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Today's column is my last for The Washington Post. And the first thing I want to say is thank you. Thank you to all you readers, e-mailers, commenters, questioners, Facebook friends and Twitterers for spending your time with me and engaging with me over the years. And thank you for the recent outpouring of support. It was extraordinarily uplifting, and I'm deeply grateful. If I ever had any doubt, your words have further inspired me to continue doing accountability journalism. My plan is to take a few weeks off before embarking upon my next endeavor -- but when I do, I hope you'll join me.

It's hard to summarize the past five and a half years. But I'll try.

I started my column in January 2004, and one dominant theme quickly emerged: That George W. Bush was truly the proverbial emperor with no clothes. In the days and weeks after the 9/11 terror attacks, the nation, including the media, vested him with abilities he didn't have and credibility he didn't deserve. As it happens, it was on the day of my very first column that we also got the first insider look at the Bush White House, via Ron Suskind's book, The Price of Loyalty. In it, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill described a disengaged president "like a blind man in a room full of deaf people", encircled by "a Praetorian guard,” intently looking for a way to overthrow Saddam Hussein long before 9/11. The ensuing five years and 1,088 columns really just fleshed out that portrait, describing a president who was oblivious, embubbled and untrustworthy.

When I look back on the Bush years, I think of the lies. There were so many. Lies about the war and lies to cover up the lies about the war. Lies about torture and surveillance. Lies about Valerie Plame. Vice President Dick Cheney's lies, criminally prosecutable but for his chief of staff Scooter Libby's lies. I also think about the extraordinary and fundamentally cancerous expansion of executive power that led to violations of our laws and our principles.

And while this wasn't as readily apparent until President Obama took office, it's now very clear that the Bush years were all about kicking the can down the road – either ignoring problems or, even worse, creating them and not solving them. This was true of a huge range of issues including the economy, energy, health care, global warming – and of course Iraq and Afghanistan.

How did the media cover it all? Not well. Reading pretty much everything that was written about Bush on a daily basis, as I did, one could certainly see the major themes emerging. But by and large, mainstream-media journalism missed the real Bush story for way too long. The handful of people who did exceptional investigative reporting during this era really deserve our gratitude: People such as Ron Suskind, Seymour Hersh, Jane Mayer, Murray Waas, Michael Massing, Mark Danner, Barton Gellman and Jo Becker, James Risen and Eric Lichtblau (better late than never), Dana Priest, Walter Pincus, Charlie Savage and Philippe Sands; there was also some fine investigative blogging over at Talking Points Memo and by Marcy Wheeler. Notably not on this list: The likes of Bob Woodward and Tim Russert. Hopefully, the next time the nation faces a grave national security crisis, we will listen to the people who were right, not the people who were wrong, and heed those who reported the truth, not those who served as stenographers to liars.

It's also worth keeping in mind that there is so very much about the Bush era that we still don't know.

Now, a little over five months after Bush left office, Barack Obama's presidency is shaping up to be in large part about coming to terms with the Bush era, and fixing all the things that were broken. In most cases, Obama is approaching this task enthusiastically – although in some cases, he is doing so only under great pressure, and in a few cases, not at all . I think part of Obama's abiding popularity with the public stems from what a contrast he is from his predecessor -- and in particular his willingness to take on problems. But he certainly has a lot of balls in the air at one time. And I predict that his growing penchant for secrecy – especially but not only when it comes to the Bush legacy of torture and lawbreaking – will end up serving him poorly, unless he renounces it soon.

Obama is nowhere in Bush's league when it comes to issues of credibility, but his every action nevertheless needs to be carefully scrutinized by the media, and he must be held accountable. We should be holding him to the highest standards – and there are plenty of places where we should be pushing back. Just for starters, there are a lot of hugely important but unanswered questions about his Afghanistan policy, his financial rescue plans, and his turnaround on transparency.

So now I'm off. I wish The Washington Post well. I'm proud to have been associated with it for 12 years (I was a producer and editor at the Web site before starting the column.) I remain a big believer in the “traditional media,” especially when it sticks to traditional journalistic values. The Post was, is and will always be a great newspaper, and I have confidence that it will rise to the challenges ahead.

I'll be announcing my next move soon on whitehousewatch.com and also to anyone who e-mails me at froomkin@gmail.com. Please stay in touch.

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 26, 2009; 10:22 AM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks, Dan. Your work has been some of the best "accountability journalism" ever.

You are a true guardian of the people's need to know.

Posted by: rowens1 | June 26, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Dan, you rock it better than anyone at the WaPo, which is why, i suppose Fred and the boyz had to let you go. You nailed it every time.

Your follower, Dave

Posted by: dmls2000 | June 26, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, and good luck, Dan! I'll be following you to your new online destinations, whatever they may be.

Mike Sutherland

Posted by: whizbang9a | June 26, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm rather sad that you won't be around at the Post any more. The political department just got a lot blander and lost a good reality checker. Thanks for your time and for your columns, always my best source for an amazing amount of information in one easy click.

Posted by: surrnina | June 26, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. You've been an invaluable friend in print for the past five 1/2 years, helping make sense of the absurd and the tragic.

Posted by: philipturner | June 26, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Take care Dan, see you at your next home.

A question: Why fire Dan yet keep the neoconservatives who were disastrously wrong about everything?

Your paper is compromised. Just merge with the Washington Times and get it over with.

Posted by: artmann11 | June 26, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Seeing you go is like watching Babe Ruth get traded. A boon for whoever gets you and a curse on wapoo for firing you. You were the best most consistent media analyst on the Web and I am sure you will land on your feet.

best of luck

Posted by: srw3 | June 26, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Dan, thank you for your many columns of insightful, well-documented, unbiased columns. If this is your last day at WaPo, then it is my last day, too. Without the balance you provide for those columns by the neo-cons, the WaPo leans toward becoming the Fox News in print. I can get national news from a variety of better sources and will.
I look forward to hearing where and when you are next.

Posted by: Patricia1514 | June 26, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

onward to higher heights, Froomie!! You're always welcome at Over the Line, Smokey!
http://seesdifferent.wordpress.com/

Posted by: seesdifferent | June 26, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for being the one and only journalist covering these stories. It still boggles the mind that of all the 'journalists' at WP, you were the one who got the ax. I guess we know who's really in charge...Dick I think we see your vengeful, dirty little fingerprints here...

Posted by: allisonb909 | June 26, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I'll be waiting to see you in your new diggs, where ever they are.

And you can tell the WP folks, that I will NEVER return to their web site again. The usual reason I came was to read you, and sometimes I would look around while here. No more. They are Idiots for getting rid of the best political writer they had.

Posted by: jowc123 | June 26, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. You've done yeoman work and deserved better. But I suppose the surprise would have been if you had been treated as you deserved to be. Best of luck in your future ventures.

Posted by: bcamarda2 | June 26, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

your commitment to facts, accountability and morality were hugely important to your audience -- not to mention as an example to your colleagues -- so many of whom have forgotten their mandate.

no wonder the wapo is no longer a fit for you.

best of luck.

Posted by: mycomment | June 26, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan.

Dan is wrong about one thing: The Post is no longer a great paper thanks to Fred Hiatt and his neocon buddies. A paper that lets a Dan Froomkin go yet keeps a lying George Will and a hysterically unbalanced Chas Kruthammer is not great; it's pathetic.

Posted by: evenadog | June 26, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Throughout your tenure at the Post, you managed to perform a much needed task that most of the media still hasn't figured out how to do: saying harsh but true things to people in power.

You called torture when it was torture, and a lie when it turned out to be a lie. The Post made a huge mistake letting you go, but I will be reading whatever you decide to write next.

Posted by: monkeyonkeyboard | June 26, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan, I'm going to miss you - hopefully you'll turn up in
interesting places. I always looked forward to reading
white-house-watch. Let us know where you settle.
deadhead75

Posted by: deadhead75 | June 26, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Good luck and Godspeed, brother.

Their loss.

Posted by: Scientific23 | June 26, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan .. you have been and will continue to be an island of sanity .

Posted by: abarefootboy | June 26, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

This should be case study material in business school for how not to run a newspaper.

First mistake -- firing Froomkin.

Second mistake -- providing a weak, disingenuous reason for it.

Third mistake -- turning a deaf ear to your readers criticism of the firing.

You're supposed to be a newspaper, for cripes sake, a refection of the area and readers you supposedly serve -- both on and offline.

It is clear that Watergate would've never been exposed under the current management -- after being told it was just some 'third rate burglary', the Post would've dutifully passed it along and said "Nothing to see here folks, move along."

Posted by: STTPinOhio | June 26, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Reading your column daily helped get me through the Bush years. It was comforting to know someone else was bothered by the things that bothered me. While other journalists were genuflecting before the throne and dancing with MC Rove, you kept your distance and questioned rather than sycophantically nodding in agreement.

Obama, even though a friend rather than a foe, needs your attention as much as Bush did. His unkept promises on gay rights, torture accountability, executive power and secrecy are troubling. His seeming willingness to abandon principles in order to be seen as having 'done something' will not get done what needs to be done. Your speaking truth to power will, hopefully, continue to help the cause of an America we can be proud of.

See you soon.

Posted by: jboyno | June 26, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Good luck and God bless you, Dan. I will be following your work in the future. You embody my idea of what a great reporter should be. You deserve better than this neocon propaganda rag.

While reading your final piece, all I could think was "Preach it, Brother, preach it."
Stenographers indeed.

Posted by: don41na | June 26, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

You're doing it right.

Posted by: MBinDC | June 26, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

So long Dan, you'll be missed by all of us that valued your reporting even if the WAPO has failed at every turn for over 8 years. I will look for you at your new venture!

Posted by: calif-joe | June 26, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Well done, brave soldier of truth!

Posted by: Relaw55 | June 26, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

"Seeing you go is like watching Babe Ruth get traded. A boon for whoever gets you and a curse on wapoo for firing you. You were the best most consistent media analyst on the Web and I am sure you will land on your feet."

best of luck

Posted by: srw3

I echo srw3's sentiments. Just for those who may not be up on their baseball history, Babe Ruth was sold by the Boston Red Sox to their rival, the New York Yankees. Babe Ruth went on to have a spectacular career, many championship seasons. The Boston Red Sox went decades without winning.
May Dan have as spectacular a career. No need to say what WaPo deserves.

Posted by: JohnnyCanuck1 | June 26, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

*slow clap*
Bravo, sir. Brav-o.

Posted by: EdTheRed | June 26, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan for 5 1/2 years of uncritical spouting the Lefts talking points and whatever disgruntled carping any administration reject offered up. Perhaps if you had any arrow in your quiver other than Bush Derangment Syndrome you could have had a place at the WaPo. But once Bush was gone and no criticism of The One is allowed, sadly you have no place at the table; the rest of the media can carry the water from here.

Posted by: ronjaboy | June 26, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan.

I will be watching to see where you land, and this will be the last time I willingly look the the WaPo website. Their remaining credibility is walking out the door.

Huck Fiatt.

Posted by: donovong | June 26, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Your column kept me sane for years. As far as I'm concerned, "Dan Froomkin" is a more respected name than "The Washington Post." Keep up the good work, I'm looking forward to your next endeavor.

Posted by: aaron_couts | June 26, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

More proof, as if we needed it, that the Post is a long way removed from the "liberal rag" that the righties still rant about. Poor Katherine Graham must be spinning in her grave at the speed of light to see what has happened to her paper. As others have already noted here, no way would today's management have the guts to take on Watergate again. Maybe they should remember that most of their readers still believe in that kind of paper, which is why the circulation numbers keep shrinking.

Posted by: justmike | June 26, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for keeping so many of us sane during one of the darkest periods in our nation's history: the first time our government openly and officially repudiated the values of honorable combat that General Washington espoused at its founding. At times like these, solitary but determined voices can cast a surprisingly powerful light, like scattered candles in a world of darkness.

Thanks for helping to light the way, Dan. And thanks for continuing to cast an honest light on the new Administration. I look forward to following your work whereever I can find it--old media or new, newspaper or magazine or (hint, hint) book.

Best of luck in all of your new ventures!

And as for Hiatt and Krauthammer, Kristol and Wolfowitz, and the rest of the neocon chicken-hawk, torture-touting, warmongering bitter-enders at the Washington Post: here's hoping that they someday acquire enough wisdom to understand what an enormous mistake they've made in letting you go.

Posted by: ManateeMD | June 26, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Dan-

kickass closing column from start to finish. What a way to go out, thanks for telling it like it is/was. Thanks for all you did to shine a light on the darkness of the Bush regime, when so few in the mainstream media were doing so.

Posted by: firenze_italia | June 26, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Dan, I'll be following you wherever you land. Thanks for keeping "integrity" as an integral part of your work. And for seeking the truth when most of your brethren were wearing blinders.

The Post has no idea what they've lost. Do you think Fred Hiatt would have encouraged Woodward and Bernstein to "keep digging" like Ben Bradlee did? Yeah, right. Let's just imagine a world where Watergate remained a secret. The Post is goin' down...just a matter of time.

Posted by: retzlaff44 | June 26, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr Froomkin! Now I can forget about reading the WaPo on line, you were one of the few reasons I came here. Thank you!

Posted by: abiodunaodeleye | June 26, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank you very little.

Posted by: dashriprock | June 26, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your work, Dan.

I know that you intend to take some well-deserved some time off. But please try not to make it too long---we need you!

Posted by: wasntme543 | June 26, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Dan. You were water in the desert during the Bush years. Your final comment about the WP being a "great newspaper" notwithstanding, the dearth of professionals who share your mission was, and remains, a very dangerous shame.

Posted by: dpclark | June 26, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes, Dan. Been with you since the beginning at WaPo where you always turned in a great day's work.

Posted by: toweringqs | June 26, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. You were there during the darkest days, shouting the truth the the few who would listen. Live well, do good work, and keep in touch.

Posted by: ana1ana2 | June 26, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Froomkin!

Posted by: rjoff | June 26, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Dan you're free!

I'm free, too. You're the reason I went to WP.com and now I no longer have to search the site for your columns.

During the dark years, your voice was mine.

Wishing you every success with your new venture.


thanks,
ftm

Posted by: ftm50 | June 26, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the great writing. You've been a journalistic touchstone for the past several years - don't know what we would have done without you. Will be looking forward to following your work in its next phase.

Posted by: mkb2 | June 26, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo has made a terrible mistake.

But happily I can follow you and leave the Post behind.

Posted by: smutsboy | June 26, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The Post's purge of Dan Froomkin should make clear even to the blind that this once inspired newspaper has lost its soul and our respect.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | June 26, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Dan, your column got me through the Bush years and now it's getting me through the Obushma encore.

There are a few columnists still worth reading in the Bushington Post, but your column was what kept me coming here each and every day.

I know you'll land somewhere with more credibility and ethics than the war-crimes-enabling Bushington Post and your many readers will follow you.

Posted by: ccatmoon | June 26, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Speaking the truth to power can be a dangerous career move. It certainly seems that it was in your case.

I will look forward to visiting you in whatever new web home you find.

washingtonpost.com has been my internet homepage for nearly seven years. That changes today.

Best of luck to you and thanks for your dedication to the truth.

Posted by: mhhaggard | June 26, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

You make me proud to have spent 20 years as a journalist. Good luck in your next effort at being the best you can be.

Posted by: sheryllarson | June 26, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

While I wish Froomkin well,I believe his self serving "adios" is no more than a personal tribute to his own narrow,exceedingly biased rants directed at George Bush.Froomkin`s rage became a tired,whining partisan pontificating at the expense of any logic or reasoning.Even George Bush enjoyed any number of accomplishments and successes,as all Presidents do.Froomky could never see any of that,so he reduced himself to sparking joy and satisfaction among the small number of extreme leftists afflicted with BDS.That was a unique and tiny segment and their target is gone...and now Froomkin is gone,too.

Posted by: bowspray | June 26, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Dan, please continue to call out our nation's indolent, useless press. Cheney/Bush took a 2 X 4 to our constitutional democracy, but they were aided and abetted by the Wash. press corps who will fight to maintain this status quo.

This is the last time I access the Wash Post, toadies for the fraudulent conservative movement. I eagerly await your missives from the internet as we all witness the 'death throes' of the Right.

Posted by: MikeE10 | June 26, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Dan, this is probably for the best. Since WaPoo is turning into a cesspool of neocons, you don't need to be associated with them anyway. Good luck and I'll be watching to see where you land next. I'll be going into serious withdrawal next week. What will I do without the cartoons and the quick takes?????????

Posted by: cwarddc | June 26, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Major thanks, Dan!

Like many others, it was good to have another, solid voice during much of the madness of the Bush years - it really helped to have someone staying on task and sharing what they found, collected and sited. I looked forward to seeing your coverage of the Obama administration as well. Fortunately, one can go elsewhere to read your reporting/views. etc
I find it bizarre that the WaPo let you go, and am fairly certain that they'll be poorer for it.

Posted by: arielpoly | June 26, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

This will be my last visit to the Post's web site. I'm sorry to see you go. You are the last honest person at the Post.

Posted by: hoosierville | June 26, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan, yours was the only WashPo column I'd read during the cool-aid drinking years.

Posted by: crawfam | June 26, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan. Like many of the other posters here, I feel as though you helped me get through the Bush years. I hope your next gig allows you the freedom to keep doing what you have been doing. Vaya con dios.

Posted by: silence309 | June 26, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. Christ, we get it, Dan.

Go spew somewhere else.

Posted by: enaughton27 | June 26, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

I'll miss the daily ritual of reading White House Watch here on the Washington Post. You have done an excellent job with this column.

Get some good rest, you've earned it, and I look forward to following your next endevour in the coming weeks.

Posted by: eapadilla | June 26, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Dan - This is my first post on WP, but I have been following you since at least 2005. Sorry to see you leave. Thanks for your excellent work these past few years. Good luck and I know you will do well. I will certainly be following you to your new home.

It's shameful of WP Mgmt to let go a fierce truth teller. After the debacle during the Bush years with regards to straying away from journalism's true mission i.e. informing the public the truth and nothing but the truth, letting one of the few with any credibility left at WP is inviting further loss of readership and failure. But, I guess propoganda machines don't care.

Posted by: saum75 | June 26, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

You're leaving, and they kept Michael Gerson. How can so many people who were so utterly wrong still draw a paycheck?

Posted by: blogenfreude | June 26, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks again, Dan.

And with that, I'm deleting the WaPo bookmark from my browser. I do believe it has run its course.

Posted by: chris_d | June 26, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see you go -- you got me through those rough last years of Bush and I was happy to see you pushing for transparency and accountability from Obama.

I'll look for your work elsewhere (now having one less reason for coming to washingtonpost.com).

Posted by: trt2539 | June 26, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Dan. Can't wait to find out where you'll land!

Posted by: esibley76 | June 26, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse


Hi Dan,

Your White House Briefing (later White House Watch) was one of a few reasons for my visiting washingtonpost.com. I have been reading your posts here almost from when you started. Your posts here, and Blogs like TPM, Huffpo, and later like Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish gave me some hope that the journalism (albeit mostly in different form than MSM now) is alive to keep watchful eyes on the lies we were being fed into, with helpful hands of many in the MSM. Thanks for your always informative and critical posts.

Never go back to the Post. In fact, from last week on I rarely visit the Post site. It would be utter waste of time to read fact free Kristol, pathetic lie enabler and arrogant Krauthammer, and other stunt makers like Hyatt, Gerson, Punuru (the latter's discussion title reminds me of monkey stunts).

Looking forward to seeing you in your own blog, or somewhere else.

Posted by: rajpol | June 26, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Much as I agree with the sentiment, those saying they will no longer visit the Post will be missing the excellent Ezra Klein and the unstoppable Greg Sargent. They are two of the sharpest voices on the web, and the Post was smart enough to pick them up (somehow I don't think Hiatt had anything to do with those decisions).

I doubt that Dan Froomkin wants you to be less informed than you can be, and Ezra and Greg's blogs should be required reading for any devotee of Dan's work.

Posted by: wvng | June 26, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan. In the Bush years your column was a refuge of sanity in an otherwise insane media landscape.

I will gladly follow you to whereever you land. And the WaPo online will have that many fewer clicks because of it. It is most definitely their loss.

Posted by: jeffdav | June 26, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I want to add my thanks, too. I read your column from the beginning and I never felt as well informed in my life as a citizen. You were always fair; you were factual. Unfortunately a rare thing these days.

I began reading the Post in high school in the 60s when I lived in Va. It's changed a lot since then and not for the better. Except for Dana Priest's work, I don't think there will ever be a reason to come back. For Katherine Graham's sake, I hope there isn't an afterlife where she can see what's happening.

Posted by: shetuck | June 26, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is incalculably diminished at your departure, Dan. Their mistake. So many times I've read your work and thought "there's no way anyone can do this better." You are a hero of mine, and wherever you go, I'll be reading you.

Posted by: hackwhacker | June 26, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan, for all the excellent reporting. It's really sad to see the decline of a once-great journalistic endeavor like the Post into a sycophantic waste of time. Phil Graham should be ashamed of the paper he publishes.

Wherever you land, can you please persuade Gene Robinson to follow? Then I'll never have to waste my time with this miserable rag again.

Posted by: capnchucky | June 26, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The Post will NOT always be a great entitiy; today marks the point when it became a lesser one. A much lesser one.

Posted by: boxwell02 | June 26, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Froomkin, for five years of speaking truth to power.
In your case, that power included the increasingly right-wing, fact-free megaphone for neocon and Republican talking points that is the Washington Post's op-ed page.
My guess is that, years from now, people in journalism
will look back at your firing as a real turning point in the public's perception of the media-industrial complex.
Good luck in all your future endeavors.

Posted by: agreenle | June 26, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye to Dan, and to the Washington Post. I'll miss Dan.

Posted by: raycrossley | June 26, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

I'm afraid I don't share your affection for the Washington Post. Their performance during the Bush years was abominable, and with a few exceptions, their editorial page continues to be a joke.

Thank you for your fine work, and best of luck to you.

Posted by: synykyl | June 26, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Froomkin's forced departure shows that the old mega media are not dying. These dinosaurs are committing suicide.

Posted by: drunderhill | June 26, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Terrific run, Dan. And courageous, too -- you went in with both shovels when dark actors were playing games. See you at your next station.

Posted by: FormerSubscriber | June 26, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Godd luck, Dan. You were usually the first commentator I read at the WaPo, bringing a bit of interest to an otherwise overwhelmingly neocon/CW paper. Now that the NYT has gotten rid of Judith Miller and the Post has fired you, I have just replaced WaPo as my front browser page with the NYT. The WaPo will be a weaker news source without you. Perhaps they could fire everyone but Kraut and Gerson and rename themselves the Beltway Bubble Post.

Posted by: scientist1 | June 26, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan, your column fast became a part of my day back in 2004 and it has bordered on an addiction ever since. I am glad to say I will be joining you by saying good riddance to the Post.

I would also like to add the McClatchy DC Bureau reporters to your list of those who held the Bush administration accountable, especially Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel. You once, or perhaps many times, expressed displeasure that they had not gotten the Pullitzer for their work--I second that sentiment--and, for what its worth, wanted to recognize them.

Please accept my sincerest thanks for calling it like you saw it, never backing down, and holding our highest elected official accountable. I hope to read more in the near future.

Posted by: joe17 | June 26, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan. Best of luck with all your future endeavors. You were the best thing offered by the Washington Post.

The Washington Post is dead to me now.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | June 26, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan Froomkin, **You will be missed!

Posted by: jama452 | June 26, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Dan - because of you is the only reason I regularly stopped by washingtonpost.com

Good Luck - and will be looking forward to your future ventures.

Posted by: theparrotperch | June 26, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

You're leaving on a classy note. Unfortunately, the same isn't true of WaPo: the whiny Dana Milbank (formerly a good WH reporter), the silly Chris Cillizza, the hack ridden op-ed page (Broder, Cohen, Krauthammer, Applebaum, Will, et al.), and people with badly checkered histories (Ken Starr setnographer Ceci Connoly, Bush administration lackey Bob Woodward, et al.). the paper is afraid of power and has been since at least the last Barry administration. During that period, it came to ignore local politics (never its strong suit) and later it willingly played up to the likes of Starr, Gingriche, et al., and followed-up with craven coverage of Bush and cheerleading for the Iraq War. The paper's business model relies, in part, on syndication of people who have either phoned it in for years (Broder et al.) or who have become captured by Beltway stupidity (Dionne). At some point, the revenues will dry up and members of this wasworks will reach obvious senility or death. In the meantime, the paper is rotting from the insider and Dan's firing is only the latest in a long line of examples. the paper that still has Dana Priest and Walter Pincus is, unfortunately also the paper of Sally Quinn and Fred Hiatt and until Katherine Graham's lunkheaded children and their cronies are gone, the paper probably has no chance to recover.

Posted by: thebuckguy | June 26, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan. You did important work here. Best of luck in your future journalistic efforts.

Posted by: 4sl5t | June 26, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Dan: Arnold Schwarzenegger is the "Terminator", and you sir, are the "Froomkinator". You'll be back!

Posted by: MillPond2 | June 26, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks and good luck Dan! I'll be watching to see where you end up.

And as you walk out the door, you take with you the last compelling reason to read this disgrace of a newspaper.

Posted by: rochrist | June 26, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Dan, I'll be watching for your new home.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | June 26, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Your work contained some of the best news analysis that I've seen. Rather than merely digesting the days news you placed stories in context. I've always admired your willingness to use plain language and to be impolite when it was called for.

I'm sure the Washington Post will roll on, but I will be a much less frequent reader. This RSS feed for this column drew me into the Post nearly every day and I would stay to read other articles.

Posted by: fletc3her | June 26, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Dan, thanks for keeping people informed on the White House and holding some feet to the fire for 5+ years. Your column was always the first I looked for, and I could usually find something to comment on. I've read the Post since the 1960's (when it was my hometown paper) and your leaving isn't going to improve its standing in my eyes.

Best of luck in your next venture.

Lucy Rowland
Athens, GA

Posted by: lrowland | June 26, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Dan thank you for the hard work that you did at the Washington Post. You made reading the news worthwhile. I will follow you to your new endeavors and will abandon the WAPO.
Michael

Posted by: mlowe1 | June 26, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for trying to hold the worst ever accountable.

Sadly, this paper chose to let the same neocons that destroyed our country spew here.

I will pass on reading their bs.

Posted by: getalife1 | June 26, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Embubbled". I will remember these columns whenever I see that word.

Thanks for the old fashioned reportage! I found it indispensable.

Posted by: robinottawa | June 26, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan. The Post will slowly strangle itself with trying to express the cognitive dissonance of modern conservatism and you got out in time - with integrity intact. While the MSM is struggling to find an identity, it's funny they miss the most important part - stop being 'polite' to the powerful (rock the boat - if you're still getting invitations to parties, you're not doing your job), discomfit the liars and dissemblers, avoid printing uncontested statements and remember that Journalism is NOT Stenography. All readers expect is TRUTH (how's that for a business model?) and you did well. I will read you wherever you go...

Posted by: russcarter1 | June 26, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I'm looking forward to reading you again very soon.

Today's Washington Post is a fading shadow of what it once was under Mrs. Graham and Ben Bradlee.


Posted by: mimi424 | June 26, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Dan, You sustained me for many years. I'm sorry you're leaving, but I wish you the best in your next endeavor.

John Duffy

Posted by: molloy1 | June 26, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you and good luck.

Posted by: crust1 | June 26, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan Froomkin for being an honest, pleasant, funny voice of reason and truth in a dark time. You've been the best thing about the Washington Post for years, and it will be sad to see your departure further their unfortunate decline. You've done a great service to all of us, and to the idea of a government and a people that live up to high ideals and aspirations. I look forward to reading your future work for years to come.

Posted by: boxorox2 | June 26, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe your comments are better suited to a different forum. Glad to see you leave.

Posted by: ygbrown2001 | June 26, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Dan is wrong about one thing: The Post is no longer a great paper thanks to Fred Hiatt and his neocon buddies. A paper that lets a Dan Froomkin go yet keeps a lying George Will and a hysterically unbalanced Chas Krauthammer is not great; it's pathetic.

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Agreed.

Someone else said "you're doing it right."

And that's it, exactly, we, as a nation, are better and stronger for your journalistic courage.

Doing a Google search on this situation, I was surprised by the number of reporters out there chomping at the bit to do genuine press work like Dan's --

Too bad they can't get together and start a real newspaper.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | June 26, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

May you end up at a journalistic outlet that deserves your integrity.

Posted by: shungry | June 26, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

WP publisher Katharine Weymouth said recently: "I think the greatest mistake we made in our fat years was to get away from our customers. We forgot that, at the end of the day, we are only as good as the people who read us and we must put together packages of news and information that they are interested in."
( http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/newsreleases/archives.aspx?id=134955 )

My questions to Weymouth: "Are you listening? Are you paying attention?"


Posted by: expressediting | June 26, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I concur wiht most of the responses here. Dan has been a great writer and insightful when it comes to politics. All the neo cons who continue to spout idiocies and take up space in the editorial pages are no longer relevant. When is the Post going to get it? We need a weekely column from Dan instead of William Kristol or Karl Rove!

Posted by: patrick20 | June 26, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Just adding to the chorus. Thanks for the excellent writing, Dan, you'll be missed.

Posted by: LGRE | June 26, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Dan, your work had been invaluable, particularly in pushing for transparency and accountability. Your coverage on torture and human rights has been indispensible. Firing you makes no sense in terms of traffic and certainly quality. I hope you get another position soon, and please let us know where that is.

Posted by: Bat99 | June 26, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

It is amusing to see the deadenders posting false and meaningless rants against you on your last column. I am still waiting to hear about this laugher "Even George Bush enjoyed any number of accomplishments and successes,as all Presidents do." Aside from its lack of examples, journalism is not about cheering the successes. It should be about holding those in power accountable for what they do good or ill. It just so happens that there was mostly ill and very little good during bushie time.

Posted by: srw3 | June 26, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

You will be missed. Too bad the post chose not to keep who I consider to be their most entertaining and enlightening columnist.

Posted by: m_mcmahon | June 26, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. I particularly appreciate your reporting on U.S. torture issues.

Posted by: jeffshowell | June 26, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

This is the start of something even bigger for you, without a doubt.

Good luck at the new site.

Posted by: LosGatosCA | June 26, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Dear Dan:

I am one of those generally silent but constant readers who is still not over the shock that the Washington Post is foolish enough, (it's a given that there was and is much foolishness on its editorial page), to let you go.

You brought fresh insight, of and in the moment, and a consistently true example of what genuine, professional journalism should be all about.

I write this with tears in my eyes. I can't believe that come Monday I won't be able to turn to "White House Watch" as part of my morning routine, but I also know, unless our media is even sicker than I think it is, that you will be snatched up by another news outlet and soon.

Many, many thanks, along with all my best wishes.

Posted by: scriptbabe451 | June 26, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't think newspapers like the Washington Post ever really understood what getting the story of the Iraq war wrong has done for them. The pre-emptive invasion of Iraq was probably the biggest story of the decade and they got it completely, flat out wrong. There were a few expections here and there - people like Dan Froomkin who understood that administration talking points should be questioned rather than blindly repeated.

Sure newspapers are loosing subscribers for a variety of reasons but one they never seem to understand is how they lost so much credibility during the Bush years. Why should I subscribe to the Washington Post if they got the biggest story of the decade wrong?

The truly unbelievable thing is that newpapers don't understand that they screwed up. The firing of Dan Froomkin is clear proof of newspapers not understanding their role in current events.

Posted by: froomkingfan12 | June 26, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Dan...after reading your paragraph on Bush's lies, I realized you really werent all that good. A better journalist would have dug deeper to find the truth. Even the outing of a alleged CIA operative was false....She was neveran undercover anything anyway. Homework my little bearded sheep....homework

Posted by: livefreeordie2 | June 26, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
Looks like you provided a ray of hope and intelligence and sanity for many of us during the Bush years. You should be very proud of that.

Now go and keep Obama honest! Best of luck. I'll be reading....

Posted by: tfspa | June 26, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Dan: Adding my kudos and thanks for the consistency in your reporting. Best of luck...I look forward to following your work wherever your path leads you.

Elizabeth Shen

Posted by: autumnhaiku | June 26, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post has fired one of the few remaining reasons to read it. Idiots.

Posted by: splamco | June 26, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Dan -- Yours has been my favorite column/blog for many years. I stumbled upon it years ago and you immediately made it to a coveted top spot of my rss feeds.

Best of luck. Thanks for helping us stay honest. And I guess now I'll have to update my feeds once you land.

Posted by: gmckinney | June 26, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Let me know where you end up so I can give that organization the money that would've ended up at the Washington Post.

Thanks!

Posted by: antontuffnell | June 26, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope you get to enjoy a little vacation, then keep up the great work somewhere else. Don't let this mess get you down. We need more smart, hard-working, courageous people like you to keep our democracy working at its best.

Thank you for your work. I will be watching for where you start up again.

Posted by: hubby2jen | June 26, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Froomkin, you were my main reason for reading WaPo. I'm sorry to see you go, and I'm sorry to see this newspaper slide down the slippery slope to irrelevance. I will read you with pleasure wherever you go in future and will read WaPo only when more reasonable sources vouch for any particular pieces in it. A sad state of affairs. Best wishes for your future career, wherever it may take you!

Posted by: OttoBruun | June 26, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan.

You are a class act.

Posted by: tillie630 | June 26, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for everything Dan! I have deleted my Post bookmark and put Whitehousewatch.com in its stead. We can only hope Andy Alexander resigns his post to demonstrate some integrity, but there is no reason to believe he has any.

Posted by: lillianlil | June 26, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Dan - you will be an asset to your new employer and I'll look forward to reading your work when you resurface.

My bookmark to the WaPo will be deleted later today - there is no reason to read it anymore.

Thanks for everything and all the best - John

Posted by: JCinCT | June 26, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your hard work and Good Luck!! You are one of the best!

Posted by: gregrice | June 26, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Please keep doing what you've been doing Dan, you provide a voice of sanity and accountability in a sea of mindless punditry.

Posted by: mojotron3000 | June 26, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your great work, Dan. I'll be sure to keep following you wherever you land next.

Posted by: jimeh | June 26, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Dan, it's no exaggeration to say that you made the Bush years -- if not quite bearable (I can't go that far) -- at least understandable.


Posted by: dadada | June 26, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

And thus ends my time reading the Washington Post.
I was in the US from 1979-83, and the WAPO was my staple newspaper, in spite of my not being in Washington except for a few visits. I felt honored reading the paper which had revealed the Watergate scandal.

When I got internet in the 90s, the WAPO was the first foreign newspaper I signed up for, and I've been a regular visitor.

When the WAPO editors started cheerleading for war against Iraq, I was dismayed - but Dan Froomkin kept things in balance, and I became a regular reader of his reports from the WH.

The years of the Bush Insanity Vortex passed by, with a fix from Froomkin at least it made some sense, and I was impressed that the paper featured him - though I noticed the signs. From a prominent front page position, you ended up having to hunt for his column, until it began being featured again.

A new president, and they ditch Froomkin.
And I ditch the WAPO.

Thanks for the journey, it's been instructive. Fred Hiatt is an idiot, and the paper is paying the price for his idiocy.

Posted by: SteinXL | June 26, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

The bookmark the was reserved for the Wa-Po in my news bar will travel with you to your next gig. As classy of you as it is to wish the paper well, Hiatt, Will, Krauthummer, and the rotating cast of jack-a** neocon crooks the write in the Op-Eds has become too much for me. There's plenty of other material out there to read, that doesn't come with a side of tripe.

Thanks so much for your work at WHW. I cannot tell you how much it meant to have someone here writing about all the lies, corruption, and dishonesty of the Bush Administration. Really. I don't have the words. Thanks for what you did, and be sure to let us know when you find a new gig.

Posted by: riddemkinghotmailcom | June 26, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks so much Dan for all your work and your clear-eyed courage.

So sad that, as noted, the Woodward of today is the anti-Woodward of Watergate. I guess, as has been clear for a while, Bernstein was the true driving force of that investigative effort.

No stenography !! Real reporting !!!!

When the history gets written, your role will be seen as crucial, as the battle to save the Constitution continues.

-- stanley krute

Posted by: Stan_Krute | June 26, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your efforts, Dan. It was nice to know that at least one person in the mainstream media wasn't completely incompetent in his trade. Judging by the juvenile remarks from your resident trolls I'd say you hit the nail on the head far more often than not. That people like @livefreeordie2 remain ignorant of basic established facts due to their choice of propaganda outlets speaks volumes about the importance of what you do, as well as how much more of it there is left to do. Looking forward to your future endeavors, and good luck.

Posted by: BigTunaTim | June 26, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Dan, it's no exaggeration to say that you made the Bush years -- if not quite bearable (I can't go that far) -- at least understandable.


Posted by: dadada | June 26, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for linking us to the most newsworthy stories in your commentaries over the past five years.

I'm almost sixty years old and you certainly helped inform and guide this retired schoolteacher through this strange new place called the internet.

It's difficult for me to believe that this is same Washington Post that had the courage to stand behind Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. It's become a shadow of its former self.

But, enough about the past. Let's look forward to the future!

Good Luck, Mr. Froomkin. You will be missed.


Posted by: CynLynn | June 26, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

An appropriate end to years of blogging for WaPo, this recount of the major incidents. And it raises severe doubts among the readers, if the Post will manage to keep up the quality of its reporting without you. Without hiring a lot of new and fresh voices, this is not likely.

However, I'm sure we'll find you at another place soon. As you said: "As long as human beings are curious about each other and clamor for trusted information, there’s a place for us out there." So, it's not goodbye, only "see you later"! All the best, Dan.

Posted by: Gray62 | June 26, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Froomkin.

Keep on doing it!

Posted by: nodebris | June 26, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to seeing your next project Dan.

And with your departure from these pages, I depart the Washington Post as a reader and comment-poster.

I cannot continue to support with my patronage what Hiatt is doing to the Post.

Posted by: careysub | June 26, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

PS -- I also appreciate (but -- gotta say -- don't always enjoy) the same scrutiny you give to the Obama administration and look forward to following you in the future.

Good luck.

Posted by: dadada | June 26, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

I cannot thank you enough for your service to your country. You told the truth while your editors lied. I will not be visiting WaPo again. They have joined Fox and the Wash Times as a part of Neocon Central. I will watch for your next venture with anticipation. Please take care of yourself and your family. You, Dan Froomkin, are a national treasure.

Thank you,

David

Posted by: davidbn27 | June 26, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. The Post is making a big mistake--but it won't be their first or (probably) their last.
All best, whatever the future holds-
Drew

Posted by: dbitt | June 26, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Your columns were always the highlight of political discussion in the WaPo. Good luck and I will be looking forward to reading your analyses in the near future, as I have no doubt that you will be receiving several offers of employment.

Posted by: mauronia | June 26, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Thank you for being an independent voice against the hordes that for too long were mindlessly following the prior administration. Your posts illustrated the importance of having a free press that questions the powers that be, and I believe that your space was a driving force for the subsequent movement to bring the truth about the numerous abuses of the previous administration to light.

In addition, I have appreciated how you have worked to hold the new administration to its promises during the campaign, and have shown how it has gone off-track in continuing to follow some of the inexcusable policies of its predecessor. I look forward to seeing your work in another forum and wish you the best of luck in continuing your fine work.

Posted by: scott032 | June 26, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Very sorry to see you go; I am upset WaPo fired you. Your columns were by far the best at the paper; Will and Kraut are reliable polemicists for the right wing, but you do what journalists are supposed to do: expose, with links to support every major assertion, government lies, hypocracy and subterfuge. Nobody else's columns are really even in the same genre because you don't express an opinion but document the most reasonalbe conclusion based on the sources avaiable. This obviously does not sit well with the non-official offical stenographers who are content to provide "coverage" of major government announcements and events. I hope you continue your important work wherever you end up.

I am canceling my subscription somewhat out of anger but more out of a sense that there is not much left to read.

Posted by: NYCJosh1 | June 26, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS THE LAST TIME I WILL EVER SIGN ON TO WAPO.COM.

Froomkin was the only reason I ever visited this otherwise polluted propaganda rag.

There is no Truth in Pravda, and there is no News in Isvestia, and without Froomkin all the Washington Post has left is PROPAGANDA.

Mr. Hiatt I hope you and the conservative idiot savants here enjoy your spiral into irrelevancy.

Dear Fellow Froomkin Fans:

Tell the sponsors (I did)
http://home3.americanexpress.com/corp/pc/media_contacts.asp

Posted by: feckless | June 26, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. Christ, we get it, Dan.

Go spew somewhere else.

Posted by: enaughton27
***********
If you don't like the column, e, why are you bothering the rest of us?

Posted by: dbitt | June 26, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan!

Very much looking forward to your next endevour.

Cheers!

Posted by: tibra | June 26, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe your comments are better suited to a different forum. Glad to see you leave.

Posted by: ygbrown2001
*************
Jerk.

Posted by: dbitt | June 26, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

My big gratitude for what Dan has given me over the years, mixed with sadness.

I am all for Dan's list of those journalists on the right side, though I wish he added Robert Parry and his consortiumnews.com.

On top of my list of tribute is DemocracyNow with Amy Goodman. I am so awed by the fact that this unique news outlet came into being in the first place with so little in a defunct firehouse and still exists to this day that I can only describe the phenomenon in surreal terms, That Amy was sent down from Above with a flickering candle in hand to dispel the vast darkness spawned by the erroneously-called "mainstream" but correctly "corporate" media.

I hope Dan will pay attention to the happenings at DemocracyNow! illuminating the Dark Side and giving voice to so many voiceless.

All the good luck to Dan Froomkin with readiness to follow him wherever he lands, hopefully at a McClatchy.
Ben, New York

Posted by: kj412 | June 26, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan, for your great column and reporting over the last years. In recent years, your column was my only reason to come to the Washington Post website. Now that reason is gone! As so many others have commented, your analysis and insight helped sustain me during the sad years of the Bush administration, but I also very much appreciate your early and accurate insight into where the Obama administration was falling short of its promise, especially in the area of civil liberties, privacy, and the necessity to retreat from the Bush over-reach in the area of executive powers. I hope to be able to follow your columns whether at Nieman Watchdog or elsewhere.

Dan Carmell, Oakland, California

Posted by: dcarmell1 | June 26, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame to lose your voice here, which stood out amongst a fair amount of background noise in the WaPo political coverage. Looking forward to reading what you produce in the future.

Posted by: Seytom1 | June 26, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful. The tip of the cap to the WP at the end was sweet but the bridge had been properly burned in the paragraphs before. Best wishes Dan. It must have been tough swimming against the the group think that has characterized this town's press corps. Be certain that I'll continue to read you. The WP, not as much.

Posted by: keller1 | June 26, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Dear Dan,

You were the main reason (along with Tom Toles) I had the WaPo as my homepage. You did a real service to journalism and the nation with your courageous and accurate reporting. I wish you all the very best in you new endeavors. Know that I will follow you wherever you end up.

As for the WaPo, it will no longer be my homepage and I doubt I will visit as frequently. I am afraid that they have taken a "Col. Jessep" view toward their readers: "You can't handle the truth." A sad say for the Post, its readers, and a nation needs to hold its leaders accountable. It is a mere shadow of its former self, which is sad indeed.

Upon further reflection, with the passing of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, two of the cultural icons of my youth, I guess it is fitting that, as indicated by the departure of Froomkin, the WaPo of the "All the President's Men" Watergate era has clearly died as well. An era is truly passing in the span of a week.

Again, thank you, Dan, and may you continue to thrive in your new setting.

Dr. Cheese in WI

Posted by: DrCheeseinWI | June 26, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your superb columns, Dan, and for bringing such energy and integrity to your "watch" of the Bush administration.

Going forward, I hope you find the resolve to subject the new administration to careful, fair minded scrutiny, and resist the temptation to pull your punches.


Posted by: VirginiaIndependent | June 26, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Dan, good luck and always keep true to your values as an objective, concerned journalist, human being. I only began reading your columns in 2008 and have greatly appreciated your courageous criticisms of the Bush administration and willingness to criticize Obama when he is in the wrong.

One of the worst characteristics of the Bush-Cheney regime were the pronounced tendencies toward creating at least a quasi-authoritarian executive branch, the unitary executive or executive unitary form of government, whereby the federal executive branch is paramount, with the legislative and judicial branches largely subervient or deferential. This has been described by others, including Al Gore in his book "Assault on Reason."

While reading a book by Richard J Evans about the early years of the Nazis ruling Germany, I noted how two of the first civil liberties to be trampled in Germany were the government intercepting private communications and asserting the government had he right to keep people suspected of being enemies of the state in prison indefinitely, without trial or charges formally brought against them. Bush and Cheney asserted the executive branch, under their leadership, had the right to similar authority. I am not saying the Bush-Cheney regime was overall like the Nazis, but certain parallels seem obvious, as well as disturbing.

What also bothers me about the Bush-Cheney era was how thoroughly most people in Congress of both parties, the media and public supported and/or acquiesced in these steps toward an authoritarian regime in our country. Democrats in Congress were especially disappointing, caving in almost every occasion Bush demanded this or that, refusing to begin impeachment proceedings, called upon by some progressives, as well as a few constitutional conservatives, against Bush and Cheney.

Obviously we can not fairly assess Obama as president yet. Hardly anyone could have foreseen how Bush would have turned out after only five months or even a year as president.

However, Obama, who I enthusiastically supported and voted for, seems too deferential toward certain special interest groups, Democratic "leaders" in Congress, the CIA, military, etc. This has been evident in the economic "stimulus" bill, financial regulatory "reform," refusal to prosecute wrongdoing, possible war crimes by some people in the Bush administration, maintenance of state secret rationale in court cases covering up past misdeeds, probably being willing to abandon past promises/policies advocated about health care reform to get a bill, even a weak bill enacted, escalating military intervention in Afghanistan.

While many liberals and progressives in the media seem reluctant to criticize Obama, we need more journalists like you, willing to write about, point out where Obama, as well as any president, may have bad policies or positive policies.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 26, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Lament for Froomkin
Back in the days of Bradley and Bernstein
The Washington Post had the readers' esteem.
Now featuring Krauthhammer and Will
There's little to read but drivel and swill.

Acres of newsprint for dunces and bumpkins
And no more room for worthy Froomkins?
The Post used to adorn the room you dine in;
The new edition's more suitable for birdcage lining.

Posted by: jcnossiter | June 26, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

A great run, Dan! I look forward to see what the next chapter is in your journalistic career.

Posted by: JPRS | June 26, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

dear dan:

thanks for the great work. it will be missed. hopefully we'll get to follow your work elsewhere.

you call your work "accountability journalism". it seems to me that is what journalism should be about. it shouldn't have to be labeled like that. maybe we ought to label the most common journalism as "celebrity journalism" or "trivial journalism" or "stenography journalism."

the post is making a huge mistake.

i wish you the best

Posted by: epdude | June 26, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Dan, thanks for all your efforts to get the facts to the American people, all the while fighting your bosses to do it. Where ever you land, I'll keep reading your columns.

The WaPo is being removed from my boomarks.

Posted by: LilyNW | June 26, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
You have been great. Please keep the purveyors of weakness & deception in the spotlight. Please continue to enrage their lackeys, who are just meant to serve these weak politicians. The idiots will always whine.

Keep up the good work & truth will prove to be the light & cure that we need. Look forward to your next work.

Lastly, your words are too kind for the WP. Then again, I am sure Hyatt has convinced himself that removing Gerson & Krauthammer would elitic a much larger uproar. It would elitic crickets. WP has nothing left to offer.

Posted by: nameit23 | June 26, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your great work. WaPo's loss, big time. We'll be on the lookout for your updates at whitehousewatch.

Posted by: merelymyopinion | June 26, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for being a consumate professional. I always thought it was laughable that your column was categorized as opinion, when what you provided was access to facts. Facts do not become opinion simply because they contradict what we are told by elected officials/MSM. I was often outraged and frustrated after reading your column - the truth does hurt - but was grateful for tireless effort to provide access to the facts.

I will miss WaPo, but I'm afraid its journalistic integrity died a long time ago.

Good luck and godspeed! Please keep tilting at windmills.

Posted by: kfitz1 | June 26, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Dan -- Thanks for the excellent reporting, which was particularly notable given the unwillingness of the Post as an institution to tackle the obvious questions of the Bush era. Good luck wherever you wind up next.

Posted by: jpbelmondo | June 26, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

An eloquent sign-off that, true to form, didn't pull punches. The ludicrous internal WaPo debate about whether you are a "reporter" or "opinionator" defines them more than you. You're journalist. I'm not sure anymore what the Post is.

Many, many thanks. I know we'll soon be reading you again.

Posted by: satortist | June 26, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your great work and good luck for your future endeavour :-)

Posted by: fh500 | June 26, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

To the great Mr. Froomkin. As a loyal Froomkinian, where you go I will follow. Thanks for the articles. I stayed up way to late to read them. Good luck my friend and keep the reports coming.

Posted by: hayden1 | June 26, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Dan - Your editors are idiots. your commentary was valuable and will be greatly missed. I don't understand how they can get rid of your column - one of the most read items on the Post's website. MORONS! Will the last REAL journalist please turn off the lights when you leave the building??!!

Posted by: paulaann25 | June 26, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

I've followed you for years. You were one of the few, and first, to shine a spotlight on the Bush administration's recklessness.

Your departure from the Washington Post is a shame and will only further undermine any legitimate or serious reporting at the paper. You have appropriately challenged the mainstream media, which was cowed into the mistaken belief during the Bush Administration that *every* issue must be presented with both sides given equal weight even when, as you note, it is obvious to all that the emperor may have no clothes. Regardless of party, the President should be subjected to intense scrutiny and challenge by the Fourth Estate.

I am looking forward to your next endeavor. Keep it real.

Posted by: lftwng | June 26, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sad thing to see happen.

I will catch you on the rebound, Dan. It will be a lot better than this gig.

Posted by: PatD1 | June 26, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan, for outing the Bushies and now the Obama administration. I began reading the Post online about 10 years ago. I read the national and international news and "White House Watch". I never read Krauthammer, Will, or any of the other editorial/opinion page writers/bloggers. They have zero credibility, their inane ideas have been disproven by events.

I'll now join most of the other commenters in removing my link to the Washington Post.

Posted by: frazeysburger | June 26, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan, for outing the Bushies and now the Obama administration. I began reading the Post online about 10 years ago. I read the national and international news and "White House Watch". I never read Krauthammer, Will, or any of the other editorial/opinion page writers/bloggers. They have zero credibility, their inane ideas have been disproven by events.

I'll now join most of the other commenters in removing my link to the Washington Post.

Posted by: frazeysburger | June 26, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Thank you so very much for the work you have done over the past few years. I cannot put into words how much I have learned from you and how much I appreciate you for it.

I began reading your column in 2004 and today will be the last day I visit the Washington Post website. This is truly a sad day for the journalism profession because you are one of the last true professional journalists.

I will follow you and your writing wherever you go.

Posted by: truebluetexan | June 26, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Dan:

thanks for keeping true to your journalistic integrity. Looking forward to reading and following wherever you land. The Post is making the biggest mistake every.

Regards

George Gonzalez
Orlando, FL

Posted by: georgeg1011 | June 26, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Lots of room for right wing nuts: Krauthammer, Kristol, Will, Parker, Kagen, Gerson, Fred Hiatt.

Lots of room for boring middle of the road hacks with nothing bold or insightful to say while Bush ran the country into a ditch: Applebaum, Broder, Cohen, Diehl, Samuelson, Hoagland, Ignatius, Kinsley, Marcus, Milbank.

No room for the one writer on the Post with a sharp critique for those in power from a Left perspective, whether the one is power is Bush or Obama.

We’ll miss you, Danny. There’s less and less reason to turn to the Post at all.

Posted by: HankNTennessee | June 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Dan's departure is just one more nail in the coffin of a dead for left newspaper.

Posted by: heyesirs | June 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

What can you say about a media, pointedly the Washington Post, that sabotages and silences the voices of truth like yourself, Mr. Froomkin, to make room for the lying, insidious and dangerous neocons that make up most of the opinion pages now.
that is the truth failure of the media and why they are dying off.

Posted by: greenbug2 | June 26, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

And I'd like to thank the dittoheads who've posted on this thread, just so as to remind us of the nature of the never-ending know-nothing threats to the nation.

Posted by: Stan_Krute | June 26, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you were the only reason I was still reading the WP. The editorial page is now so far to the right, you were the only one keeping it honest. I will now delete the WP from my bookmark bar and sign off. I am certain that you will do well in your future career.

Posted by: vgiguere | June 26, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Froomkin, now that you are no longer writing for the Washington Post I have no reason to keep that bookmark. I'll be looking out to see where you show up next, and hope to be reading your insightful commentary again soon. Thanks for all your years of speaking truth to power. Best wishes for the future.

Posted by: Marion-in-Savannah | June 26, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Dan, it was because of your column that I came to washingtonpost.com and discovered the writings of E.J. Dionne, Eugene Robinson and Chris Cilliza. While I admire them and enjoy them, when I could consume no other media in the day, I always made sure I got my White House Watch. This is a grave mistake on the part of the Post. I don't know if I'll continue to patron the website, but I'd even read the National Enquirer if it had your column!

Posted by: veeve | June 26, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

It is the Post's loss and ours. As our mainstream media goes more "Pravda" we need voices like yours more than ever. Good luck, and I'll be looking for your blog/byline/book or whatever. Thanks for telling the truth.

Posted by: deepsouth | June 26, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Dan! don't look back the ship is sinking and your getten of a the right time.

Posted by: Woodstocknative | June 26, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan:
Good luck! The WP does not deserve someone
of your integrity. They deserve the insane
dribbles of people like Krauthammer.

This will be my last visit to WP. I urge
other regular readers to boycott the WP
altogether.

Posted by: whisperwizard | June 26, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Dan

Because of you and your unbiased truly more jounalistic approach. That had proven too be by far, better than the "so-called" real jounalists!

Your little dim light in the era of "The Bush Administration" bravely stood his ground and reported the truth so well that it indeed imtimidated those "so-called real jounalists" to the very core of their being.

When they went after you for the title of your column I knew then that a "change" was coming and that change was...

Because of you probably hundreds of thousands came over here to the WaPo for the last eight years, just so that they could get that glimse of reality check that you so bravely and unbiased stood for with each and every column you wrote about "The Bush Administration" stirred up the movement of the "American People" and thus Barrack Obama became our 44th President.

And as The President has been telling us is...This election wasn't about him it was about us "The American People"

Something we must remember when the unified neo-cons conservatives comes out swinging at this man's policies. They are actually swinging at us "The American People"... Obama is not trying to run up deficits as the previous buffoon did.

But, enough of the fight we are about to embark on with the Neo-cons and their conservatives republicans infidels

This is your day and yes a sad day but not for you and not for us your followers whom will follow you, no matter!

Prehaps, that was your job and you have completed it "above success" so now it's time for you and us your followers to move on...

However, I must make this shout-out because we look out for "ours" just as you do 'yours'

And this man has a family so for whatever reason, not only is this man GREAT AT WRITING he also has a family

Dan's number one reference:

His followers and there are thousands of us. You better believe it was his column that help kept WaPo stock options up!

So here's my last shout out fore I too am moving on

TO THE INTERNET BLOGS OUT THERE IF YOU WANT AN ESTABLISH COLUMNIST AND HIS THOUSAND OF FOLLOWERS TO MAKE YOUR WEBSITE A POPULAR HIT -

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT OUR MAN DAN!

I LOVE YOU MAN!

Posted by: danson1 | June 26, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dan,

I think yor're giving the WaPo a better shake than they gave you...in other words, you're the winner. Thanks for calling it like it was and good luck with future endeavors.

My next endeavor? Pressing the delete button for the Washington Post link.

Posted by: snakedoctor | June 26, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. You will be missed. WAPO will be poorer for your absence whether they realize it or not.

Posted by: debpavek | June 26, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Adios, LOSER!
Dont let the proverbial door hit you in the butt, on the way out......
And about that emperor has no clothes line---that would be you!
Thanks for the romper room insights and the laughs, as you will be missed for your unintentional humor.

Posted by: merley1 | June 26, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Fred Hiatt must be on cloud 9. He gets to fire Froomkin and Michael Jackson dies on the same day.

Posted by: August30 | June 26, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Hi Dan,

Thanks for the great work and you will be sorely missed. My visits to Washingtonpost.com will dramatically reduce because of your departure. Shame on your editors, especially Mr. Hiatt for letting you go. It is one thing to say, they do not want you but to say that traffic has gone down is a lie. If they have any credibility, they will show us the data to prove it.

Posted by: rpalanivelu | June 26, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how it's not clear to EVERYONE here that Froomkin was only on the WaPo's payroll to be an attack dog against the Bush Administration. Once Obama (WaPo's hero) became President, his usefullness ended. That's about all there is to it, no more, no less.

Posted by: nestor21 | June 26, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan! You have been a bright light in a dim, fading brown light. I've been reading the WP since the Kennedy days and have gradually ratcheted down to a few and then one select columnist, you. I, too am deleting the WP link.

Of course will follow your thinking in another venue. Have a wonderful sabbatical.

Posted by: rain39 | June 26, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you have been a beacon for the last 4 years I have read your column.
You have set a high standard for all other journalists to follow. You will be greatly missed in the WAPO pages, and so will I, for this is my last visit to their website. The mgm't of this paper seems to have hitched it's wagon to the neocons engine just as it plummets off the cliff, and I hope they are buckled in, even though the landing makes seatbelts superfluous!

Posted by: pablo1 | June 26, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan for your insightful, interesting, thought provoking columns. Since you and Eugene Robinson were the only people I read on the Washington Post, I will miss you; I truly hope you find something even better. And I also hope that the Post reconsiders their right wing tendencies.

Posted by: gprather1 | June 26, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your great work, Dan!

I hope to see you soon elsewhere.

Posted by: Seekonk | June 26, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Uuuhh to all you creeps that makes my skin flesh crawl...

Why don't you get a life. You are like roaches you feed off anything life, death, and everything in between.

Fred Hiatt send your watchdogs away. We have a right to salute the Greatness without your creeps coming over here

OOOOHHH I HATE REPUBLICANS MEN - GET RID OF THE LITTLE PETERS ONCE AND FOR ALL!!

Posted by: danson1 | June 26, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse


Thank you, Dan, for all the great work you've done in uncovering this disaster known as George W. Bush.

I hope you're still around when the establishment tries to white wash his abysmal career as president. We'll need then again, too.

(I'm thinking of how great it was going for Nixon's image rehabilitation until those under-reported tapes showed up last week. I'm also thinking how the North Carolina Legislature chose to honor Sen. Jesse Helms as a "great man" just a few weeks ago in Raleigh. For shame!)

Sadly, I have no confidence in the MSM. All we need is one more Rupert Murdoch (can that be Mr. Hiatt?) and credible news gathering will die an ugly death. In public.


Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | June 26, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan for your efforts to hold the Bush administration accountable for its actions.

I'll be departing from the Post as well since your column was the only thing worth reading in the paper.

Posted by: cozmic | June 26, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

...and what's with Howard Kurtz and Michelle Malkin? Are they having an affair? Someone needs to ride Howie's tail ASAP, the loser.

Posted by: August30 | June 26, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Great job, Dan.

There have been many times over the past eight years when I've looked at the media with abject disgust. It's not just that they are not doing the job - they are not even paying lip service to what the task of journalism is supposed to be. Your blog has been a noteworthy exception to this rule, and that, of course, is why the Post is getting rid of you. Fred Hiatt and co. think that the purpose of the Post is to be to provide propaganda coverage for American exceptionalism and the neocon agenda of imperialism.

I'm sure we'll see you resurface soon, and you can count on your loyal readers bookmarking your new site. It will be a little better when you work for an employer who isn't intent on hiding your work.

Posted by: rick_desper | June 26, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Froomkin,

You are a great American. If you ever pass through Birmingham, the beer and pizza is on me!

John C.

Posted by: jncrenshaw | June 26, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan! I'll be sure to check in at your websites, and will follow your work wherever you land.

Posted by: TEL1 | June 26, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Man, can't believe it's come to this. Thank you, Dan. You're a great journalist and you've done a great service to your nation. The Post is a lesser newspaper without you. Best of luck and I look forward to reading you at your new home.

Posted by: astrayer | June 26, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Could not have survived the Bush years without you. Will continue to follow your writing where ever you go.

Posted by: goldersgreen | June 26, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan!

Your gracious words regarding the WaPo were finer than they deserve.

I'll be reading you where ever you end up.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | June 26, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Good luck and thanks for the sanity.

Another bookmark reference has been changed from washingtonpost.com the http://whitehousewatch.com/

Posted by: porsillo | June 26, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan.

You were the best. Hardly ever missed your column during the Bush years. I particularly enjoyed the last year or two when you led off your column with a pointed editorial that structured recent news stories and weblinks in an instructive way.

I look forward to reading you again.

Best,
a longtime fan

Posted by: calendo | June 26, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye and good riddance you jackass!

Posted by: hmgcpa52 | June 26, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Dan, thanks for the last 5 yrs.

"If I ever had any doubt, your words have further inspired me to continue doing accountability journalism. My plan is to take a few weeks off before embarking upon my next endeavor -- but when I do, I hope you'll join me."

Few weeks off? That's too long. But we'll wait if we have to. As far as WAPO and Fred Hiat are concerned. they can go to hell. This will be my last visit.

Sam L

Posted by: Ashlhay | June 26, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

This is sad. What a loss for this newspaper. I came to washingtonpost.com everyday because of your column. Your intelligent writing and analysis is without equal.

Posted by: jwyzalek | June 26, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Godspeed, Dan! Looking forward to what you'll be doing in the future.

The Washington Post should be ashamed of itself for dismissing you. It was a colossally stupid decision, from both an editorial and business perspective. I suspect history will not be kind to Fred Hiatt and his tenure at the paper's helm.

Posted by: patgilford | June 26, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan, for all of your excellent, thoughtful and incisive writing. Please realize that today's heartfelt article, your last, was one of your best.

I don't know which was the bigger shock, your leaving the WP or the WP letting you leave. If your leaving was primarily the WP's decision, it will stand as one journalism's biggest mistakes.

Enjoy, if you can, your time away, and when you return, wherever that may be, I hope I finds you. Peace.

Posted by: kjaba | June 26, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"I started my column in January 2004, and one dominant theme quickly emerged: That George W. Bush was truly the proverbial emperor with no clothes."

That was your dead horse, and you beat it relentlessly, regardless of whether it was true.

Good riddance, you small, small man.

Posted by: wapo9 | June 26, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Well we got rid of Dan Froomkin now if we can just get rid of Dan Snyder this place will start looking up...

Posted by: sovine08 | June 26, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
Thanks for all the hard work you have put into telling the real stories as opposed to the ones peddled by your papers peers and supposed editors. Simply put this paper has drifted farther and farther to the right and is afraid of you. That's all there is to it...you're better at doing your job and so, so many of them are republican loving, 24 hour news cycle, drudge/politico suck ups. I personally am looking forward to reading you somewhere else so I can avoid the stink of Novak, Will, Hiatt, Krauthammer, Broder too name a few of the 'winners'....oh yes I forgot about the loathsome Debra Howell. So good luck to you on your new venture and the WAPO's loss in your talent and their loss of my subscription. Good riddance to alot of bad rubbish.

Posted by: patrickinIL | June 26, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the honest, thoughtful reporting. You were never afraid to tell it like it is whether you were talking about a Republican or a Democrat, Bush or Obama. You were one of my last reasons for coming to the WashPost site, can't wait to follow you to your next endeavor.

Posted by: younglady | June 26, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

You must be completely invigorated to be starting a new chapter. It will be good.

Your termination has been the single biggest event initiating dialogue about the nature of contemporary press and whether it can serve an essential purpose in democracy.

I hope that you can facilitate that extremely important dialogue by commenting as a first hand observer in the way the news room and editorial board works and what it values.

Posted by: NeilSagan | June 26, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan. The Post is cutting itself off at the knees in losing you.


Posted by: maxim678504 | June 26, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I'll be checking your site to see where you'll be writing. It's also sad to lose The Washington Post and see it become another Wall Street Journal or worse. I have not clicked on to The Post since I read that they had decided your column had "run its course"--or whatever dumb thing they said.

Thanks for all the analysis, especially during the Bush year; it kept many of us sane.

Posted by: Barbara5 | June 26, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan for all of your great work. I will have no need to visit the Washington Post anymore, since it is just a shill for people who have been wrong about most of the issues the last eight years. But, of course, they still have jobs. Crony capitalism at work!

Posted by: alanrsnipes | June 26, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Once again, Dan, heartfelt thanks (and thanks especially for the personal email response, wholly unexpected!). I don't exaggerate when I say I could not have gotten through the Bush presidency without this column. I have no idea what is behind your dismissal, but it sure isn't the Post's best interests. Look forward to seeing you in print elsewhere.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Chris Fox
Woodinville, WA

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 26, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

I know you will land somewhere as soon as you want, and I would suggest TPM if they have any scratch or, better yet, a Post competitor.

But if I could suggest the title of your next post wherever you land, how about "Froomkin Lives!"?

Thank you for your work! And goodbye Post! Unlike Dan Froomkin, we will not often see you again.

Posted by: rpmcginn | June 26, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Your firing must be part of the war on journalism being waged by the extreme right.
The line up at WaPo has become very sketchy. You were the best of the lot.
Will seek out your writing.
As for WaPo..the demise of a great institution is too painful to watch.

Posted by: ronnivic | June 26, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Your column was often the only reason I picked up the POST. Now ...?

Roger Evans
New York

Posted by: roger18 | June 26, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

These neocon-loving scumbums don't deserve you, Dan. Watch as all newspapers self-immolate before our eyes. What fun! See you on the intertubes, Dan!
OleHippieChick
aka sales3
Signing out of Wapoo right now and never signing back in.

Posted by: sales3 | June 26, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Greetings Dan,
I am so sad to see you go. Please enjoy a short rest and then get back to work ASAP in some forum that will be available to me and the rest of your followers. How about a cable news show in Olbermann's second hour? Just a thought. Whatever you do I know it will be done at the highest level. I wish all the best to you and your family. So long, RickR.

Posted by: rlrobertsmdphd | June 26, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

See:
Gene Weingarten commenting on a question about DF's firing:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/06/11/DI2009061101717.html

Weingarten writes:

"the issue, I think, was whether he was as informed and qualified to opine as people who had been actively covering the White House for years."

This issue may have been very interesting to WaPo insiders, but to people reading the website it his very much simpler. Whether or not insiders felt he was "qualified to opine", his work did the talking and he has been correct an awful lot of the time.

It seems as though access journalists like Bob Woodward just can't stand the fact that DF consistently outsmarted them by reading and thinking critically rather than doing whatever they do.

Posted by: oncebitten | June 26, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Um, Dan, we still haven't gotten a credible reason why you are going. As you said, White House Watch was "working just fine." Will anyone at the Post have the courage to come forward with the real explanation? What do your worthy (former) colleagues Barton, Jo, Dana, and Walter think of this? And you forgot to add Rajiv C. to that list!

Posted by: jeromebelgium | June 26, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Dan, Thank you for the work you did here and thank you for the work you will do elsewhere.

Washington Post, Goodbye.

Posted by: TSearl | June 26, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

It's hard to believe that the Post, the same mighty battleship that sank the U.S.S. Nixon, is being slowly reduced to a silly right-wing parade float. Capt. Bradlee would have promoted you!

Good luck, and I'll be reading.

Posted by: archer070 | June 26, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I'm signing off the WaPo along with you and I encourage others to do the same. I wish the NYTimes would pick up your column. Speak truth to power. The work you did on Bush was vitally important.

Posted by: gposner | June 26, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan, for all you've done - especially when it was NOT easy or even safe to be writing what you did.

Shame on the Washington Post - a once-great paper now slumped into a neocon oblivion.

Posted by: SC54HI | June 26, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I have read your column everyday since you started. Many days I was in awe of your ability to read and digest all the b.s. coming out of the Bush administration. What a strong stomach you have! Thank-you for a job well done and best of luck to you!

Posted by: catsmom | June 26, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. After reading this ridiculous column, I can't help but think things will be better of without you. Yes, Obama the Saint. No he's just firing inspector generals because he cares. He's just subverting the auto companies not to help the unions, but for America. God bless him, and you too.

Posted by: motownlivs | June 26, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Good luck! I will read you wherever you end up. The Post has really taken a sharp downturn lately: the BS drivel Hiatt serves up as editorials, Milbank shilling and covering for the failures of the establishment, and the Post reporters generally being too lazy to think critically about problems or questions when instead they can just paraphrase Republican talking points. The Post has gone from my first read that I savored for hours to something I skim quickly after having gone to several other real news sources first. Your firing is just emblematic of their fall...

Posted by: senkiri | June 26, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Many, many thanks.

Posted by: applestuff | June 26, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan. I've never commented before, but was a regular reader of your column. While I frequently read the WaPo for other news, I have been so disappointed with their handling of your column and their reticence to buck the neocon line that I will be getting my news from elsewhere in the future.

Posted by: wcoastpark | June 26, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I can see it now. Fred Hiatt is on Chuck "Strangelove" Krauthammer's lap gently sucking on his tit. Krauthammer looks lovingly at Hiatt's eyes and softy says "you did good, freddie.", as he plants a firm kiss on Hiatt's open mouth.

Posted by: August30 | June 26, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing has a really foul odor to it. Brauchli, Bradlee, Bennett and Woodward are all going to go pee on the Graham's graves to celebrate. Who will they get to replace Dan? Judy Miller?

Posted by: heyesirs | June 26, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for everything Dan, You've been a blessing and a Light in the dark. I posted my protest In the Ombudsman’s column announcing your departure, so I won’t repeat my thoughts on the WAPO’s shortsightedness. I await the new format for your Opinions, analysis and Links where ever you may offer it. Thanks again Dan for offering us a clear looking glass.

“Got Froomkin?” WAPO Don’t

Posted by: leftkoast | June 26, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan,
Looking forward to reading your future columns.
As for the WaPo-goodbye from a reader since 1963--I hope you are satisfied with the neo-con agenda you have chosen.

Posted by: phillyphanatic56 | June 26, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you were a breath of (badly needed) fresh air when you began your column. Thanks for keeping me sane.

I subscribed to the WaPo for over 30 years, but no more. Our nation is possibly on the brink of disaster and we can no longer afford to read op-eds from people who have a long record of failure.

I will email you so you can keep me informed of your plans.

Best!

Posted by: Trakker | June 26, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your hard work, Dan. It's been greatly appreciated.

Posted by: gmcduluth | June 26, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The Post is increasingly and rapidly becoming the Faux News of the written and online press. It's a damn shame that the likes of Krauthammer, who parades the bankrupt, dangerous and utterly stupid neo-con movement like the 2nd Coming, or Broder, the pablum-spewer-in-chief, who still believes that conservatism is the strength of America - these people and way too many others like them are becoming the "meat" of WaPo. It used to be a great newspaper, a worthy competitor of the NYT, but now it's just another right wing hack job. Katherine Graham must be rolling all over in her grave.

Posted by: washpost16 | June 26, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan! I am truly sorry to see you go--I plan to follow you wherever you end up. As one earlier poster said, you were an island of sanity, particularly during the Bush years but also continuing with Obama. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Posted by: sham1 | June 26, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

When you stir up a swamp, it starts to stink. Those causing the stink will try to blame it on the one doing the stirring, when it is in fact they who are rotting.

Thanks for stirring up the swamp, Dan. Keep doin' it, wherever you go.

Posted by: MichaelInDurham | June 26, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Dan, thanks for all the work you've done the past few years, speaking truth to Bush43 and Obama44.

Happy Trails!

See you down the road.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | June 26, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Dan we will follow you wherever you end up. Thank you for being there through the ugly years.

"Hopefully, the next time the nation faces a grave national security crisis, we will listen to the people who were right, not the people who were wrong, and heed those who reported the truth, not those who served as stenographers to liars."

You are graceful enough to compliment WP, but I am going to say sadly they didn't want anyone reporting the truth.

Best of luck, and thank you!

Posted by: dogsbestfriend | June 26, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Dan - by speaking truth to power and holding it accoutable you've earned my loyalty. I'll be reading you wherever you go. Thanks and best wishes.

Posted by: DCDave48 | June 26, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse


Dan, many thanks for all the great reporting and analysis you've given us over the years!

Now that the Washington Post is going down the tubes, I hope whatever progressive news organization steps in to take its place will consider putting you on the masthead.

Good luck and "Vaya Con Chile Verde!" as we say here in New Mexico.

Posted by: JC505 | June 26, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan,
I have read 99.9% of you WHW columns and am looking forward to your next endeavor. Clearly accountabilty journalism has a market (just not at the WaPo offices). Keep calling Bu**Sh** when you see it.
Good Luck

Posted by: cjensen37 | June 26, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan, for keeping the faith, carrying the water, holding up the lens and being the boy in the crowd yelling at the Emperor. I am sure you had some hard and difficult moments, so thanks for standing strong. With the loss of your column, WaPo moves further away from speaking truth to power. May you be greatly blessed in your future endeavors. I salute you as a great writer and a patriot.

Posted by: ddzeke | June 26, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone curious how Chuckie Kruathammer has sex with his wife? Now that's a mental image you don't want.

Posted by: August30 | June 26, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

I just want to say THANKS for your excellent work.

I hope to read you soon somewhere else. All the best!

Posted by: gcaal | June 26, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you will be missed.

However, your parting shot at the President with this statement is absolutely despicable:

We should be holding him to the highest standards – and there are plenty of places where we should be pushing back. Just for starters, there are a lot of hugely important but unanswered questions about his Afghanistan policy, his financial rescue plans, and his turnaround on transparency.

1) Afghanistan policy.....forced upon him by guess who

2) Financial rescue plans obstructed by ........guess who (hint: Sanders digging in Argentine meet but refusing to use stimulus money to stimulate)

3) Turn around about transparency.....there is so much that people unwilling to look will never see it. Of course there will be issues THAT CAN NOT BE PUT OUT THERE FOR ANYBODY AND EVERYBODY TO LOOK AT.

So, in parting you discredit your otherwise pretty good reputation. There you go, fool

Posted by: mackiejw | June 26, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for five+ years of excellent journalism.

Posted by: Hvordan | June 26, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Thank you for your work. I have no further reason to visit this website.

Posted by: pdxgoat | June 26, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your great work, Dan. Hope to see your writing soon on a more appreciative platform.

It's not very encouraging to realize the WaPo, which used to be such a bastion of good journalism, is retreating into partisan hackery of the right-wing variety. How else to explain your being laid off versus keeping the repetitive, predictable Krauthammer; the arrogant, fact-free Will; and the ideological neo-economist Samuelson?

Posted by: dljm | June 26, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. Except for the positive words directed at WaPo, I agree with everything you said. WaPo's editorial board is a joke. A tragic, soul-sucking joke.

Posted by: BlahBlahBlah314 | June 26, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time I've checked back to the WaPo.com: they're going to need to re-earn my clicks.

Thanks for your work - looking forward to your next steps.

And thanks for being among the very, very, very few to dare to blast Tim Russert, perhaps the most over-esteemed DC-cocktail circuit Establishmentarian who never made anything publicly useful of the privileged platform he possessed beyond pitching reliable softballs to Power and rehabilitating disgraced plagerists.

Posted by: jimimhendrix | June 26, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan- you have been great.
I do not think that the WaPo-Times is a great newspaper. It is run by a bunch of wingnut hacks who have been wrong about pretty much everything for over a decade.

But I;ll be adding whitehousewatch to my bookmarks, & deleting the WaPo.

Posted by: durk2 | June 26, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Froomkin,

Be careful. Woodward's chauffeur may just have to get out of Bob's limo and slap you in the face for calling a spade a spade and a D.C.-Georgetown Cocktail Party Diva a D.C.-Georgetown Cocktail Party Diva.

Wonder how that Skull & Bonesman Milbank will dress to mock the truth and Post readers in his next piece of YouTube theater.

Five bucks says Lally Weymouth and Charlie The Kraut will appear merely to drink champagne and mock the readership.

Posted by: MarkinJC | June 26, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

In today's media business, there are very few writers employed by mainstream media that speak truth to power provocatively. Now there is one less. You really provided a breath of fresh air to a publication that is rapidly devolving into the equivalent of print mayonaise along with the rest of traditional MSM.

Posted by: sbrandt1 | June 26, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you were my main man and yours was the column I couldn't wait to read everyday, especially during the Bush disaster. When the rest of the reporters/journalists were refusing to ask Bush, et al the questions that had to be asked you were the person we turned to for the truth and facts. Thank you for all your great work. Best wishes always.

Posted by: rmsunnyl | June 26, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm very sorry to hear you're leaving the newspaper. I enjoyed reading your articles and blogs over the last few years. I've always found you to be well informed and able to provide a unique view of the Bush presidency. I wish you well and hope you will continue to work as a journalist. The work you have been doing is important. All the best.

Posted by: lemoip | June 26, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Froomkin. As others have said, "onward and upward." You were the only reason I had to look at the Post anymore, a paper I once followed closely. I look forward to your work wherever you write next. All the best to you.

Posted by: tlocke | June 26, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Good luck and thank you for your great works at WaPo. It's indeed a great loss for many of us that appreciate your reporting that represents the best of journalism. It's hard to understand why, even though the ideology of this newspaper seems to be shifting; they can't embrace a different voice like yours that actually make WaPo more like a trusted institution that it used to be.

Posted by: ych1911 | June 26, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

when treasury sec john connally switched from dem to rep just in time for nixon to tank, tx dem sen ralph yarborough said it was 'the only known case of the rat climbing aboard the sinking ship.'

when pat buchanan famously said the rep party had deserted him and he was gonna run independent, mn dem sen gene mccarthy said it was 'the only known case of the sinking ship deserting the rat.'

now with froomkin getting kicked off the 'washington post,' it is the first case of the rats and the sinking ship together expelling the ratcatcher...

Posted by: natty-bumppo | June 26, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan

Your coverage has been refreshing amongst the increasing news dross - your's has been a great summary of US politics for a regular international visitor.

Wacko WaPo. Little point in returning here.

Looking forward to following you elsewhere Dan.

Pete, NZ

Posted by: pdgnz | June 26, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Yours was one of the few blogs I read regularly on the Washington Post website. One less reason to visit now...

Posted by: MrDarwin | June 26, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Great work Dan, I'll be following up with you wherever you land!

I've canceled my subscription to the Post after having it for more than a decade.

It seems the Post is imploding rapidly.

Posted by: lasdfjaldsfjasdlf | June 26, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

They say that only the good die young, Dan.

Luckily, you're so good that you will no doubt get to be reborn.

Posted by: gregdiamondlovestolesandmissesfroomkin | June 26, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan, for years of terrific work. I look forward to reading you wherever you go.

And shame on the Post for a remarkably dumb and insulting decision, even for them.

Posted by: Janine1 | June 26, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'd add the lies about Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch to your list.

Best of luck to you, Dan...


Posted by: wkristol | June 26, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all that you've done here Dan. We look forward to your next adventure.

-30-

Posted by: msp81 | June 26, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan. Like many here, this is my first time posted. You will be missed and you were a beacon of light for me during all those horrible Bush years.

Live Long and Prosper!

Posted by: RoseHillFreedomFighter | June 26, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I just signed in to comment for the first time in forever to wish you the best. With your departure, I can't think of one more reason to ever open the Post again!

I sent an email to your gmail account to make sure I link up again...

Posted by: InquisitiveRaven | June 26, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd add the lies about Pat Tillman and Jessica Lynch to your list.

Best of luck to you, Dan...


Posted by: wkristol | June 26, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

In his Farewell Address, George Washington cautioned, "In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened."

Mr. Froomkin, many thanks for your dedicated public service here. Don't stay away too long; you are needed.

Posted by: interiorview | June 26, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Sure WaPo I'll sign in, but only to post this comment.

Will be following your column wherever you land, Mr. Froomkin.

Posted by: NatalieF | June 26, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

A worthy final column. Am looking forward to reading you online elsewhere. I'll be removing WAPO bookmark and looking elsewhere for political news. WAPO might as well sell themselves to the Rev. Moon now.

Thank you.

Posted by: Dorothy1 | June 26, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
Thank you for your brand of accountability journalish which kept me sane in the GWB years and holding Obama's Admin to the same standards. I've been a daily reader of White House Briefing turned White House Watch since 2004, so I'm going to have some Froomkin withdrawal symptoms over the next few weeks. May your next blogosphere home be more appreciative and deserving of your talents. All the best.

Posted by: dijamo | June 26, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
Thank you for your brand of accountability journalism which kept me sane in the GWB years and holding Obama's Admin to the same standards. I've been a daily reader of White House Briefing turned White House Watch since 2004, so I'm going to have some Froomkin withdrawal symptoms over the next few weeks. May your next blogosphere home be more appreciative and deserving of your talents. All the best.

Posted by: dijamo | June 26, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you will be dearly missed. This is such a loss for the Post and all its readers. It's beyond me why this paper maintains its stable of inane neocons like Krauthammer while letting you go. Wishing you even grater success with whatever lies ahead!

Posted by: SP5209 | June 26, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Dan I don't know what to say. You're column has been a staple in my news diet for so very long. During the Bush era, you were THE go to guy for the truth in White House coverage, and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart, for all you have done over the years. Your contributions to truth in journalism this decade have been immeasurable, and I hope to see you again soon, in print. God's speed.

Charles W. Gray
Knoxville, TN

Posted by: CharlesWGray | June 26, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU DAN FROOMKIN. Thank you not only for consistently illustrating the dangerous mendacity of Bush, Cheney, Addington, Kristol, Hiatt, etc.

But further, thank you for keeping the feet of the "progressive" press to the fire.

Nobody does it better; I feel sorry for the rest. :)

I will be following you wherever you decide to go next--as will the legion of commenters above and below me. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your heroic, patriotic work--and all done with a sense of humor to boot.

Posted by: OctoberLanguage | June 26, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan and good luck to you. T oyour everlasting credit, you were among the first to publicly call out Bush and his cronies for their despicable conduct.

The people who dismiss you as just another partisan Bush Basher simply don't get it. Facts matter. Reality matters.

Posted by: simpleton1 | June 26, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all your great work, Dan!

There were so many times during the Bush years when the mainstream media seemed to be averting their eyes and refusing to ask the tough questions. Your blog took the opposite approach and shined a bright spotlight on the administration. It was rigorous, well-researched, factually correct, and fair. I always came away from it feeling better informed. Please keep up the good work and keep holding governments accountable, wherever you go from here.

Posted by: hastingst | June 26, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Dan - You were at the top of my feed list, and I'm looking forward to reading you on whitehousewatch.com!

Posted by: gaines1 | June 26, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Why is WaPo so scared after pulling the trigger? They fire Froomkin without justification, order radio silence after the hit, and then terminate the column before the given date. Shameful, disgraceful and cowardly.

I don't think I'll even bother to see whether Andy Alexander gets around to posting about your firing, or how long it takes WaPo to shut down the comments section when erasing them isn't good enough.

Shame on you, Washington Post. You create the whirlwind, and run scared when it bites back. Heaven help you when you need some Watergate-style backbone to run a real story...

Posted by: brownbagger46 | June 26, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

You're too kind to the WaPo. If they had put Pincus on page 1, where he deserved to be, perhaps a few Democratic Senators who weren't running for President would have read the NIE a little beyond the deceptive summary.

The WaPo has lost credibility -- a good deal of it -- by getting rid of you.

Thanks for all you're hard work, and I look forward to reading it again soon.

Posted by: RealCalGal | June 26, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan, for being that honest man that Diogenes searched for with a lantern in the day's light.

Only two reasons left to visit WaPo: Ezra Klein and Greg Sargeant. I expect they'll be thrown on the neocon bonfire soon that WaPo keeps fueled with lies, misinformation, and third-grade analysis.

I'll be looking for you wherever you land, and continue here with Ezra and Greg until they are consigned to obscurity by removing any internal links to their work, and finally fired because they 'didn't attract an audience'.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | June 26, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time I've ever posted here, Dan. It's also the last time I'll be visiting The Washington Post's site. Your column has been the ONLY political source worth reading at the paper. Filled with facts. A cross-section of opinions (with nifty links!). You stood for sanity, for truth and for the rights of the people impacted by the flim-flam men and women in Washington. While the rest of the paper reported from FantasyLand, you somehow found your niche in America. You're going to be missed, son. All the best and know you have a readership who'll find you wherever you resurface. Best.

Posted by: naha | June 26, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan,

Your writing has been some of the most informative and accurate I have frequented over the last few years. I hate to see you go as there are so very few voices of reason, common sense, and integrity out there any more. I lost a lot of respect for the Washington Post over their decision to let you go and for their pushing forward far less genuine and far less intelligent columnists over the last few years. I guess I will have to look elsewhere to keep informed.

Posted by: bastanow | June 26, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"Hopefully, the next time the nation faces a grave national security crisis, we will listen to the people who were right, not the people who were wrong, and heed those who reported the truth, not those who served as stenographers to liars"

Hear Hear! I will definitely miss your columns in the post, and your willingness to addresss ISSUES rather making it about sides or false objectivity at the expense of truth. I will also definitely be wfollowing whatever your next venture is. Thank you.

Posted by: jenms | June 26, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It's only fitting that the corporate controlled right wing hacks at the Washington Post get rid of their best journalist. Mr. Froomkin's integrity stuck out like a sore thumb at the bastion of bull.

Posted by: timebanded | June 26, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your work, Mr. Froomkin. Our country is better for it. I look forward to reading your future work elsewhere. Well done, and best wishes.

Posted by: Okonkolo | June 26, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

The Post has really blown it here. Good luck to you Dan, I will look for your great work wherever it is published. At least you won't have to endure the stench of garbage churned out by Krauthammer, Kristol and Gerson anymore.

Posted by: marSF | June 26, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Mr. Froomkin. I know that, wherever you wind up, you'll continue your fine work and I'll continue to follow it.
I wish I were as optimistic about the future of the Post. As a 62-year old native Washingtonian, the Post has always been part of my life and an important influence on my world-view. No longer. I always wonder what Mrs. Graham would think of what the Post has become: the major organ of a thoroughly-discredited and not very sophisticated neoconservatism. Any paper that gives pride of place to hacks like Kristol and Krauthammer is not a great newspaper anymore, it's an in-house newsletter.
I'll track you down elsewhere, just as I'll track down Dionne and Robinson. The next sound you hear is me deleting my WaPo bookmark.
Best wishes.

Posted by: mgorman1 | June 26, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye, WaPo. Given the quality(?) of the editoral/opinion writers you choose to keep, I can think of no reason to visit your website.

See you elsewhere, Dan. Soon, I hope.

Posted by: CatelynK | June 26, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

So long, Dan. We won't be seeing you in the funny paper any longer.

Now, get thee to a real reporting outfit!

Posted by: BurningFeet | June 26, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Thank You for your service, in the name of truth. While it may seem to be easy to be free of delusion, to peer through the false masks of deception, so many get lost in the clouds in their attempt, but not you. You may walk away with pride.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | June 26, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

http://whitehousewatch.com <-- bookmarked

http://washingtonpost.com <---- deleted

Thanks for all your previous work,Dan ... looking forward to reading you again as soon as possible.

Best regards,

Posted by: WileQuixote | June 26, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan Froomkin, for every column you wrote. I can still remember discovering your work as I searched around the web during the Bush years looking for those few and far between voices that were standing up to the Bush administration, its lying ways, while also documenting the failure of much of the mainstream press to do so.

I think your columns created the very best kind of "paper" trail, and I'll be keeping an eye out for wherever you next turn up.

Posted by: jk_adan | June 26, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with your new position. Those of us who have followed your work closely will miss you, and hope you can keep the heat on the people in power. The WaPo is really a sad excuse for a news organization, and would rather be stenographers for the liars than reporting the truth.

Posted by: crp3 | June 26, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for everything Dan. Good luck.

Good-bye WaPo. No reason to come back here ever again.

Posted by: AlSwearengen | June 26, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

What a total jackass! Good- bye and good riddance. MAabe the WaPo can salvage some credibility. But I doubt it.

Posted by: hmccard | June 26, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clear voice and the digging. During the W years I made it a point to read your column and follow the links. There was an incredible load of good information and insight, and direct links to source material.

Bravo and best of luck in the futire.

Posted by: roboturkey | June 26, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Bush bashing not selling papers like it used to?

bye bye...

Posted by: alstl | June 26, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

WaPo has become nothing more than bullhorn for right-wing neocon crap.


They're stuck in a time warp where they're motto is: "Conservatives always know best" - which is exactly why they spent the last eight years chewing up and spitting out all of BushCo's lies without asking any serious questions of them. They only ask serious questions (fake right-wing "concern") of Democrats and Democratic Presidents. They did it with Bill Clinton and now they're doing it to Presdent Obama.


Just look at their "Editorial" page", it's garbage. It 3/4 full of a bunch of right-wing lunatic fringe, angry old rich Republican white guys.


RIP WaPo - you deserve to die.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 26, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

What I see looking back was a biased hack who was obsessed with blaming everything on Bush and then later being a slavish bootlicker for Obama. Now that Bush is gone the reporter with no clothes is outed as a biased hack with nothing to say and no inclination to tell the truth about this president who was a media creation. GOOD RIDDANCE HACK!

Posted by: pwaa | June 26, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I forgot to add a thank you for your sly dig at the Church of Russert.

Posted by: mgorman1 | June 26, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan, for keeping us all sane - if somewhat enraged - during the Bush years. I don't think I missed a single column during the last four years of the regime. And oh how I hated the days you were on vacation, when I went for my afternoon Froomkin fix.

While you're thanking the outstanding journalists that got it right, let's not forget the McClatchy guys (Landay & Strobel).

Posted by: lesliekjo | June 26, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Dan. You have proven to be a giant in journalism. Best of luck. I see where you won the Wings of Justice Award for your great deeds. http://blog.buzzflash.com/honors/184

Posted by: crubel | June 26, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Next stop for Froomkin? Oblivion and well deserved too.....

Posted by: pwaa | June 26, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Dan, your new freedom has freed me as well. The day that it was announced you had been let go from the Washington Post, I removed the Post bookmarks from my computer. Why was I bookmarking a publication that had ceased to represent a valuable journalistic voice? Your colleagues had long ago abandoned the type of accountability journalism that the Founding Fathers envisioned as critical to maintaining honest government. All of the Post writers, regardless of supposed political affiliation, were merely feeding at the Beltway trough--more concerned with accessibility than accountability. Why waste my time?

I look forward to reading your columns in a new venue. Never cease to hold them accountable--the Republicans, the Democrats, and those who call themselves journalists. Good luck.

Posted by: grayslady | June 26, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Dan, on top of being a superb, truth-obsessed journalist, you are also a patriot. Only someone who passionately loved the United States of America and everything it stands for as enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights could write the columns you have written, day after day.

Thank you for all your hard work. I and hundreds of thousands (millions?) of others look forward to your next venture in journalism, whatever it is.

Posted by: unojklhh1 | June 26, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama has brought us to the verge of war with north korea, dead iranians in the streets fighting for freedom and Obama could care less and what would froomkins article probably be about? Yep, some screed on Bush. That is why he was canned and deservedly so.

Posted by: pwaa | June 26, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan -- and best of luck in your future endeavors. Your tireless, dogged, insightful reporting made White House Watch my go-to page at the WaPo site. I look forward to reading your future work, wherever you land next.

To the Post: goodbye and good riddance.

Posted by: MITE | June 26, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for reminding me these past years what I once loved about journalism--and what we've lost. I'll be following you to your new digs.

Posted by: BlueDog1 | June 26, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The fact that a talentless hack like Froomkin couldn't even survive at a place like the WaPo speaks volumes for his lack of talent and acumen. I mean, Good God, they kept E.J. Dionne over this guy.

Enjoy Minneapolis, or Seattle or Portland or Burlington. Or Meridian, MS.

Posted by: hmccard | June 26, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Like many of the others, when you leave the WaPo, I leave with you.

Thanks so much for your columns.

Posted by: stewart_penketh | June 26, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

The Post is a good paper, but screws it up royally now and then. We'll miss your input to the op-ed page, but I'll catch you on your new site!

Posted by: knuckles1 | June 26, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I appreciated having someone doing the job of scouring the media for those who practiced investigative journalism and believed in demanding accountability from officials. You contributed a lot of value to the website, and the Washington Post was getting a real bargain.

Fare well, but not good-bye.

Posted by: j2hess | June 26, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Dan, thanks for being one of the few mainstream media people to actually call the Bushies out for their misrule and flaunting of the laws and Constitution. And like many other posters, I am not planning on coming back to the WP site after this. I hope your firing causes Tom Toles to get the h--- out as soon as he can (assuming Hyatt doesn't fire him too first).

Posted by: east75 | June 26, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Good bye WaPo. I gladly took you off my reading list.

Hello, Dan, and to what will no doubt be a most successful future on the web.

-jr

Posted by: squashrichardson | June 26, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Bad move, WaPo. I'll be visiting the site less frequently now.

Posted by: tbnews2 | June 26, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to a great journalist. The Washington Post is the loser in this one, with a capital L. I will continue reading Froomkin's work wherever it appears. I've actually stopped bothering with the predictable neoconservative stuff being offered by the Washington Post.

Posted by: ejs2 | June 26, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan for the hard work you've done over the years, and for making my last visit ever to the Washington Post website a pleasant one.

Posted by: drakowski | June 26, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

You did a good job here, Dan. Will be watching for you to resurface elsewhere!

Best always.

Posted by: TexMacRae | June 26, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

i'll be looking for your next gig. I really appreciate the work you did for the Post, you taught me things I didn't know, and taught me more about things I wanted to do more about for a lot of years. That's an invaluable service, and I'll miss seeing your work at the Post.

Posted by: timscanlon | June 26, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Good job, Dan. Thank you.

Posted by: Boomslang | June 26, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm very grateful for your work and will follow you in your new endeavors. The Post's treatment of you has been a very sad thing to witness but you've been classy all the way.

Posted by: schujo | June 26, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Bye, Fromkin!!!! You've been identified as a non-observant, self-hating Jew. Get over youself. Get a real job.

Posted by: wagtdn | June 26, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Dan, enjoy your breather, but don't stay away TOO long. You're needed.

PS: While I wish you'd included a couple more names (Greenwald and Horton) on your list of folks who -- like you -- spoke truth to power during the last eight years, I'm delighted that you assigned Woodward and Russert to their proper place among those who DIDN'T.

Posted by: whenpigsfly | June 26, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. I really appreciated your column. If you don't mind me calling it a blog, it was one of the first that I began reading, and it's pointed me to so many other good blogs. Until I got rather thinly spread among them I read yours daily and still now often. I really appreciated your coverage of the White House and your questioning and criticism of Bush policies (and lies), something that was oh so lacking in the mainstream press. Good luck with your new endeavor. You are a dedicated journalist, and with this lemon of a turn of events you will make lemonade. Look forward to reading your stuff soon again!

Posted by: aghorn | June 26, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

You were a beacon of light. After I write this I'm deleting my Washington Post bookmark.

Posted by: wcrockett | June 26, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Gonna miss you here man. No one else could do what you did...as well as you did it.

Will keep a lookout for you elsewhere though. Best of luck!

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | June 26, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Dan, as so many readers have commented, yours was the first and sometimes the only piece I read in the Post. Thank you for your great and honest reporting on Bush. I look forward to reading your reporting on Obama in a venue that rewards honesty and achievement. So please do post your new web home on WhiteHouseWatch.com.

Thank you again for the wonderful work.

Pam

Posted by: peck3 | June 26, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Along with SO many others, I, too, thank you, Dan, for your reporting, your fine writing, and I will miss you on the WAPO pages, although, because you aren't going to be there anymore, I will likely be reading it much, much less.
You are bookmarked for me at Nieman Watchdog and I am looking forward to continue hearing truth to power from you.
Thanks again for helping me through the nightmare of the Bush years.

Posted by: cms1 | June 26, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Dan,
You've done great work here and now will do great work elsewhere. Many thanks! I'll check on whitehousewatch.com to see when you get it going. Don't be surprised if reporters from The Post read it too, just to find out what is really going on!

Posted by: allenofwoodhaven | June 26, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Enough with all the doom in
These posts of grief and gloom when
Old Dan will soon resume...then
We're reading Mr. Froomkin.

No more can we presume in-
Nocent Penn-Avenue men
Who prowl the Oval Room, when
We're reading Mr. Froomkin.

No more will we consume spin
Nor truthfulness assume when
We are the people whom been
Still reading Mr. Froomkin.

Posted by: imback | June 26, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for everything, Dan. I'll be watching eagerly for your next online incarnation. And just FYI, I for one would be happy to pay for access. I just contributed to Glenn Greenwald's blog, my first online contribution, and I value your work as much as his.

And now I'm going to sign off from my Washington Post account, and then delete my bookmarks and links. I won't be returning. Fred Hiatt and his neocon crew can eat me - as can their hired monkey, that despicable coward of an "ombudsman" Andrew Alexander.

People like them are the reason that the mainstream media is dying. I know I'll feel more than a little schadenfreude when the Post finally goes under. And not one iota of pity.

Posted by: PMaranci | June 26, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Always appreciated your integrity Dan. Your column was the reason I logged on to the WA Post every day.

Best of luck in the next chapter of your life. Look forward to reading your words once again.

Posted by: samantha3 | June 26, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan, for the light you have shed on the Presidency, on the Bush Administration (above all!), and on the Washington press corps at its worst and its best. You've done readers a great service with this column and blog. You've continued in the footsteps of I.F. Stone, and done his memory proud. Godspeed!

Posted by: edwardwolf | June 26, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

All kidding aside, Dan, you're a mensch. Like many others have said, your column kept me sane when it seemed the rest of the world had lost its collective mind in just rolling over and playing dead during the Bush regime's dismantling of nearly everything America stands for--freedom of speech, no surveillance of American citizens without court approval, a non-partisan Justice department, opposition to torture, support for human rights, a strong and independent CIA, no use of the military unless America's security is directly threatened... you name it, they tried to kill it. But, thanks to you, they had to make the attempt under a bright glare instead of the comforting darkness those types favor.

You're a damn fine journalist, Dan, one of the best the Post ever had or ever will. (Years from now, I suspect students of journalism will look back upon your departure here as a bellwether event--a key indicator of when the terminal decline of this once-revered newspaper became irreversible. I truly mean that.) And what's equally important, you're an American patriot to the core. You did everything anyone could ask of a reporter: you vigorously revealed and explained the threats facing this country by those in power, and in so doing you helped America to withstand them. We as a country are deeply in your debt for that.

What more is there to say? Volumes. However, it looks like you'll be spending those weeks off having to read through these hundreds of missives, so let me just add in closing:

Well done, sir. Well done!

Posted by: whatmeregister | June 26, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

annnd... there goes the last reason I had for reading the Washington Post regularly. Dan Froomkin is one of only a half dozen folks left at the Post who are worthy of its storied reputation. Where he goes, my online traffic and/or daily newspaper budget goes too

Posted by: Heywood21 | June 26, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your diligence, helping to train me where to look for factual information, and for providing links for some of my best laughs for the day. I look forward to reading your columns wherever you end up. (I've already added niemanwatchdog.org to my list of sites)

Posted by: mriles | June 26, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

"A government of laws, and not of men."

Thanks for holding feet to the fire on torture, so to speak, no matter who was in the office.

Posted by: mcd410x | June 26, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't agree more with you about the piss-poor job the press did of holding the Bush Administration accountable - especially in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq - and agree with the list of people that you listed that got it right - as far as it goes.

But, you left some important names off that list such as Amy Goodman and DemocracyNow, the team at McClatchy (formerly Knight Ridder) that stood out for their hard question, Bill Moyers (excellent as always), and Phil Donahue.

Posted by: Johnbo | June 26, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance you partisan hack. Frankly I can't believe you lasted this long, with how little journalistic integrity you showed. Maybe if this newspaper hadn't kept "journalists" like you around for so long, they wouldn't be hemorrhaging cash. But they did, and their credibility is now in the toilet because of "journalists" like you spewing nonsense and lies. Have a nice life.

Posted by: octopi213 | June 26, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

Thanks for all the great columns. You're a bright light in a dim environment. All the best, and I will be one of the many who will follow your work in it's new venue. Go Nieman Watchdog!

As for the WaPo, well they have their name, but that's about it.

Thanks again.

Posted by: protagoras | June 26, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the columns, Dan. Your column was a beacon of sanity in some unsettling times. I look forward to following your work elsewhere; despite your diplomatic words, the few voices worth listening to at WaPo can be heard elsewhere, so I won't be returning here. Best of luck to you...

Posted by: jetchs | June 26, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

@ srw3 | June 26, 2009 11:34 AM

Love the Babe Ruth trade analogy! Keep hitting those home runs, Dan!!!!

Posted by: org2 | June 26, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I think BDS finally did Froomkin in. Bush leaving the presidency was probably the worst thing that could have happened to Dan. Such is the lot of a one trick pony.

Posted by: inhk1 | June 26, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Alas, poor Froomkin.
From a vox clamantis in deserto — a single voice, crying in the Post 9/11 wilderness — to a single voice, sans WaPo.
Guess I'll take the WaPo bookmark off my bookmark bar.
No reason to come here anymore, to read the failed pundits of yore who somehow made the cut, while Dan did not.
From Watergate to this...Marx was right about at least one thing, at the WaPo, history repeats itself as farce.
I will see you where you land, Mr. Froomkin.
And be proud of yourself, for a job well done.

Posted by: solongfroom | June 26, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for all the fine columns, Dan. Your columns were a must read at a time when no other journalist seemed willing to stand up and report on the misrepresentations and egregious lies of the previous administration. For that many are grateful.

I wish you and your family the best and I look forward to reading your work elsewhere.

Posted by: ecat124 | June 26, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Many other comments have expressed my deep disappointment over the decision to drop Dan's column. It was my sole must-read every day and insured that I visited the Post online. Dan consistently performed the best journalism practices holding government officials and journalists accountable. He also leveraged the power of web links in a compelling and innovative way to provide a broad view of events and to support his perspectives. I just wanted to add my voice as a way of thanking him for his outstanding work over the years. Thanks, Dan! I might also add that I've been watching with dismay for years the decline of newspapers after leaving a career as a print journalist for an academic career. The sad stories of misinformed newspaper executives seeing newer technologies as a threat rather than an opportunity have been key lessons for how not to deal with change. Sadly, the WaPo powers that be seem to be destined to become another case study about how short-sighted management failed to embrace the possibilities of newer media and thus undermined their own viability. Why they would also reject outstanding journalism is a mystery to me.

Posted by: posull1 | June 26, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see that the Post finally put a link to Froomkin's column on the front page. What a shame they waited until his last column to do it.

Good luck, Dan. I'll be waiting to hear where you land.

Posted by: pmorlan1 | June 26, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck, Dan Froomkin!
I know you will find a new outlet that appreciates you as much as your readership does.
I also know I look forward to following your words from your new endeavor.

Posted by: plvordr | June 26, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Excellent column, as usual. (I came back -- via TPM -- solely to read this piece, but am otherwise done with the Post.)
Best wishes, Dan. I'll be delighted to follow you to your new home.

Posted by: ally1 | June 26, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for the fine work, and I look forward to reading you wherever you end up.

Posted by: Hopeful9 | June 26, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Great work, Dan. Your straight talk will be missed.

Whoever's left at the Post please turn off the lights. This old dog is ready to be put down

Posted by: cucafish | June 26, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Greetings Dan,
I applaud your past efforts and look forward to following your writing in the future. Let us (your readers) know if there is anything we can do to help.
Best of luck in the future.

Posted by: bolisalindalae | June 26, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I would add my appreciation for your outstanding reporting over the past few years. I do not share your optimism about the future of the Post.

This too, is my last visit to the Post's web site. I hope they share all of these comments with the Advertising Department.

Al Lowe

Posted by: alowe18 | June 26, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

We only have ourselves to blame for this.

We can huff and puff and point fingers, but all evidence points to the fact that this was a business decision based on the declining interest, presumably among us liberals, to subject Obama to the same scrutiny as Bush. Thus the empty rooms at the latest netroots convention. We've rested on our laurels so long we've become indolent, and this has cost Dan his job.

Today we learn that Obama wants an order to detain suspected terrorists indefinitely, a la Bush. We need Dan as much as ever.

This is OUR fault.

Posted by: BGard | June 26, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Lies, lies, and more damn lies.

Well Dan, look who is lying now!

I dare you to look.

Posted by: sgi1 | June 27, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Dan,
I'll be looking forward to reading your work at your new location, wherever that may be.

WaPo - can't wait to see who Fred Hiatt chooses to fill this spot. Mark Sanford, maybe?

Posted by: BradW_S | June 27, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

All the best to you, Dan. Enjoy the time off, but please hurry and make a landing!

Posted by: TuiMel | June 27, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

To the foolish who let Dan go. Just how far in the tank for the fading Neocons will the WaPo go ? You have gotten rid of one of the best features in you site.

I look forward to seeing where Dan lands and if it ends up costing the WaPo. Dan was a real journalist in the best tradition of the term. Something the WaPo has been lacking more and more.

Posted by: SmileySam | June 27, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Let me add my name to the guestbook and say, Great job.

I thought you were a little too knee-jerk against moderates and conservatives on occasion, and you built my hopes too high during the Valerie Plame indictment suspense.

But there's no doubt your talents are transferable and you'll have news sites bidding for you. Hope to follow you again in the near future.

Posted by: tjk2 | June 27, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Good luck Dan where ever you wind up it will be one of my daily "must reads".

Posted by: markswisshelm | June 27, 2009 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Dan,
There are times when one is fired for being successful, this is yours.

I have truly appreciated your objectivity and insight in explaining the White House and beltway politics during a period where rational people question their sanity.

Your opposition to torture demands a Pulitzer - once they recognize that journalism is also online.

Rest assured we'll meet again very soon and you'll be in a much better place.

Best wishes,

Posted by: boscobobb | June 27, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your fine work, Dan. I look forward to more.

Posted by: fiver5 | June 27, 2009 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your excellent work. You were always my first, and many times, my only stop at the WaPo.

Posted by: dirich1111 | June 27, 2009 5:04 AM | Report abuse

Well Dan, as we say in the Navy, I wish you "Fair Winds and Following Seas." Your work was enormously appreciated.

Posted by: rlg3526 | June 27, 2009 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Dan: Thank you for sterling work over the years - the Bush years!. I am sorry to see you being let go, and a stable of neocons being space to publish swill. But the Post is all about op-eds from the right. Whatever must Katherine Graham think?

I am confident that you will find a way to keep talking to us and I stand ready to help. Just ask.

Posted by: bitterpill8 | June 27, 2009 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Who's going to tell Obama he's in his underwear, and it's tattered?

If Bush had handlers who didn't tell him the truth, the Obama handlers are light-years ahead of them, performing stealth magic all over the planet.

At the end of the day, Obama is just a boy, not even American born, a pretender to the throne, and a sad one at that. He just wants someone to like him.

Too bad he didn't have a father figure. Too bad he's looking to reconcile the absence of his father with a spread of everyone else's wealth. He thinks if he does that, everyone will be the same. No, we are not the same, and will not be the same.

I grew up as an AMERICAN, and I know exactly what it means to be an AMERICAN, and I can spot someone who is NOT AMERICAN a mile away. Obama is NOT AMERICAN. He is clearly not from here. Forget his looks, ethnicity or birth place. He JUST ISN'T AMERICAN. Think about that word, then try and put the image of Obama in it's place. It doesn't work. The two don't line up. He's nothing more than a sad caricature of a man who can't find his own way, and is being handled like a puppet by Rham Emanuel. I hope this puppet show closes soon. It's not even entertaining. It's a scary freak show.
politicat@verizon.net

Posted by: CMcK-Troiano | June 27, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Froomkin's investigative writing will be sorely missed by this reader. More and more I find the opinions page of the Post to be missing a range of ideas and the dropping of this column will leave a void and only make my dependence on the local paper less.
I hope there is a blog-o-sphere grand announcement when he starts publishing elsewhere. My time not spent at the Post will be willingly spent there.

Posted by: gleeindc | June 27, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Good work, Dan. I hesitate to name other worthwhile resources at the WaPo, because that might shorten their tenure while WaPo loads up on more Gersons and Krauthammers and Wills and other feather-brains.

I'm mostly off to That Other Paper and to Google News and Memorandom. Let us know where to find you.

Posted by: frodot | June 27, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Froomkin for providing a shining example of how real journalism is done and not the useless celebrity stenography we usually get.

Posted by: phoenix6xx | June 27, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Dan - You have been the shining light for the past several years. I will follow you and am very disappointed in the Post. Best of everything and thanks for everything.

Posted by: klmcgin | June 27, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Dan, yours has been a rare voice through these last years, the one place to get a critique backed up by context and facts. The Post editorial board is cutting their noses off to spite their faces. We are now left with George Will, Charles Krauthammer, and whatever other right wing hacks who want a free megaphone. Context and facts be damned. I'll honor your service by deleting my link to WaPo as soon as I hit submit. Do take care. We'll be watching for you elsewhere.

Posted by: crckt | June 27, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye, Dan. I, and many others, are going to miss you.

But it didn't take some of us until after the Bush era ended to see that his administration was about kicking the can down the road.

Posted by: F_L_Palmer | June 27, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your work at the WaPo. I'll definitely continue to follow you on the net. Don't think I'll waste much more time on the Post op-ed pages, though. Inconvenient truths are clearly not welcome in the Neocon Hall of Shame.

Posted by: SteinslandRune | June 27, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I'll be reading you at your next place.Now the Post is down to three writers I follow,Ezra,Greg and Gene.

Posted by: par4 | June 27, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan for the clarity amid insanity for far too many years. I, too consider this my last visit to the WP. Nothing to see here...move on.

Posted by: lubecpat1 | June 27, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I'm looking forward to following you wherever you're writing.

You graciously say The Post, my trusted news source for 26 years, will always be great. I'm not so sure, but I know you'll be rising higher. Thanks for holding truth above power.

Posted by: jhbyer | June 27, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Dan,

The Post has forever forfeited a massive amount of its credibility in letting you go. It is no longer a paper of record. I will follow you to your new location (How about TPM or HuffPo?)

Posted by: blueingreen | June 27, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"Today's column is my last for The Washington Post."

And this is likely my last visit to the WaPo.

Posted by: sherifffruitfly | June 27, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

One less reason to even click this site. Sad that like one comment I heard of Pravda on the Potomac. I haven't deleted WaPoo from favorites yet but I'm going to strive not to click it. And I will definitely not click an ad if I want to know about something I see here I will investigate via google. As long as corporate policy seems to be radical stupidity I am going to view WaPoo as the new FauxNews something to be observed as one keeps an eye on a skunk lest you get sprayed not to engage intellectually. I'm only here now to wish Dan good luck in his new life post Post.

Posted by: elgunjduts | June 27, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan for you reporting in the past in the face of a corrupt and vindictive administration. I am talking about both the Bush Administration and the Washington Post Administration.

I am hoping to read you again soon in another venue.

Best of luck from a long time admirer who used to read the Washington Post.

Posted by: Tad4u | June 27, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Dan, one journalist to another, thanks for what you've done. Let us know where you land; I'm definitely following you there.

Posted by: lexalexander | June 27, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Don't let the screen door hit ya, comrade. You'll be fine--there are still plenty of people who would rather spend the next four years hearing you rant about Bush than focusing on the new Amerika.

Posted by: cjbmo | June 27, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I'm reading between the lines here, and actually I think the writing was on the wall as soon as Hiatt got authority over you.


However, the ombudsman implied that a big problem was that you didn't want to stop doing media criticism. Good for you for standing up for that. (And kudos to Jay Rosen, who last week in his interview with Glenn Greenwald, suggested this was the latest issue.) You pointed out that the King's fashion reporters duly described his splendid raiments even though they knew he was naked. The WaPo-- Bush's hometown newspaper-- just couldn't hear this. And you're saying that you're calling torture torture, no matter what the Post called it-- well, you signed your goodbye papers then.

And someday, your courage will be recognized-- but never by the fashion reporters here at the Post. (And I don't mean the ones in the Style section, who are pretty tough compared to the fashion editors in the Politics dept.)

We'll follow you wherever you go-- hope you tell us where soon!

And that ombudsman better start worrying about his own job. He wasn't supposed to say honestly that no one at the Post would answer his questions.

But anyway, you're better off off the Titanic this next year!

Posted by: lister1 | June 28, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan. You King among Jesters. I'll be looking forward to ur next moves.

Posted by: ohjamboree | June 28, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

Hundreds of comments here. How many people would care if Boring Broder, Dull Dionne, Mirthless Marcus and the right-wing nuts left? Washington Post, you are a huge disappointment. Dan, we will follow you anywhere.

Posted by: johnqpublic3 | June 28, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Just adding my ditto to everyone else's. You were literally the only reason I visited the WaPo's website.

The decision to fire arguably the most popular columnist on the website demonstrates something I've seen repeatedly throughout the media: it is more important to protect the media class itself from criticism than to serve readers. This goes so far that papers will ignore the effect on their own bottom line.

Posted by: grazer | June 28, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I think I just found one of the keys to Dan Froomkin's firing. That column he wrote about Bob Woodward's book was pretty brutally true and honest. Mr. Froomkin links to it in his final column, above. I've gathered that Mr. Woodward has a pretty high opinion of himself, which has continued to rise over the years even as his reporting has degenerated in exactly the way described by Froomkin. I'll bet Woodward has been campaigning for years to get rid of Froomkin.

Posted by: ejs2 | June 28, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for cranking out an excellent column for years, I really appreciated the way you tied your column to other web links which then provided me with a way to broaden my understanding of whatever issue you had highlighted in a limited space

Good luck to you, and even as you leave you gave me another great link to check out
www.niemanwatchdog.org.
Wishing you the best

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | June 28, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Dude, you can borrow my prybar any time.
Take a break.
Thanks for letting me know I wasn't insane and thanks for keeping it real.
I am very confident that you will be gainfully employed very soon.
Hopefully at a more competent employer.

Thanks again, this country needs an army of Froomkins.

Bustednuckles @ Ornery Bastard

Posted by: PhilipPaul | June 28, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

It's a sad, sad day for The Washington Post, and a very sad pronouncement on the judgment of the people who make these lame decisions. Dan Froomkin's column has been a beacon of light in a newspaper that appears to be growing dimmer by the day.

Posted by: EastofKansas | June 28, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for all you did Dan. I will continue to read you wherever you land.

And I have no obligation, as you did, to be so gracious toward your now former employer. Washington Post, you have made a huge mistake letting Dan go. Reporters like him are worth their weight in gold to the electorate, which deserves to be truly informed by journalism.

At a critical time in history, Dan was the only one in your pages challenging the Bush administration when it needed to be challenged, and he did so by marshaling the facts and connecting the dots. If your neocon editorial writers were even half as good at that as Dan, they'd be worth reading. Instead they rant, lie and distort doing all Americans a disservice.

As many others have said, I will rarely be returning to this web site. It now has such a poor signal to noise ratio that it is not worth the time.

Posted by: crlinder | June 28, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Dan, thanks for the great work over the years. I read you regularly from Down Under, where my wife and I immigrated in 2005 to escape the moral stain of participating in the Chimperor and realPresident Dick's reign of murder. I appreciated how you told the TRUTH about their evil deeds, and was looking forward to seeing you scorch Obama as he strayed.

I'm back in the U.S. this month for a holiday, and I spent a week at my mum's house in Maryland. (She's starting to go senile and is letting her house fall apart, including ignoring a mouse infestation in her food pantry and garage, which I helped muck out. She's also a hard-core Republican -- there is a correlation between mental malfunction and being a Gooper.) While there, I read the WaPoo, which she subscribes to (along with the Moonie Times.)

The Post is a sad shell of what it used to be. The width of the newsprint editon is 1/6 narrower than it used to be in the 1960s and 70s when I grew up reading it. The ad hole might be 25% of the paper -- down from the 66% it used to be. No more weekday business section. So many signs that it's a dying outfit.

That used to make me sad. Now, with your dismissal, I say "Let it die." You were one of the few voices at the paper who challenged the power structure. That's what journalists are supposed to do. When you get sacked, and always-wtong sycophants like Krauty, Will, Broder, Kristol et. al. stay on... What can I say? I'm 51 years old now, and I will live long enough to see the Post go out of business. Good riddance to right-wing rubbish.

P.S. While cleaning out the drawers of my deceased father's desk last week, I came across a copy of the final edition of the Washington Star. I used to think that was a tragedy (especially because it happened just before I graduated from journalism school at the University of Maryland, which totally queered the job market for me!) But now it's a forgotten footnote in news history. So will the demise of the Washington Post. I eagerly await that day, because it will mean Fred Hiatt has to join the unemployment line.

Posted by: Bukkonen | June 28, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The prez does indeed have a lot of balls in the air, but unfortunately what we need at this particular moment is a prez with a lot of balls. Jury's still out on that one.

Any way, thanks for everything ("embubbled"--that's great) and we hope to see you back in action soon.

Posted by: rbjones1 | June 28, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Dan _ Thank you for rising to the crisis that struck this nation when we suffered the double blow of Osama Bin Laden's crackpot terror, and the shameful ordeal of George W. Bush's Presidency. Rarely in the annals of journalism (IMO) has there been such a tour de force by a single individual offering a day by day collage and rigorous analysis of the highest matters of state.

That this occurred when the mainstream media sank into a cowardly funk rather than challenge the Bush Administration with the scrutiny it so deserved, makes it all the more remarkable. There was a long, long period when Dan Froomkin was the MVP of daily commentary, not just at the Washpost, but right across the media spectrum.

The Post's decision to fire you is sad, self-destructive, and a case of mismanagement on a Bushian scale. How could Post management not get what is so obvious to everyone who reads and respects your work?

Not the least sleazy part of it is the bogus rationalization peddled by management for this action. It's been glaringly obvious for a long period that digital Post was doing all it could to hide, diminish, and otherwise disrespect White House Watch. So the hit count rationale is transparent flim-flam. Much more likely, I think, the jealous complaints from the ink-and-paper reporters finally persuaded management to take the easy way out.

The idea that warring ideologies at the paper led to the ouster seems unlikely. However, one cannot similarly discount the terminal pique likely experienced by Fred Hyatt and his pro-war,spear-stomping cohort at having their follies dissected daily on Dr. Froomkin's operating table.
This seems such a short-sighted move that it portends a gloomy future in the Post's tough transition to The Daily Digital.

Be proud Mr. Froomkin, very proud. You'll be playing at a different venue but your readers will find and follow.

(AND BY THE WAY,DOES ANYONE OUT THERE WITH HOLLYWOOD CONNECTIONS AGREE THAT THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT SCRIPT? BRIGHT, ETHICAL YOUNG GUY WITH LIMITED JOURNALISM CREDENTIALS DISCOVERS HE HAS AN ARRAY OF TALENTS IDEALLY SUITED TO THE DIGITAL ERA KILLING NEWSPAPERS. ENJOYS METEORIC RISE TO NATIONAL PRESS PROMINENCE, WRITES A DYNAMITE DAILY COLUMN JOUSTING WITH A SECRETIVE WHITE HOUSE, FACES JEALOUSY AND SKULLDUGGERY IN THE NEWSROOM, GETS FIRED.
ACT lll: OUR HERO TAKES HIS BLOG TO RICHER PASTURES, LEAVING MANAGEMENT AT THE POST TO TWIST IN THE WIND AND WONDER IF THEY DID THE RIGHT THING. NO!)

Posted by: rockhound91 | June 28, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Dan!

I'll be following your writings wherever you end up.

Posted by: pclement1 | June 29, 2009 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Dear Dan, Thanks for your honesty in reporting. I always felt that you were fearless, and the WaPo is lessened by far by your departure.

Posted by: anson4h | June 29, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

The Post really blew it here.

You were and are one of the best.

Thank you for being a light in a storm, you have a hugely successful future ahead of you. The Post -- not so much.

Posted by: SouthFloridaLawyers | June 29, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I think Katharine Graham would have been proud of you.

Posted by: Pablo01 | June 29, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"But once Bush was gone and no criticism of The One is allowed, sadly you have no place at the table; the rest of the media can carry the water from here."

Clearly Ronjaboy is not familiar with the current cadre of columnists The Post has on staff as all they offer is criticism of Obama, warranted or not.

"Who's going to tell Obama he's in his underwear, and it's tattered?

If Bush had handlers who didn't tell him the truth, the Obama handlers are light-years ahead of them, performing stealth magic all over the planet.

At the end of the day, Obama is just a boy, not even American born, a pretender to the throne, and a sad one at that. He just wants someone to like him.

Too bad he didn't have a father figure. Too bad he's looking to reconcile the absence of his father with a spread of everyone else's wealth. He thinks if he does that, everyone will be the same. No, we are not the same, and will not be the same.

I grew up as an AMERICAN, and I know exactly what it means to be an AMERICAN, and I can spot someone who is NOT AMERICAN a mile away. Obama is NOT AMERICAN. He is clearly not from here. Forget his looks, ethnicity or birth place. He JUST ISN'T AMERICAN. Think about that word, then try and put the image of Obama in it's place. It doesn't work. The two don't line up. He's nothing more than a sad caricature of a man who can't find his own way, and is being handled like a puppet by Rham Emanuel. I hope this puppet show closes soon. It's not even entertaining. It's a scary freak show.
politicat@verizon.net"

Ummm... CMcK, in the words of C.J. Cregg, "wow, are you an idiot". It's kind of amazing you use a computer... the government spies on you through the monitor. Didn't you know that? And even your tin-foil hat cannot keep you safe.

Posted by: jenzinoh | June 29, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Dan. I will be following you wherever you go.

In your list of investigative reporters and writers who were telling us the truth about the Bush administration, you left out the late, great Molly Ivins, who was telling us the truth about GWB long before he was elected the first time.

Posted by: vklip | June 29, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for all of your hard work and excellent reporting, Dan. Your column has been the best thing about the WaPo as it has slowly turned into a right wing propaganda outlet. I'm appalled at what has become of this once great and objective paper and your departure is pretty near the final straw for me. Best of luck on all of your future endeavors. I've got your new site bookmarked.

Posted by: Chip_M | June 29, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Dear Dan,
Tragic that short-sighted newspaper bosses continue to ruin this great business by stupid moves like shutting your column down. For all these dark dangerous years you were one bright light, and I thank you sincerely. See you in the funny papers.

Posted by: lisap1 | June 29, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Dan, you are a true patriot and a true jouralist, what is it about those two credentials that the WaPo does not get?

Posted by: Stormharbinger | June 29, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

"The Post is no longer a great paper thanks to Fred Hiatt and his neocon buddies. A paper that lets a Dan Froomkin go yet keeps a lying George Will and a hysterically unbalanced Chas Kruthammer is not great; it's pathetic." Posted by: evenadog | June 26, 2009 11:43 AM

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Bush Lapdogs rule the WaPo.

Posted by: patriot76 | June 29, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* Day One of Froomkin withdrawal. Like a Froomkin vacation only worse.

Posted by: susan906 | June 29, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I want to take a moment to say,
Bye Bye Froomie!!!
You never really earned your pay,
Because your writings were too looney.

Posted by: alutz08 | June 29, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Agree with the below...

Dan...after reading your paragraph on Bush's lies, I realized you really werent all that good. A better journalist would have dug deeper to find the truth. Even the outing of a alleged CIA operative was false....She was neveran undercover anything anyway. Homework my little bearded sheep....homework

Posted by: alutz08 | June 29, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how it's not clear to EVERYONE here that Froomkin was only on the WaPo's payroll to be an attack dog against the Bush Administration. Once Obama (WaPo's hero) became President, his usefullness ended. That's about all there is to it, no more, no less.


So Froomiekins FAILED at his paid duty during the 2004 elections. And the Post graciously let him stay on for another 4 years until the next Presidential election.
Then a Democrat was put in office and Congress swung further left with sizable majorities.
So Froomkin and the Post declare 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!'

The problem is that Froomkin wrestled too much with his bias of favoring the left vs demand to keep with the "accountability watch." Granted Dan did the Democrats proud leading up to last November, Axlerod and Rahm can't afford to have ANY kind of dissenting views on their operations, thus the wheels were put into motion for the cancellation of Froomie's contract. The White House can't afford more notations of lack of transpancy when their upcoming bills are NOT POSTED FOR A 5 DAY MINIMUM PUBLIC REVIEW, before voting.

So far, Obama's administration has been far less than advertised, even more than Froomkin is willing to admit in is past daily diatribes, and the country will reap what we sow.

Posted by: alutz08 | June 29, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan, for keeping me somewhat sane during our long national nightmare. We still need you though.

Posted by: mberube | June 29, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Dan.

The Post is going downhill; if anytime is the right time to leave, it is now.

Posted by: cdamore1 | June 29, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Dan. You do important work and the Post should have treated you better. Good luck.

Posted by: teoandchive | June 29, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Froomkin's departure is welcome news to those patriots among us who are heavily invested in defense stocks and who are put at risk every time some damned Froomkin inveighs against America's noble history of spreading freedom, human rights and democracy at the point of a gun.

Good riddance, and please, oh please, pass that ammunition, boys!

Posted by: garyag | June 30, 2009 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan. You are well out of that neocon cesspit. I look forward to your next gig. Good luck with all!

And to Fred Hiatt:

Enjoy your "victory" over integrity and intelligence before it turns so very sour in your thinly pursed sneering lips.

Posted by: IndyInNH | June 30, 2009 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Just wanted to add my voice to those who have already said it, I'm disappointed the Washington Post is losing one of it's best voices.

One less reason to visit the Post's web sight.

Really too bad.

Posted by: ptrck | June 30, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Your column was why I read the Post. Now there is no reason, really. Will miss the cartoon collections too!! Best of luck wherever you land. That is what I will be reading, not the WAPO!

Posted by: samney | June 30, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

well, that is the trouble of being a 1-trick pony - once that schtick is gone, you got nothing to fall back on. i am sure you will find another echo chamber where you and your followers can bemoan the right.

don't let the door hit you on the back on the way out...

Posted by: funkey | June 30, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"...even George Bush enjoyed any number of accomplishments and successes..." - ???

ANY number? I've got one - 0.

Posted by: clouseau2 | June 30, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Deeply saddened and disappointed – Froomkin has been a daily read for me for years. At a time when there is an overwhelming volume of news, commentary, and information, his distillation has been invaluable. I admired his ability to follow the facts, trace story developments and provide context. I respected the post for supporting his journalism, for supporting someone who always looked beyond the stories provided by spinners or media consultants. I believe it’s a mistake for the post to break with that type of journalism as it’s more important now than ever. I will very much miss the Dan Froomkin’s efforts. White House Watch was the one thing that drew me to the Washington post daily. Even after vacations, I would print past articles to catch up. I have little reason spend time on WashingtonPost.com now, have lost a great deal of respect your paper and am utterly dismayed by what appears to be a lack of integrity by the post.

Dan – Thank you. I hope you’re able to continue this column or something similar elsewhere. I look forward to following your next endeavor.

Posted by: DSKing | June 30, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

For years, I looked forward to Dan's column, checking the site religiously around noon or 1pm to see when it was updated. Not only was it great media criticism (I found it generally more incisive than Howard Kurtz's column), but he had some really insightful commentary on politics.

Huge loss for the Post, and I'll be spending time at Dan's new host that I used to spend here.

Posted by: punkybrewster1 | June 30, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

All these comments by others express my sentiments than mine ever could, starting from a gratitude to Dan for what he has done for me with his sine-qua-none journalistic digests over the years. I too will leave this newspaper as a nestling would in due time. Oh, just as well. As consumers of news, we should find a place where we can use our own meager power of mouse-clicking to support and promote the kind of newspapers that have shown grit and wit in time of crisis. In my search for a replacement for wpost, I have found the McClatchy news outlet, one of the few that got it right about the calamitous misadventure into Iraq. You may check out:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/

Just imagine what difference it would've made if this once-venerable Washington Post and other so-called MSM had the ability and will to see things right before the Bush-Cheney cabal lunged into the Dark Side. I hope Dan will consider finding his next perch at McClatchys and help them make it to the top for the sake of America's sanity.

See you soon, Dan, wherever your new home may be.

Posted by: kj412 | June 30, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Dan,thank you for allowing me to express my opinion in your column.You have been very valuable in the publics right to know exactly what George W. Bush was doing while in office. Thank You wcoffey20@yahoo.com

Posted by: wcoffey20 | June 30, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Dan, You are what makes the Fourth Estate deserve the name. You have been a one-stop shop for me to understand how Pres. Bush and others in his administration betrayed the country. And I'm glad you're continuing to hold Pres. Obama to account as well.

It's a terrible shame the Washington Post doesn't sufficiently recognize your value -- political, moral, and economic. My eyeballs will spend more time at other media outlets (including wherever you land) and much less at the Post. A real shame.

Posted by: kennedys | July 1, 2009 4:26 AM | Report abuse

The Post is a better paper today. Period.

Posted by: mmourges | July 1, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Best of lick Dan. We will miss your candor!

Posted by: wiatrol | July 1, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Adios.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | July 1, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

"Bush and others in his administration betrayed the country."

Did it really happen outside your self serving partisan propaganda?

He won the war. We are getting to peace in the Middle East. Even the Russians are behaving.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | July 1, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Farewell and hail, Dan - I'll be watching for you. I used to read WAPO before the New York Times, but no more.

Keep pushing Obama for transparency and full disclosure on the Bush years. I think he meant to do more and is so staggered by what he now knows that he doesn't dare reveal it to the rest of us. But we have to know.

Posted by: martimr1 | July 1, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Adios jism swallower

Posted by: BO_Stinks | July 1, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dan,

I really enjoyed reading your work over these last years.

I wish you the best.

Regards,

Heerman532

Posted by: Heerman532 | July 2, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Dan, you have been terrific. I have learned much from your columns (though it was never like being in school) and hope to continue to do so. Best of everything, you will be carrying a lot of us with you, wherever you go. Please keep us posted.

Posted by: deepierson | July 2, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Damn the Post is worse for this departure!

Posted by: BrettPaatsch1 | July 2, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Fair Winds and Following Seas Dan. Enjoyed you every day.

No need to check the Post every day from San Diego.

See you over at www.niemanwatchdog.org

Posted by: wickettjr | July 2, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I see by reading your last column that you still have that hard on for Bush. Hopefully now you will have time to get a F-ing life. I'm thankful that The Washington Post finally saw that you were not doing anything 'journalistic' anymore. You were simply writing about the chip that was on your shoulder. I'm sure you have offers pouring in now. There is a real market for that kind of 'journalism'. My advice...do a couple of ads for Hair Club for Men. Good Riddance!!

Posted by: maddogjts | July 3, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Mr. Froomkin, we have decided to move the Washington Post in another direction. With a new administration we no longer have any need for a slobbering pit bull to attack the Bush/Cheney administration, promote juvenile conspiracy theories, and convince America’s whining malcontent fringe that politicians should be blamed for their personal shortcomings.

We’ve opted to allow you to seek opportunities outside the organization. We suggest the designated schizophrenic street corner, MoveOn.org, or the Huffington Post might have a use for a man of your abilities.

Posted by: dcn1 | July 3, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

One desirable thing that will come out of Dan's departure is: We the sane won't have to put up with the swills of those rightwing mental cases who have yet to come to grips with the gravity of moral and fiscal devastation brought on America by the Bush-Chaney gang that couldn't shoot straight.

We can only guess from a sideline how the neo-con men and their fellow-travelers will make the next move for their "New American Century" scheme using the powerful Washpost, along with the reported "Pay-for-Chat salon," as their springboard.

In the meantime may God bless us all, if He is still alive and kicking the devils.

Posted by: kj412 | July 3, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

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