Former WaPo Ombud Urges Bezos to Fire Paper’s Lone Conservative Blog

August 15th, 2013 6:26 PM
Now that the takeover of the Washington Post by Jeff Bezos is beginning, the Amazon.com billionaire is being deluged with unsolicited advice. One such uninvited adviser is Patrick Pexton, the paper's former ombudsman who wrote up an "open letter" urging Bezos to do a number of things. Not all of it is bad advice but what stands out is his personal animus against the Post's…

NPR Ombudsman Slams WashPost for Dumping Their Ombudsman, Then Trashes

March 5th, 2013 6:59 AM
The Washington Post decided to dump its ombudsman or reader’s advocate position after Patrick Pexton’s two-year contract ended. The position is “independent,” but all too often, the hiring media outlet gets every benefit of the doubt. Pexton has defended some incredibly shameless hit pieces, including the Rick Perry “Niggerhead”-on-a-rock story and the Mitt…

WashPost Ombudsman Takes Conservative Side: Post Opinion Pages Too Dom

September 29th, 2012 3:14 PM
Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton explored conservative dissatisfaction with the national news in polls and then wondered if the Post’s own columnist corps didn’t lean dramatically to the left: “The Post should first be about news without slant. If The Post wants to wrap its news in commentary, fine, but shouldn’t some of those voices then be conservative?…

WaPo Ombud Frets Paper Produced Story Conservative Bloggers Liked

April 17th, 2012 4:24 PM
It's not every day that the ombudsman for one of the nation's elite newspapers puts, front and center, his publication's angst about publishing information counter to the Obama administration's spin, but there it is, today, in the Washington Post. The Post's ombudsman, Patrick D. Pexton, frets that conservative bloggers overhyped a “modest” little story on a…

WaPo's Ombudsman Makes Excuses for Very Anonymously-Sourced 'N-head' S

October 10th, 2011 4:13 PM
What a change The Washington Post wrought by bringing in Patrick Pexton as the ombudsman. The last ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, was a stickler about the Post’s overuse of anonymous sources. But in a Sunday column on Rick Perry and the Post's “N-head” painted-rock “investigative” hullaballoo, Pexton just circled his wagon and made excuses for the newspaper.…

Washington Post Ombudsman Undermines His Claim Paper’s E-Mail Quest

June 20th, 2011 2:13 PM
Put the lie in your lead and the truth deeper into your story, Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney relayed on Sunday in passing along advice he got from his late father. A few pages away, Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton seemed to take that advice as he led his Sunday column, “The truth about the Sarah Palin e-mails,” by asserting: “If you read the mail to the…

WaPo Ombudsman Insists Conservative Palin E-mail Complaints Were 'Comp

June 19th, 2011 6:48 PM
One might expect the reader’s advocate at a major newspaper to have some respect for the readers. Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton thinks anyone who complains about “crowdsourcing” Sarah Palin’s e-mails is ridiculous. With copy as spiky as his white hair, he began his Sunday column with a swipe: If you read the mail to the ombudsman last week, you would think…