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You be the judge: did the Washington Post fulfill its duty to inform the public last night by running a mere eight separate pieces about Joe Wilson’s outburst during President Obama’s healthcare speech on Wednesday?  Or is anything less than a dozen a sign that they aren’t really trying anymore?  After all, Politico had at least 15 Wilson-related pieces, including a big front pager by Andie Coller headlined “A Party of Cranks?”

I suppose I shouldn’t complain, but unlike a lot of my fellow lefties, I’m not convinced that obsessing over Joe Wilson actually does our cause any good.  It’s time to send him back under the rock he crawled out from.

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