Does the Observer’s Ben Smith really think that mainstream newspapers should maintain a blacklist against social conservatives?
So it would seem:
This is such a perfect snapshot of the way in which the News constantly gets tangled over its own feet in trying to be, and yet not be, the Post. Hiring a woman banished from Murdoch-land for conservatism somehow crystallizes that.
But it’s also a classic News misstep. [Dawn] Eden‘s not a New York conservative like Ryan Sager or Robert George, the younger, libertarian generation on the Post’s editorial page who represent, in some way, the way in which the movement has a future in New York. Her conservatism is more U.S. House of Representatives …
And so the Daily News barrels into the future.
Wow. I guess it’s a “mistep” to hire someone with a similar philosophy as Republicans in the House of Representatives, huh? Heaven forbid we have a single employee who doesn’t think like everyone else in New York…
Just so there’s no confusion: Sager and George are members of the Post’s editorial board. Their political views are actually relevant to their job.
What a copy editor thinks or blogs off the job … how does it matter? I don’t care if a copy editor is an adherent of Karl Marx — I just want them to know grammar and style and have an eye for witty headlines.
It’s also a bit of a stretch for Smith to write that a copy editor writing a Sunday piece for their newspaper is “moving on up.” Gawker translates this into saying Eden has been “promoted,” which I don’t think is what Dawn meant at all. (I wasn’t at work Friday and have no idea what she’s up to).
UPDATE: Okay, so the big surprise is, Dawn has a column about blogs in Sunday’s paper. Ironically enough, it’s on page 34, the same page as my story on cell phone porn. It looks like this is going to be a weekly thing, so it’s fair to say she is “moving on up.”
That said, I still think it’s silly to say someone’s political views should keep them from writing a column about blogging, jazz, running, sports, fashion, or what have you. There’s a big difference between those sorts of columns and an op-ed columnist.
If people want to criticize the substance of the column, that’s something else entirely … I’m not here to defend it.
UPDATE 2: Smith has a follow-up here. I do agree with what he says about questions on homosexuality being irrelevant and settled to most of our readers … we’ll see if they make an appearance in the column.