A few days ago I wrote, “This is probably the dumbest thing the Washington Post Online could have done from a long-term business perspective. First the whole Red State/Blue State meme is on the way out. Second, giving voice to one of the founders of racist Red State is a bad idea too. It’ll catch up to them.”
I had no idea how quickly Domenech’s hiring would turn into an out and out disaster for the Washington Post. Editor Jim Brady and Ombudsman Deborah Howell have got to be feeling like world class fools for appeasing the Right the way they did. They got played.
The bottom line is this: appeasement doesn’t pay.
Update: Mistakes and all, it’s important to remember there’s a flawed human at the center of this, one I imagine is in a world of hurt. So, let’s stick with the real issues and the facts, ok?
Update 3: Digby addresses the real issue: appeasement and the media. Like I said, it doesn’t pay.