On Saturday I wrote about my dismay at the leftward lurch of Politico.com. Today I discussed that post with Politico’s editor John Harris and with the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes. The transcript of the conversation with Harris is here, and the transcript of the Barnes’ interview is here.
Credit to Harris for agreeing to appear and answer my objections, though the answers did not persuade me that any of my criticisms were misplaced. As Fred noted, the pull of the Beltway on all media organizations is decidedly to the left. We both hope that Politico regains its balance. As I suggested to Fred, a good start would be with a front page column by a conservative in whom the great majority of conservatives have confidence –like a Mark Steyn, Victor Davis Hanson, Andrew Breitbart or Pete Wehner to name just four of the scores of folks who could fill that slot and actually deliver conservative commentary, and not the stuff that Joe Scarborough has been serving up. A second improvement: Task a center-right writer on the staff with calling out the obvious bias in story selection, slant and headlines that now infects the site.