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Washington Post is booed for giving Palin op-ed platform

December 9, 2009 |  8:57 am

Former Alaska Gov Sarah Palin on book tour in Fairfax Va. Dec. 5, 2009

As the Ticket noted earlier, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took to the opinion pages of the Washington Post to urge President Obama not to attend the U.N. Climate Change Conference in light of leaked e-mails suggesting that scientists were manipulating data to maximum public effect.

(See Al Gore's take on the e-mails in DCNow.)

Now the newspaper is taking heat for giving her a national platform -- for the second time in five months --  from which to opine.

"Once again, the Washington Post has given Sarah Palin the chance to harness herself to the political story of the hour," wrote the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, in a point-for-point rebuttal of the former Republican vice presidential candidate's arguments on global warming.

Even harsher was the ScienceBlogs.com's Tim Lambert, who headlined his piece on Palin's op-ed: "The Washington Post can't go out of business fast enough." Noting that the Post's own reporting rebuts Palin's arguments, Lambert added, "The Washington Post simply does not care about the accuracy of the columns it publishes," he concluded.

Some folks are even dissing Palin for giving the Post almost exactly what she wrote on her Facebook page.

Op ed pages are supposed to be  a forum for debating the issues of the day. So maybe the real grievance here is that critics don't think Palin should have a seat at the table.

What do you think?

-- Johanna Neuman

Photo: Reuters

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