Is Ezra Klein, the left-wing boy wonder of the Washington Post, leaving?
Is it because he is having a hissy-fit over new owner Jeff Bezos’s decision not to fund an internet domain for him to expound his wholly leftward views more exclusively than down with the peasants at his newspaper?
Excerpted from Warner Todd Huston’s article at breitbart.com:
As new owner Jeff Bezos begins his tenure as the head man for the Washington Post, Wonkblog editor Ezra Klein is reportedly making plans to exit the paper after being denied funding for a pet project.
Klein built a media presence on the Internet, newspapers, and TV as a “wonk” at a young age. Now, he apparently wants to expand his reach in the media with an extensive new website that he wanted the Washington Post to fund.
As described by The New York Times, the project would be a “a new website dedicated to explanatory journalism on a wide range of topics beyond political policy.”
Is it true? Does Mr. Huston have this right?
If so, let’s all pity poor wiwoo Ezra. The Washington Post declined to underwrite a personal empire for him. So, again assuming this story is correct, his resulting snit is so intense that he might just pick up his marbles and go somewhere else.
To where? Who would fund this enterprise for him, other than maybe a hard left, George Soros-backed entity which would remove the cover of journalistic credibility provided by The Post?
Please do not take this to mean that I would be troubled if Ezra Klein left the Washington Post. I don’t care for most of the material he provides, and I especially did not care for his creation of the disgraceful, short-lived “JournoList” – a clearinghouse for similarly left wing “journalists to strategize with each other.
All I’m saying is that, in my opinion, leaving the Post because it did not hand him a personal empire, would be the mistake of his career.
I doubt Mr. Klein is on the edge of his seat waiting for my advice, but there it is.