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Blame The Washington Post’s woes on its blatant political slant

“We are losing large amounts of money. People don’t read your stuff. I can’t hide it anymore.”

Will Lewis, the publisher of The Washington Post, said in a widely reported conversation with angry staffers upset about the major restructuring of the 147-year-old publication.

It is 100% accurate. The Post is losing large amounts of money – to the tune of $77 million in 2023 alone.

And yes, people largely don’t read things anymore.

Since Joe Biden took office in 2021, more than 500,000 Washington Post readers have canceled their subscriptions — and disguising that dire situation won’t help any employees.

More than half a million . . . away.

So why does this happen?

Inflation plays a role as price-conscious readers cancel their subscriptions and companies reduce their advertising budgets.

Additionally, multiple media outlets are suddenly struggling as Google, Facebook, and

Result?

A steady flow of traffic has come to a standstill, cutting off a crucial stream of advertising revenue not only for the WaPo, but also for NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Time, Buzzfeed, NPR and many others.

Some conservative publications are seeing big drops in readership for the same reason.

For example, Breitbart recorded a 76% drop in traffic in the comparison between February 2024 and February 2020.

At The Blaze, the drop is 67%, while the Daily Caller is down 57%.

Yet the WaPo dilemma is notable because – despite touting itself as objective and balanced – it has literally taken a stand in the upcoming presidential elections: ensure Joe Biden is re-elected.

It’s so egregious that, to take just one example, the editorial board is openly advocating that the president abandon his planned ban on menthol cigarettes to avoid losing black voters — even though the same council has pushed for such a ban.

But since such a move by Biden could help put Donald Trump back in the Oval Office, the administration has now urged Biden to abandon his principles to defeat Trump.

“Mr. Trump’s re-election is the kind of nightmare scenario that any responsible politician would do their utmost to avoid,” the administration warned ominously on May 8.

“So trim your principles, Democrats, and give in,” they wrote.

“Remember: the only thing worse than playing Machiavelli for charity is playing Machiavelli for charity and losing.”

This advice is not surprising.

After all, this is the same publication that changed its slogan after Trump’s 2016 victory to the laughable “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

It’s also the publication that has never endorsed a Republican presidential candidate in its history, meaning it gave a thumbs up to the likes of woeful Democrats like Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Al Gore and John Kerry.

The great tilt to the left accelerated to ridiculous speed during the Trump era.

It has become almost impossible to distinguish the Washington Post from the Democratic National Committee at this point.

Consider how the paper took the Chinese at their word by accusing Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) of spreading a “debunked conspiracy theory” when he argued that COVID-19 may have originated in the Wuhan lab in February 2020.

Or the fact-checker actually challenges Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on whether he Real was a descendant of slaves (he was).

Or that time the newspaper accused then-President Trump of being “complicit” when a hurricane was about to hit the United States.

The newspaper coverage of Trump was insane: a Harvard study on his first 100 days found that The Washington Post reported negatively on Trump 83% of the time.

This means that during his honeymoon, more than eight out of ten stories about the new president were negative.

Now, in 2024, readers have finally noticed – and are turning away from the newspaper’s all-too-predictable bias.

Compare WaPo’s MSNBC-esque rhetoric to The New York Times, that is proverb the right things in public – even if the campaign reporting and editorials are as skewed as ever.

“It’s not the news media’s job to stop Trump from winning,” editor-in-chief Joe Kahn explained in a recent interview.

“(So) we become a tool of the Biden campaign? Are we turning ourselves into Xinhua News Agency or Pravda?” Kahn asked rhetorically.

The Washington Post has won more than seventy Pulitzers in its history, mainly for its Watergate reporting fifty years ago.

But this isn’t your father’s Washington Post anymore.

Democracy dies in darkness, it says.

Well, so are the profits, jobs and relevance when editorial leadership openly abandons its journalistic integrity in a pathetic attempt to tip the balance in favor of its favored candidate.

There’s no sugar coating it.

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