Ace makes a good point about the common practice of media folk thinking that receiving hate mail from leftist nutjobs is the equivalent about receiving a fairness complaint from a regular conservative or libertarian:
Liberal media outfits do loves them their unhinged-leftist
hate-mail. Because they use it again and again as proof positive that
they must be reporting straight down the middle to incur so much wrath from the left.
Although Allah points out the speciousness (and convenience) of that
claim, let's also note that most of the liberal media's criticism on
the right comes from mainstream Republicans representing the
great mass of right-leaning thought, whereas those who think the WaPo
is a part of the Vast Right Wing Noise Machine are unabashed, unhinged
lefties, "undecided" voters only the sense they're undecided between
Ralph Nader and Hugo Chavez.
Which means that the criticism of the paper comes from the hard left
and center-right, which means, in turn, the paper is somewhere in
between. And what is in between center-right and hard left? Ah yes: establishment liberal.
Which is what everyone who's not batshit crazy understands the WaPo is,
its support of the Iraq War notwithstanding, and its quite-praiseworthy
attempts towards true political balance notwithstanding. Yes, the WaPo
is less blatantly agenda-driven than the NYT, but it is still, on the
whole, establishment liberal, and its reporting reflects that deep
There's more about the NYT in all of this so click the first link.