"Post managing editor Raju Narisetti's explanation of the firing offers one headscratcher after another.
â€œI donâ€™t think you need to be a conservative to cover the conservative movement,â€ Narisetti told me late today. â€œBut you do need to be impartialâ€¦ in your views.â€
"Hold on: If Narisetti wants someone â€œimpartialâ€ covering the conservative movement, that would disqualify any actual conservative from the job, right?
More from Narisetti: â€œWeâ€™re living in an era when maybe we need to add a levelâ€ of inquiry, he said. â€œIt may be in our interests to ask potential reporters: â€˜In privateâ€¦ have you expressed any opinions that would make it difficult for you to do your job.â€™â€
I had to read that one twice, but yes, Narisetti does indeed seem to be proposing that the Post screen hires by making sure that they have never expressed any potentially upsetting opinions in private!