Does the Washington Post check its RSS feeds?

posted at 9:15 am on March 21, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

As a blogger, one of the most important tools I have is my RSS feed reader. It allows me to keep track of headlines in order to find important and interesting stories for commentary. Every major newspaper and media outlet now uses RSS feeds to publish links back to their websites, and even some non-major media organizations use RSS.

That makes the case of the Washington Post so curious. They are arguably the most influential newspaper in the US, and certainly one of the most successful. However, they do a very poor job of maintaining their RSS feeds. The only feed that has been updated since Monday are their editorial feeds. The latest update on their national, international, and political news feeds are dated 3/17. I double-checked it by loading the RSS output into my browser, but no new entries have been published since then.

I find the Post an essential news source, especially for inside-the-Beltway news. However, if the Post doesn’t care to update its feeds, it may find itself as relevant as the New York Times’ columnists during the TimesSelect subscription service period.

Update: Lawhawk sends this clip:

Well, at least their RSS feeds are dying ….

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I think this sums things up for you Ed.

lawhawk on March 21, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Ed, what reader do you use? Just curious.

someguy on March 21, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Nothing from the Washington Post? That should be considered a gift.

Zorro on March 21, 2008 at 9:35 AM

lawhawk on March 21, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Ha ha!

fluffy on March 21, 2008 at 9:36 AM

I use Omea. It works pretty well, a little better than Sharpreader, but it tends to have DB corruption issues.

Ed Morrissey on March 21, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Speaking of RSS feeds. I can’t the one for Hotair to work in My Yahoo. Anybody got any tips out there?

Just A Grunt on March 21, 2008 at 9:38 AM

However, if the Post doesn’t care to update its feeds, it may find itself as relevant as the New York Times’ columnists during the TimesSelect subscription service period.

yeah, that was funny. Imagine their surprise to learn nobody wanted to pay actual money for the Times’ opinions.

Here in NY they try to sell the paper for a dollar/week. Still few takers, even in the bluest of blue states.

A wonderful book has yet to be written about the demise of this American institution.

As for the WaPo, my understanding is that the bulk of their profits come from Kaplan Test Centers, and not the newspaper.

JiangxiDad on March 21, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Ha! Ha! Your medium is dying! – Nelson (videoclip)

Pretty much sums it up….

Nineball on March 21, 2008 at 9:48 AM

The Washington Post was so over the top in its obsequious coverage of Obama that I thought I had heard everything. But then along came Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart. NBC News had Capehart on its evening news as an “objective analyst”. Seriously, Capehart passes for “objective analyst” on NBC. Capehart actually said that Obama’s speech was “Barack Obama’s gift to the people of the United States”. Capehart went on ad nauseum about he personally is free from the sins of racism that affect most other white folks. But according to Capehart, the rest of us need Barack the redeemer to save us. I actually felt sorry for Capehart. Anyone who needs to be so sycophantic is just sad.

Larraby on March 21, 2008 at 10:08 AM

The Washington ComPost, Newsweak, & Rolling Stoned seem to be trying to save their dying genre by moving further & further left to keep their devoted, rabid base. They seem to have given up on moderates & everyone else.

jgapinoy on March 21, 2008 at 10:14 AM

RSS = used by bloggers

Washington Post RSS = Don’t feed the trolls


Bacchus on March 21, 2008 at 10:57 AM


In case you missed my email to you on it.

Due to working mainly on their newer products the guys who developed Omea have released it to GPL license.

Hopefully the open source wonder kids will pick up the ball on development of the reader.

They were just swamped with the new stuff they were bringing out and couldn’t keep up with Omea.

CommentGuy on March 21, 2008 at 10:59 AM

I use the Omea Pro version since they made it free and I haul in a massive number of feeds so I don’t have to go hunting through archives at blogs or use fancy search strings on google to be site specific.

I like the capability to find every post across the blogs I follow plus other sources from the last year and a half in under a second or two.

In my experience, due to a power surge here, the data base itself remained ok, but the index file of all the unique words in the database had to be rebuilt which takes a long time with the size my data base has grown.

I don’t try to read the feeds I bring in real time, since there are so many, I rely on the search feature to pick up what I need and have an interest in.

On an average day I am pulling in about 3200 posts to the reader, based on the number I had in the unread box after being away from the house all day on business.

CommentGuy on March 21, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Just in case anybody is in a bind and can’t get to their feed reader. 186kps Mashup

Sorry for the shameless plug.

186k on March 21, 2008 at 11:38 AM

maybe they want you to have to come to their site instead… you could always use google alerts for the POST

Kaptain Amerika on March 21, 2008 at 12:28 PM

As someone not particularly interesting, I get my news from a variety of sources. Hot Air, Drudge, WSJ, Breibart, Times(LA,NY,WaPO,WaT), National Inquirer, the checkout counter at the supermarket, anonymous emails, hearsay….

Kini on March 21, 2008 at 12:39 PM

The less news that has top go through the washington post spin cyle…the better.

SaintOlaf on March 21, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Well, I’ve got a couple rss feeds for the WaPo. Headlines updates very infrequently, A section is usually more timely. Used to be that they’d dump a bunch of feeds at set times, but they really don’t seem to be user friendly over there.

Uncle Pinky on March 21, 2008 at 2:01 PM

Try Bloglines. Since it is internet based, rather then stand alone, you can pick it up on any PC.

William Teach on March 21, 2008 at 4:41 PM