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Tue May 11, 2021, 09:56 AM

Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press named executive editor of The Washington Post, the first woman

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The Washington Post has named veteran journalist Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press as its executive editor, marking the first time a woman has been appointed to lead the 144-year-old news organization. Buzbee, currently AP’s executive editor and senior vice president, will take over leadership of The Post’s nearly 1,000-person newsroom next month, said publisher Fred Ryan, who made the announcement to the newspaper’s staff on Tuesday. She succeeds Martin Baron, who retired at the end of February after serving as editor since 2013. Her appointment capped a search that began ten weeks ago, following Baron’s retirement.

Buzbee, 55, has headed AP’s news operations since 2017, and has been with the organization since she began her career as a journalist in 1988. The venerable wire service, headquartered in New York, is one of the largest news organizations in the world, with some 2,800 journalists. Like The Post, it produces hundreds of news articles, feature stories and photos every day that are distributed to news outlets around the world. It also produces audio and video reports that are carried on TV and radio stations.

Buzbee’s experience overseeing international newsgathering made her an attractive candidate as The Post expands its operations abroad, said Ryan. The newspaper has announced plans to open news hubs in London and Seoul this year that will enable its newsroom to report stories around-the-clock. It will also open new bureaus in Sydney and Bogota, expanding its total to 26 outside the U.S. Buzbee also has Washington ties. From 2010 to 2016, she was AP’s Washington bureau chief, and was in charge of its coverage of the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, as well as its coverage of Congress, the White House and federal agencies.

During an earlier stint in Washington in the 1990s, she was the AP’s assistant bureau chief for news, running spot news coverage and overseeing the foreign affairs and national security beats. “The Post has such a rich journalistic legacy, and such a terrific staff,” she said in an interview Tuesday morning from her home in New York City. “It’s exciting to join this organization at a time of growth and innovation.”

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Tue May 11, 2021, 10:13 AM

1. I couldn't find much personal information on Buzbee, but the AP has been fairly neutral.

I hope she gets rid of some of the Post’s partisan hacks—especially Hugh Hewitt. His opinion pieces are nothing more than Republican propaganda.

The Post does a pretty good job now, but I’d also like to see a better balanced approach to contrasting conservative and progressive ideas. It is not good reporting to balance the need for infrastructure investments as equal to the Republicans claims that Biden’s plans are socialism. The two are not equal, but are representative of how some in the media allow Republican lies to be treated as facts.

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Tue May 11, 2021, 10:37 AM

2. I believe Hewitt, who has had a syndicated RW loon radio talk show for years

was brought on as a replacement for the previous equally loathsome (although somewhat changed before he bought the farm) Krauthammer, to use as their "balance" so they weren't dubbed "the liberal media". They were WaPo's answer to douche William Safire and the later brief appearance of Bill Kristol (who has recently had a come-to-Jesus moment). The NYT eventually settled on David Brooks.

And agree that in their aggressive effort for "faux balance", they will try to "equalize" the points of view by making a mountain out of a molehill for one side and minimizing the effects of the other. I.e., their columnists have essentially become "Opinion writers" and refuse to fact-check the skewed use of politicized/partisan terminology, thus normalizing it, and then laboriously write about "the partisan divide".

ETA - during the Obama administration, i do recall her bylines and there was an article during that time when the media met and did some major criticisms of Obama and "secrecy" (including her commentary) - https://www.ap.org/ap-in-the-news/2014/journalists-criticize-white-house-for-secrecy yet they were all but missing for the last 4 years regarding "critique" and capitulated to the ultimate of "secrecy", massive ethics violations, and outright attacks against them.

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Tue May 11, 2021, 11:41 AM

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