‘Washington Post’ Launches Ombud Blog

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By: E&P Staff

The Washington Post has launched the Omblog, the blog of The Washington Post’s ombudsman, Andrew Alexander.

“The blog will serve as a place for discussion about what’s in The Post, both in print and online, as well as questions that news media more broadly are grappling with,” a release about the blog stated. “Alexander will make regular posts, raising issues and inviting readers’ thoughts. The blog provides a chance for readers to register complaints, concerns and compliments in real time.”

Since it launched on Tuesday, Alexander — former Washington bureau chief for Cox Newspapers — has opined on issues such as the press treatment of Barack Obama and if a recent Post story on Congressman John Murtha was fair.

“I would have objected to the Page One placement were it not for the fact that Murtha is at the center of controversy over the volume of Pentagon work steered to those with ties to him,” Alexander wrote. “One measure of reader interest is the online comments accompanying the story. There were roughly 550 by mid-afternoon, many of them critical of Murtha.”

Check it out, here.



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