Washington Times to name right-leaning journalist Sam Dealey as new editor

By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Washington Times plans to name Sam Dealey, a right-leaning journalist and fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, as its new editor.

Dealey, now a contributor to U.S. News & World Report, would succeed John Solomon as the paper's top editor in the coming days, Times spokesman Donald Meyer confirmed Friday night. The appointment, first reported by U.S. News, could bring a measure of stability to a staff reeling from layoffs that cost the paper half its employees.

Dealey, 36, has written for Time, GQ, Reader's Digest and the New York Times. He has also reported for CNN and PBS.

A former editorial writer for the Asia edition of the Wall Street Journal, Dealey describes himself as a "libertarian-conservative." On the U.S. News blog, he has written that Fox News, while not faultless, "benefits from the very phenomenon" that liberal Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson "chides it for: misrepresentation and bias in the media. The mainstream news media (for lack of a better term) consistently misreport news stories every day. And it's not just a fact or figure here and there but a deep bias in the way the media approach stories."

Dealey's right-leaning views raise questions about whether he will serve more in the mold of Wesley Pruden, who wrote a staunchly conservative column while editor of the Times, or more like Solomon, a former Washington Post reporter who tried to separate the news columns from the paper's conservative editorial and opinion pages.

Dealey took a poke at The Post on his blog, saying that "most media pooh-bahs" were trying to make their publications relevant but that "there's no such hand-wringing over at The Post." He cited a lead story headlined, "United States faces a steep decline in women's figure skating."

But he also chided the Times for peddling a book, "W., The Legacy of George W. Bush," saying conservatives might instead "visit the Government Printing Office for a copy of the federal budget. Far better than a book for a coffee table, after eight years of W., the budget can actually be used as a coffee table."

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