Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a story on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees that began this way:
Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March — an unprecedented break with Senate tradition.
Such delays would upend Republican hopes of quickly holding hearings and confirming most of Trump’s top picks on Inauguration Day. But Democrats, hamstrung by their minority status, are determined to slow-walk Trump’s picks unless they start disclosing reams of personal financial data they’ve withheld so far, according to senior aides.
The reporting was mostly accurate, but the author, Ed O’Keefe, omitted a term that would have been de rigueur in an article on this topic submitted to his editors a mere month ago. The term is obstruction, or in its ideologicized form, obstructionism. It has been a fixture of Post reporting for the last eight years.
An article by opinion writer Dana Milbank titled “Republicans’ mindless obstruction has helped create something far worse,” for example, contains this…