Lowell’s got a great deconstruction of yesterday’s blog story in the Washington Post. I agree with his analysis. There’s been speculation that the Not Larry Sabato blog was the effort of well known journalists, including The Post’s Mike Shear and Chris Jenkins. I assume this story puts that speculation to rest as it would be a huge disservice to readers if The Post quotes its own reporters anonymously. Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has also been mentioned as the mystery blogger. I doubt it.
I don’t think it would be a journalist. That would be, in my view, unethical because journalists, either in the open or anonymously, aren’t supposed to try to influence the news.
But the prominent play given suggests that the blogger may be a public person, better known than the rest of us.