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Ombudsman Blog: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Recommended Reading: 'Newspaper Narcissism'

Veteran Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus has written an incisive piece for the Columbia Journalism Review in which be blames journalistic failures -- not just financial missteps -- for the current plight of newspapers. Headlined "Newspaper Narcissism," it's a worthwhile...

By Andy Alexander  | May 8, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Many Threaten, But Most Don't Cancel The Post

There’s not a lot of cheer in the newspaper industry, and last week’s Washington Post Co. quarterly earnings report added to the gloom. It noted that the newspaper division had a $53.8 million operating loss. But in this darkness there...

By Andy Alexander  | May 7, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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How to Handle an Unsettling Photo

A number of readers were upset today by the photos that showed Connie Culp of Cleveland before and after she became the nation’s first recipient of a face transplant. The photos appeared in The Post’s A section and at the...

By Andy Alexander  | May 6, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Today's Murtha Story: Guilt by Association?

The morning's e-mails and calls brought some protests over today's front-page story about a firm, owned by the nephew Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., getting $4 million in Pentagon work without competitive bidding. Murtha, of course, is the chairman of...

By Andy Alexander  | May 5, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Q&A Excerpts

From my online Q&A earlier today. Greenville, S.C.: Andy -- Do you consider it your job to be an intermediary between the paper and its readers, or an apologist for the paper and its reporters? Andy Alexander: I view myself...

By Andy Alexander  | May 5, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Live Q&A

I'll be online tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET for my first chat with readers since becoming The Post ombudsman. Feel free to submit questions or comments before or during the discussion....

By Andy Alexander  | May 4, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Why Obama Is Enjoying Favorable Press

In my column yesterday, I noted a recent study concluding that President Obama "has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton of George W. Bush during their first months in the White House." That study, by the...

By Andy Alexander  | May 4, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Welcome to the Omblog

There was a time when readers mailed letters to the editor and those letters appeared in the newspaper days, or even weeks, later. Today, readers are accustomed to registering their complaints, concerns and compliments in real time. Thus, the creation...

By Andy Alexander  | May 4, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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