Last updated on: 9/9/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Washington Post Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“On Tuesday, Americans in Maryland, Maine and Washington state voted by almost identical four-point margins to extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples; in a fourth state, Minnesota, voters rejected a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, again by about the same margin. With those ballot victories for marriage equality, the first after a 14-year string of defeats in 32 states, it is now reasonable to imagine a day in the not-very-distant future when marriage for gay and lesbian couples across this country will be unexceptional, unencumbered and mostly unremarked upon…

It is especially heartening that the voters themselves, rather than courts and judges, are leading the charge in this latest crusade to expand the country’s stance on civil rights…

If the Supreme Court does enter the fray over gay marriage, it would do well to consider the results of Tuesday’s ballot questions and, more broadly, the clear trajectory of the nation’s shifting ­attitudes.”

“Gay Marriage’s Long March to Equality,” washingtonpost.com, Nov. 7, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Media and Academic Journals
Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
Description:

“The Washington Post Company delivers quality products to today’s students, readers and viewers. What unites our company is the immediacy of our products and services, created by teachers and tutors at Kaplan; reporters and editors at our media properties; and associates at Cable ONE.”

“The Washington Post Company,” washpostco.com (accessed Sep. 10, 2013)

Mission:

“Company Goals
1. To produce the best newspapers, magazines, television programs, educational services and other products we can.
2. To run an outstanding business, measured by the increase in intrinsic shareholder value over time.
3. To be not just a good, but an exceptional place for people to work, and a leader in the hiring and promotion of minorities and women.
4. To be a company that provides outstanding customer service.
5. To be creative, adaptive, flexible and intelligent enough to adapt to the changes in our business environment.
6. To be a respected part of the communities where we do business.”

“Our Company,” Washington Post Company website (accessed Feb. 25, 2008)

Other:
Daily newspaper