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Published on November 8th, 2011 | by Ali Gharib

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Ombudsman: Jen Rubin Supports Call to Kill Palestinians, ‘Did Damage’ to WaPo Credibility

Reposted by arrangement with Think Progress

Last month, Rachel Abrams, a board member of a right-wing pro-Israel organization, wrote a controversial blog post calling for Palestinian militants — and their children — to be fed to sharks. After Abrams linked the blog on Twitter, Washington Post neoconservative opinion blogger Jennifer Rubin retweeted it, eliciting another round of controversy. Now, the Post’s ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, weighed in to declare his “disappointment” with Rubin. He noted that she is not bound by newsroom ethical guidelines on social media, but if she was, her tweet would have violated them. Nor are retweets endorsements. “But in this case Rubin told me that she did agree with Abrams,” wrote Pexton. “Rubin did damage to The Post and the credibility that keeps it afloat.”

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Ali Gharib is a New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia. His work has appeared at Inter Press Service, where he was the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief; the Buffalo Beast; Huffington Post; Mondoweiss; Right Web; and Alternet. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A proud Iranian-American and fluent Farsi speaker, Ali was born in California and raised in D.C.



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