Here’s the outgoing Washington Post ombudsman’s diagnosis of the Post’s malaise:
But it has become riddled with typos, grammatical mistakes and intolerable “small” factual errors that erode credibility. Local news coverage, once robust, has withered. The Post often trails the competition on stories. The excessive use of anonymous sources has expanded into blogs. The once-broken system for publishing corrections has been repaired, but corrections often still take too long to appear. The list goes on.
If I had to give a couple of reasons why I don’t read the Washington Post much, it would be the belief, fair or not, that their editorial page — a neocon Pravda, with a smattering of senile Villager conventional wisdom — drives their news coverage. The other reason is that they are obsessively focused on the dullest trivia of Washington, DC. They rarely break any interesting DC news, and they almost never have anything interesting to say about the world outside the Beltway. They are the paper of record for the Village at a time when the Village is on its way out.