kaslin

destroyer


5 posted on 03/02/2014 7:07:48 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Kaslin
The base consists principally of white evangelical Christians...Their America would not have elected a black president.

I bet many of them voted for Alan Keyes right along with me, Mr. Kaiser.
6 posted on 03/02/2014 7:08:57 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Kaslin

This pinhead needs to live in Hays, Kansas for a few years to discover the real America.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 7:11:11 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: All
BTW, read Newt's reading list. I just finished "Troublesome Young Men" about the young politicians that fought the British/Chamberlain establishment to get Winnie elected.

They saved Western Civilization in doing so.

If we don't take the necessary steps here in the US, we will watch as Western Civilization dies here on our shores.

8 posted on 03/02/2014 7:11:48 PM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Olog-hai
How far to the left of Stalin is he?

Well he did admit to being a foreign correspondent in Moscow, comrade.
9 posted on 03/02/2014 7:12:09 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Kaslin

Hey Bob!

Aren’t you taking this “Kaiser” thing a bit far?


10 posted on 03/02/2014 7:12:54 PM PST by G Larry (Did You Like That Better?)
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To: Kaslin
Having read what Mr. Kaiser had to say, it is quite clear where his allegiance lies.

He is four-square for liberalism, big government and the Democrat party.

America and Americans don't figure in his value system. Nor does, quite obviously, objective reporting.

11 posted on 03/02/2014 7:13:07 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’ve long said that all media types should be required to live in some little flyover town somewhere for a while to get a different perspective.


12 posted on 03/02/2014 7:13:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

Okay, that did make me laugh.

Perhaps he thinks the world went to hell when that “revisionist” Khrushchev came to power. /s


13 posted on 03/02/2014 7:15:46 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Kaslin

This explains much about the Washington Post. This b@stard cannot believe how angry freedom loving folks are at our government. Further he lies on the the face of his statements, for instance if the debt ceiling had never been raised the government would not have gone bankrupt...unless the Obama administration would not pay the bills. So the man is either ignorant or a liar. In either case he shouldn’t be an editor for a major news paper.


14 posted on 03/02/2014 7:16:36 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Kaslin
...an elaborate regulatory and welfare state that many like to pretend we don’t really have, don’t really need and don’t really like...

That's the problem in a nutshell. It isn't a pretense. We have the monster eating us alive, yes, but we do not need it and we most sincerely do not like it. Kaiser does, however - it has given him a luxurious lifestyle and a generous share of power. For him, what's not to like?

This man is what has happened to our country. In a better age he'd be looking forward to a tumbrel ride to a waiting guillotine.

15 posted on 03/02/2014 7:18:25 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: andyk

Maybe more would have if he’d kept his pants zipped.


16 posted on 03/02/2014 7:19:03 PM PST by Lisbon1940
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To: Kaslin

Old Bob’s Dad was a lifelong Democrat appointee.


17 posted on 03/02/2014 7:19:15 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: andyk

Me too. One of the top two percent in the nation that had the honor to vote for Dr. Keys.


18 posted on 03/02/2014 7:20:31 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Kaslin
Take another look at his photo at top.

Aging metrosexual pansyman.

Leni

19 posted on 03/02/2014 7:21:01 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Kaslin

He ain’t seen nothing yet, the ole kermudgen.


20 posted on 03/02/2014 7:22:26 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Kaslin

I wasn’t aware you could “ruin” D.C.


21 posted on 03/02/2014 7:23:28 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: MinuteGal
Yeah; that image does make this thread worthless with pics.
22 posted on 03/02/2014 7:23:48 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Kaslin

heh, I WISH conservatives could take credit for it


23 posted on 03/02/2014 7:28:07 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Kaiser - the same guy who’s been running the Post in the red for years now? I guess Stalin red is his favorite color.../s


24 posted on 03/02/2014 7:32:22 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Kaslin

So corruption had nothing to do with destroying DC ?


25 posted on 03/02/2014 7:39:52 PM PST by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: Kaslin

Stupid old b#stard has been living in the wrong country for all these years; Cuba being just 90 miles from FL, ya know.


26 posted on 03/02/2014 7:46:54 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Kaslin


27 posted on 03/02/2014 7:47:18 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Nuc 1.1

Both parties, i.e., the political elites, have become disconnected from the American people. They are the real 1 percenters who despise the average person. Their arrogance is only exceeded by their ignorance. They are leading us off a cliff. We get the government we deserve.


28 posted on 03/02/2014 7:54:18 PM PST by kabar
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To: Kaslin

No mention of “We have to pass the bill to see what is in it.”
No mention of the doubling of total government receipts as the result of Reagan’s tax cuts.
No mention of the results of welfare reform that reduced the unemployment rates.
No mention of “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.”
No mention that sequestration actually reduce the growth of government spending somewhat.
No mention that our current president has spent more money (foolishly) than any one person in the history of the world.


29 posted on 03/02/2014 7:56:34 PM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Lisbon1940

Hmm?


30 posted on 03/02/2014 7:59:28 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Kaslin

Rich Algeni, Jr. (@richalgeni) tweeted at 9:30pm - 2 Mar 14:

@RobertGKaiser Wish we had truly known you were such a whack-job leftist! If there were true justice, you’d be a North Korean! (https://twitter.com/richalgeni/status/440328374829858817)


31 posted on 03/02/2014 8:02:19 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Kaslin

Robert G. Kaiser
@RobertGKaiser
Born and bred in Washington, employed by The Washington Post for 50 years, author of SO DAMN MUCH MONEY, ACT OF CONGRESS and six other books.
Washington, D.C.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RobertGKaiser


32 posted on 03/02/2014 8:03:56 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Kaslin

Robert G. Kaiser (@RobertGKaiser) tweeted at 12:34pm - 27 Sep 13:

Idea: Start working now on the explanation you’ll give your grandchildren on how the GOP willingly crashed the economy in 2013 (https://twitter.com/RobertGKaiser/status/383645758508900353)

Robert G. Kaiser (@RobertGKaiser) tweeted at 4:18pm - 30 Jul 13:

NPR has a fine story on Republican disarray in Congress, a problem scary enough to cost you some zzzz’s. n.pr/1640Vkr (https://twitter.com/RobertGKaiser/status/362321419566202880)


33 posted on 03/02/2014 8:09:17 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Kaslin

Robert G. Kaiser (@RobertGKaiser) tweeted at 8:44am - 24 Jul 13:

Here is a fine piece by Jonathan Weisman with a clear warning: Train Wreck Ahead. The GOP wants the wreck. nyti.ms/1bL8B0R (https://twitter.com/RobertGKaiser/status/360032734908923904)

Robert G. Kaiser (@RobertGKaiser) tweeted at 10:45am - 24 Jun 13:

EJ Dionne is justifiably angry. We seem headed for political disaster this fall because Boehner has lost control. goo.gl/tSJjF (https://twitter.com/RobertGKaiser/status/349191439156142080)


34 posted on 03/02/2014 8:11:55 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I've been to Hays a few times.

It's windy in the Spring.

35 posted on 03/02/2014 8:20:14 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Nuc 1.1
We have gov't lock.

We need to be free of same.

36 posted on 03/02/2014 8:22:09 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin
Ramblings of a syphilitic liberal mind
37 posted on 03/02/2014 8:22:21 PM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: Kaslin

Barney Frank, who chaired the House committee overseeing the financial services industry, and Christopher Dodd, his Senate counterpart. Both Frank and Dodd granted Kaiser frequent interviews while they worked on the bill and encouraged their staffs to do the same.

Or consider Frank’s staff director, Jeanne Roslanowick, who was skeptical of a new agency to crack down on predatory lending. Roslanowick told Kaiser, presumably with a straight face, that moderate House Democrats were cool to the idea because their constituents weren’t interested in it. “If what they were feeling back home . . . suggested the public was crying for an independent consumer protection agency, they would be responding to that,” she explained. A neutral observer might suggest that Roslanowick spend less time around bank-funded Democrats. (Polls consistently showed the consumer agency to be enormously popular.)

Like any good establishmentarian, Kaiser is skeptical of public opinion, and even more so of the politicians who pander to it. His diagnosis of what ails Congress can be summarized as “too much democracy.” He laments the huge drop in the amount of time congressmen have spent in Washington since the 1960s, when the government paid for only three annual trips home. (There is no longer a limit.) He echoes Dodd’s frustration that too much of what Congress does these days trickles into the press, unlike the back-room dealing of yesteryear, and Frank’s concern that the financial crisis ushered in the “greatest breach between elite and public opinion that I have ever seen.”

Let’s concede that the great unwashed can be ignorant, irrational and erratic. As Frank tells Kaiser, “The voters are no bargain.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/books/review/robert-g-kaisers-act-of-congress.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


38 posted on 03/02/2014 8:22:21 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Kaslin

He’s pissed because over the years its been harder to get majorities in the GOP to drink the Libs koolaid or admit they like it (though from OUR point of view, THAT has still not gone far enough yet). It was nicer when MORE in the GOP were really Dims wearing a GOP label, when the Dims had more in the GOP they could count on.

In other words, Washington was “nicer” (to Mr Kaiser) when it was more like one party (not that it still isn’t to many of us).


39 posted on 03/02/2014 8:26:45 PM PST by Wuli
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To: Kaslin
Hey Kaiser, We have Just Begun to Fight!
40 posted on 03/02/2014 8:29:18 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Kaslin

Guess the only people good enough for Robert Kaiser are fellow liberal elites - and the criminal class that props them up.


41 posted on 03/02/2014 8:30:49 PM PST by GOPJ ("Putin's playing chess ... we’re playing marbles" - - Mike Rogers, R-Mich)
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To: Kaslin
Of course, a politician lying is hardly a shock, but there is a difference between telling untruths (see Nixon, Richard M.) and making stuff up. I liked Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s dictum: “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.”

That seems so old-fashioned now, when global-warming deniers hold forth on the floors of the House and the Senate, and numerous Republicans merrily denounce our moderate president as a “Socialistic dictator,” in the recent words of Rep. Randy Weber (R-Tex.). I haven’t met Weber, but I have met some of the other House Republicans whose intellectual output can be equally baffling. One of my frustrations in recent years has been the journalistic conventions that can make it difficult to speak or write in a straightforward way about people such as Weber who make preposterous statements — and act as though they believe them.

Robert? Please. Look. Outside.

That white stuff that is on everything from Spokane to Dallas to Albany is not "someone's opinion."

When President Obama states " I am not a socialist," well, yes Robert, that is a "politician lying."

And when people such as Weber make what you believe to be "preposterous statements — and act as though they believe them" you might not want to consider the sources so much as consider YOUR ability to separate the facts from the opinions.

Again, Robert, take a look outside. Heck, you might even try going for a walk out there...

.

42 posted on 03/02/2014 8:34:31 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: andyk
He exactly what he is complaining about. Someone who makes broad generalizations based on some ignorant stereotype that are completely false. He is an ignorant fool.
43 posted on 03/02/2014 8:36:09 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: andyk
> ...I bet many of them voted for Alan Keyes ...

I for one did in the 2000 primaries !

44 posted on 03/02/2014 8:38:26 PM PST by SecondAmendment (Restoring our Republic at 9.8357x10^8 FPS)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

He’s just a little out of sorts since an internet shopkeeper took over his precious “newspaper.”


45 posted on 03/02/2014 8:40:20 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Seriously? Ever read The Hays Daily News? The editor is as commie as anybody at the Post. Most small-town editors consider aping the big-city leftie editors as the way to prove how smart and sophisticated they are (and maybe get promoted to a big city paper).
46 posted on 03/02/2014 8:50:51 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: SecondAmendment

That’s the exact election to which I was referring. There was a certain FReeper at the time who was outspoken in her support of Ambassador Keyes.


47 posted on 03/02/2014 8:51:17 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Paladin2

It’s always windy. I went to college there and still live in NW KS. Tonight it’s windy and about 0 degrees.


48 posted on 03/02/2014 8:53:17 PM PST by ozzymandus
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To: Kaslin

It could be Kiev. The apparatchiks could be getting set on fire.

Some people don’t know when they have as good a deal as they are going to get.


49 posted on 03/02/2014 9:14:00 PM PST by Psalm 144 (1. Sow. 2. Reap. 3. Eat the result.)
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To: ozzymandus

I delivered the Hays Daily News in the early 60’s.


50 posted on 03/02/2014 9:17:28 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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