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Washington Post Hires Bush Speechwriter

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Posted on Sep 11, 2006

The newspaper has brought on as a columnist Michael Gerson, the man who coined the term “Axis of Evil.” Time magazine called the evangelical writer “The President’s Spiritual Scribe.”


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Michael Gerson, a key aide and speechwriter for President Bush until this summer, will soon join the Washington Post as op-ed columnist, the paper announced today. Gerson will start in January with a twice-weekly column that will also be syndicated.

Later, in an online chat at the paper’s Web site, Howard Kurtz noted concerns about Gerson’s independence, but pointed out that the Post has a number of liberal columnists.

“Mike is well-known as an eloquent writer and provocative thinker, and I’m thrilled he’s decided to do this,” said editorial page editor Fred Hiatt in a statement. “I’m sure that, with other recent additions such as Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus, Mike will contribute to the liveliness, thoughtfulness and unpredictability of our op-ed page.”

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By Spinoza, September 12, 2006 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment
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> The Washington Post has always been the bastion of GOP.<<

Not likely. 

All establishments favor establislments.

If you want truths you have to read the underground press.

If you want to fight fascism don’t hold out hope for peaceful means.

BUT FIRST

agitate, agitate, agitate.

ALL OUT OCT 5th.

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By C Quil, September 12, 2006 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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I thought it was David Frum that coined “Axis of Evil”. At least that’s what his wife boasted about in emails to her friends.

She was so PROUD of her Davey.

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By kevin99999, September 12, 2006 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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The Washington Post has always been the bastion of GOP. The are in the race with ABC and FOX Network to see who can do the most to help out electoral prospects for the rightwing politicians.

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By harald hardrada, September 12, 2006 at 8:24 am Link to this comment
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like the nytimes, the wp is a governmental mouthpiece that runs the occasional revealing story so as to make us think it’s looking for the truth

thanks to our news media, americans lead the world in ignorance but they like it that way

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By bluestateman, September 12, 2006 at 4:53 am Link to this comment
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Am I wrong, or was it David Frumm who coined the phrase “axis of hatred” for the SOTU speech? 

Bush changed the wording to evil on the eve of the speech.

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