Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta has been hired by The Washington Post as a columnist.
…a fitting hire, given the newspaper’s new tagline” “Democracy dies in darkness.”
In his new role, Podesta “will provide commentary and analysis on the intersection of politics and policy, the Trump administration and the future of the Democratic Party,” The Post said in a statement, according to Politico.
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John Podesta joins The Washington Post as contributing columnist https://t.co/pszJrlr6PE
— POLITICO (@politico) February 23, 2017
While somewhat perplexing to understand how a Democrat can offer insight into how a Republican administration might work, that’s the story line The Post is sticking to.
“No one knows more about how Washington works, how the White House operates, and how policy ideas are translated into reality than John Podesta,” Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement.
“His long experience in Congress, inside two Democratic White Houses and on the front lines of numerous presidential campaigns, will offer readers vital insight into Washington and politics at the start of a new era.”
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The reaction on social media suggests it’s getting harder and harder for the media to shock folks. At the same time, Podesta has yet to live down Pizza-gate, the conspiracy theory that emerged after his hacked emails allegedly contained coded messages tied to a child sex ring operated through pizzerias.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@politico as if we haven’t suffered enough!
— George Gulino (@thewordofgeorge) February 23, 2017
@politico just another left wing columnist. joining a left wing media outlet, ho hum
— Tejas Conservative (@TXGaryM) February 23, 2017
@politico Secure his email account Mr. Bezos.
— Giggle Tornado (@giggle_tornado) February 23, 2017
@politico @librab103 These creeps just won’t go away. He has enough money to live the rest of his life; but what he really wants is power.
— Fivestarmichael (@fivestarmichael) February 23, 2017
@politico Dual duties: Pizza Critic and Child Welfare Advocate
— MT4LtdGov (@MT4LtdGov) February 23, 2017
@politico oh good grief
— ginny knorr (@knorrgin) February 23, 2017
@politico the “democracy dies in darkness” paper hires a specialist in darkness
— Bryant (@bryant_sfl) February 23, 2017
@politico Whew! I was worried that the Washington Post was getting too conservative.
— Ex-GOP Greg (@Flying59Vette) February 23, 2017
@politico And he bought PIZZA for the newsroom on his first day! Ahhhh
— Randall Shier (@ROShier) February 23, 2017
This is good. I was concerned they didn’t have enough left-wing voices that are also corrupt to the core. https://t.co/ZV3o5RT2cb
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) February 23, 2017
— Just Karl (@justkarl) February 23, 2017
@NathanWurtzel @benshapiro Podesta is the type of guy who will strangle Democracy in broad daylight
— Stan Shtramel (@sshtramel) February 23, 2017
@NathanWurtzel @benshapiro easier to collude and no email that can be hacked. Politicians becoming journalists, not new CNN perfected that
— Gregory West (@Gdubiphone) February 23, 2017
@benshapiro @NathanWurtzel At least the Washington Post can live up to its slogan. Expect to see all the WaPo’s internal memos soon.
— AgainstTrumpDude (@TheAmishDude) February 23, 2017
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