WaPo: If you don’t get it, you ain’t missin’ much

Has the Washington Post gone down hill or what?

In today’s paper, the Outlook section – a special Sunday section with extended-length opinion pieces – has as its lead article, taking up three-quarters of the page including the illustration, a story on how more and more celebrities and other folks are wearing retro thick-framed glasses.

Just what I always wanted learn about.

I could see an article like that being in the Style section. But in Outlook?

There were two other articles on the Outlook front page. One urges someone named Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law professor who’s thinking of running for Senate in Massachusetts, to work on Wall Street (and “fix it”) instead. Yep, just what I always wanted to read about.

The third article is a book review titled “A Palin Tell-All With Nothing Much to Say”.

So if it has nothing much to say, then why even write an article about it?

All three articles are wastes of valuable newspaper-page real estate.

The inside articles aren’t much to write home about either, including one titled “5 Myths About the Redskins”. Nothing against articles on the Redskins, but that belongs in the Sports section.

The front page today’s Post isn’t too exciting either. With tons of important news going on in the world, all they feature on the front page was something about tax breaks piling up, China’s thirst for oil, cameras in Fairfax County schools, and a poll on how people feel about the Redskins and its owner.

The Post has an advertising slogan that goes, “If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.”

How about changing it to, “If you don’t get it, you ain’t missin’ much.”

Update, Oct. 30, 2011:

Subsequent Sunday issues of the Post revealed that the articles both in Outlook and on the front page were more substantive. Still not the most riveting content (a lot of mush, especially in the Outlook/opinion section), but more substantive nevertheless. So maybe the above was a fluke. We’ll keep an eye on it.

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