Conservatives to Washington Post: Jennifer Rubin isn't one of us; hire someone new

Conservatives to Washington Post: Jennifer Rubin isn't one of us; hire someone new
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A group of conservative leaders from the American Principles Project is calling on The Washington Post to stop promoting columnist Jennifer Rubin as a conservative and to “hire a true conservative” to better give voice to those on the right.

“We, of course, respect the right of The Washington Post to employ whatever writers it pleases — even Jennifer Rubin," reads the letter addressed to the Post's editorial board from more than three dozen conservatives. "However, we ask for the sake of intellectual honesty that the Post cease to identify her as in any way 'conservative.' 

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"Given the Post’s standing as an important platform for political opinion in our nation’s capital, we also respectfully request that you consider hiring a voice who can eloquently and effectively defend the positions held by our President, his party, and the millions of voters who elected him," the letter continues. "We would be happy to provide recommendations.”  

“In truth, it is nearly impossible to discern any conservatism in Rubin’s contemporary writing,” the letter adds, accusing Rubin of reversing her previous positions on climate change, gun control, Middle East foreign policy, tax cuts, immigration,and abortion.

"Anyone following Rubin’s writing closely at this point would rightfully find the claim that she is ‘conservative’ laughable. And yet, she is still regularly touted in the media as a conservative voice — and by your own paper as ‘reporting from a center-right perspective."

The letter goes on to argue that the Post's labeling of Rubin as conservative as an example why most conservatives distrust the media. 

 “This issue exemplifies why so many Americans — particularly conservatives — hold a high distrust of the media. How can an average reader take the Post’s opinion section seriously when, of its numerous regular columnists, none can be found which defend the policies of our nation’s elected president?”

Among the letters’ signers are the American Principles Project’s Francis P. Cannon and Terry Schilling, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, the Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell and the Conservative Partnership Institute’s Jim DeMint. 

Rubin, who joined the Post in 2010, is the author of its “Right Turn” blog.

The Post’s other right-leaning columnists include Michael Gerson and George Will, both of whom have also voiced strong criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE.

The Hill has reached out to the Post for comment.