People who would try to deny The Washington Post is a liberal newspaper should look no further than the star columnist of the Business section, Steven Pearlstein, and his Wednesday column, headlined "GOP to jobless: Drop dead." A reader who thinks this will be a plea for further extensions of unemployment benefits would be wrong. Pearlstein's attacking Republicans for criticizing the Federal Reserve's "stimulus" attempts and for -- fact checkers, please? -- "more tax cuts for the rich," a curious description of leaving the present tax rates where they are.
This is nothing new, this bomb-throwing from a Post business editor. After all, this is the same columnist who blasted Republicans last year as “political terrorists” who are “poisoning the political well” by peddling “lies” about liberal health care plans, lies that are “so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage.” When you disagree with him, you're a "terrorist," and now you want the jobless to "drop dead." It sounds like Jon Stewart may want to make a "Rally for Sanity" phone call.
On Wednesday, Pearlstein really unleashed on "radical" conservatives like Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh in his focus on the Fed: