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I fully admit this makes no sense to me:

THE spinners have spun at the Washington Post. Bob Woodward, and you can’t get hardly no more bigger name associated with that big newspaper, even talked the R-word. Resignation.

It’s still about the Weapons of Mass Destruction – Judith MillerValerie Plame – Ambassador Joe WilsonScooter Libby – special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald problem. It’s what did he know, and when did he know it, and why didn’t he know he should have said what he knew.

Ostensibly, during all this uncovering of a covered CIA operative and while former N.Y. Times star Judith Miller was accused of putting out the seed for what the administration wanted planted, Bob Woodward had been allowed similar access. Of course he would. He’s a Washington Post editor. A Washington, D.C., insider.

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Of course he knows everything and has super access. If not, the man wouldn’t be in the position he is. But the Washington Post has suddenly decided that this isn’t proper. That his knowing all about Operation Valerie Plame and never saying anything in order to protect himself and his sources has now shredded his credibility.

Anyway, he is heretofore and forthwith about to be – the words being told to me are -"kept on a short leash." What that means, I don’t know. Maybe even he doesn’t know and they don’t know.

What we do know is that the Washington Post, tarnished in the same era as America’s other liberal bastion, the New York Times, could be changing the media landscape.

Okay anyone who calls the Washington Post a "liberal bastion" at this point clearly has no idea what she’s talking about, so I take this with a huge grain of salt. 

But how can a paper that continues to employ Fred Hiatt, Jim Brady, Steno Sue and the inimitable Lil’ Debbie Howell be embarrassed about anything?  I admit if there were any standards in place they should be rightly concerned that Woodward sat on this story for years and has still not told what he knows about it, but still — had a look at the post.blog recently?

It hasn’t been updated since April 6, and per John Casper this was sitting on the blog for five days:

Digital player – 10GB Hard Drive = USD$130 USD$140 iPod Mini 6GB = USD$145 iPod 60GB = USD$170 iPod Mini 4GB = USD$105 Apple iPod shuffle (512 MB – M9724LL/A) MP3 Player = USD$80 Apple iPod mini Green Second Gen. (4 GB – M9806LL/A) MP3 Player = USD$110 ([email protected])(+2348025623329) Posted by: Ericson Laja | April 20, 2006 10:58 P

For a multi-million dollar operation, that is just classy. 

(hat tip for the NY Post link to emptywheel)