Dissecting the Washington Post and Its Decline

Written by R.G. Yoho on September 2, 2013

Lately, we have been subjected to dozens of commentaries and news anchors lamenting the demise of the once-great newspaper, the Washington Post.

I recently read a couple of them from journalistic boneheads, such as Jules Witcover and Eugene Robinson; both of them are crying about the apparent loss of subscribers and revenue, leading to its sale to the head of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.

They are right about one thing: it was once a great newspaper.

The Washington Post took the lead in its investigating and reporting of the scandals in the Nixon White House. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein won Pulitzers for their writing, which ultimately led to the president’s resignation from office.

However, that one incident became the pinnacle of the paper’s reporting and journalistic prestige.

But from the pinnacle, it’s all been downhill from there.

The once-great Washington Post, the newspaper that made its name on making a president responsible for obeying his Constitutional oath and mandates, suddenly became interested only in covering up the crimes of all of those presidents who shared their political ideology.

And that is why the newspaper’s popularity and readership began to wane, until it ultimately became little more than a partisan rag, which saw less true investigative reporting than the National Enquirer.

After all, it wasn’t the Washington Post that broke the story of the Clinton scandal; it was the National Enquirer.

Except for his sexual harassment of a young female intern — a crime which would have brought down ANY other executive in private industry — William Jefferson Clinton didn’t commit any crimes in his involvement with Monica Lewinsky.

Bill Clinton did, however, commit a felony when America’s highest law officer willingly and deliberately perjured himself and suborned perjury on his own behalf, in order to deny one American citizen her right to a fair hearing in an American court of law.

In fact, this felony by Clinton was so substantial, the president was forced to surrender his law license.

The Washington Post did its best to cover up the entire incident.

This only served to increase the downhill slide of a once-great newspaper into the gutter of journalistic incompetence.

Then we have the matter of President Barack Hussein Obama.

The Washington Post knows that the Obama Administration has committed felonies and broken their oath to uphold the Constitution in the matters of Fast and Furious, Benghazi, using the IRS to intimidate and punish their political opponents, and the illegal wire-tapping of reporters.

And before a great majority of these crimes first became public, Bob Woodward was threatened by a “very senior person” in the Obama White House for his reporting on the truth regarding the government sequester.

And this once-great Washington Post reporter, Bob Woodward, who once-dared to challenge a president, folded like a two-dollar suit.

In addition, the Washington Post allowed the president to get away with it.

Despite Nixon’s “enemies list,” the once-great Washington Post refused to back down, continued their investigation, and pursued the truth until a corrupt administration was finally brought to justice.

As they should have been!

But when it comes to President Obama, the once-great Washington Post is more interested in the publication of glowing puff pieces, designed to enhance the reputation of the Barack and Michelle Obama.

The once-great Washington Post is only concerned in covering up and concealing the crimes of a White House regime that makes the Nixon administration look like a bunch of rank amateurs.

Similarly, the former Pulitzer prize-winning reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, have shown themselves to be nothing more than a couple of cheap political hacks, contentedly allowing this president to commit crimes much more egregious than anything concocted by Richard Nixon.

As Obama is often heard to say, “Let us be clear.”

The path to ruin for the Washington Post was paved with their work of their own hands.

If the reporters and editors of the Washington Post would go after this White House with the same level of zeal and determination they have directed at Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush, then this once-great newspaper might once again rise from the ashes and regain its once-stellar reputation.

This once-great newspaper, the Washington Post, could once again remove a corrupt president and attorney general from their positions of leadership, directing a country into nationwide-disgrace, world-wide humiliation, and economic ruin.

Therefore, you cowards and collaborators in the media, before you start lamenting the fall of the Washington Post, perhaps you should finally be honest and tell the public the truth about what led to the declining readership, the loss of revenue, and the journalistic demise of a once-great newspaper, the Washington Post.

That story has yet to be told.

Image: The Washington Post building in Washington, D.C.; source: Washington, DC, June 2011: The Washington Post; author: Daniel X. O’Neil from USA;Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

R.G. Yoho is a Western author who has published seven books, including “Death Comes to Redhawk,” along with a non-fiction work entitled “America’s History is His Story.”