Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton wants more hard-hitting reporting after he highlighted the Post’s “putting its energy into non-journalism ventures” like “online marketplace” website Service Alley and coupon/discount website the Capitol Deal.
As Pexton explained, the efforts may help the company make money, but there is “less energy and enthusiasm” toward journalism for the Post.
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Pexton questioned the Post’s journalism future and plan. He advised the newspaper not to cater to “the rich,” but instead produce “high-quality, probing Washington news” for “the citizenry” and all Americans.”
He also called on the newspaper to avoid being partisan and to focus on being “hard-hitting, scrappy and questioning.”